Thyroid nodule....

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Tavish
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   Posted 2/13/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
It's always something.....I've always been told I have a large thyroid. Last year my GYN wanted me to get a blood test and I was a noncompliant patient. THis year I did it along with an ultrasound. Turns out there is a nodule and I have to have a scan.  I think I had a fineneedle biopsy in colllege that showed nothing, and I've always had this "large" thyroid, so I presume it is nothing but a hassle.
 
I'm going to try to pick up the u/s report tomorrow. Problem is that I had shrimp with dinner last night and today when I learned of the need for the scan, they say that I cannot have eaten seafood for 6 weeks. Those 2 shrimp from last night may have cost me 6 weeks....
 
Oh well, I'll let you all know when I know more...


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   Posted 2/14/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Do you have to wait because there's a danger to you if you've eaten seafood and get a scan or a risk of the scan not showing something if you've eaten seafood in the past six weeks?  If it's the latter, I'd ask to get it done anyway, and then again in six weeks if they're not sure of something.  Get me scanned as soon as possible if you think there might be something there.  That's just me.  I know you're not worried because of previous tests, but I'd probably be losing sleep thinking something was metasticizing right this minute.  I get that kinda anxious. 

 

I envy you your calmness.  Here's hoping for a pork chop bone or a big thyroid or something else B9


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   Posted 2/14/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Lori,
Why don't they just do an u/s guided needle biopsy? We've (both me and my husband) have had our share of those and you'll get results fairly quickly. Additionally, a good u/s machine will show how much blood is flowing to the nodule and whether it really is suspect at all. Are you on thyroid meds already? If so, you'll need to stop those for a scan if it's the scan I'm thinking about (radioactive iodine). I've had nodules for years that come and go, and my husband has ones that stay but grow slowly. We just went, in fact, to the Endocrinologist and hubby's nodules hadn't grown so no new biopsy. Let me know if I can offer any help!
Lauré
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Tavish
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   Posted 2/14/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
They said I do not have to wait...unless I have eaten large amounts of seaweed (like in sushi). I forgot what she said about why, but it would interfere with the test and just render it useless. U/S report says 2 nodules, probably a multinodular goiter. Thyroid problems run in my family, so I guess it is par for the course. I am mildly concerned, but thyroid problems are so very treatable that it is not a big issue for me.

Besides, worrying would not help anything or would not change anything, so why bother? Let's find out what it is besides I panic about it mestasizing. Why put the cart before the horse?


Post Edited (Tavish) : 2/14/2008 3:16:45 PM (GMT-7)


gma
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   Posted 2/14/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Lori, I think it has something to do with Iodine in seafood and seaweed. Iodine or lack thereof affects the thyroid. My daughter, Chris, was diagnosed with Graves Disease a condition of a hyperactive thyroid. Usually thyroid problems including cancer are very treatable, but even so who wants and needs them, right? I hope all is well. My sil had thyroid cancer back in 68 and has not had any problems after removal of her thyroid. Keep us posted. Hugs, MK


Tavish
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   Posted 2/14/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
My boss had thyroid ca in 76 and is alive and well. No one needs a hassle, but that is all it is, is a hassle....Based on my own thyroid 'history' I presume it is nothing, but best to check it out.


coopfesta
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   Posted 2/15/2008 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Exactly why I came here in the first place, to get some dependable, reasonable counters to those thoughts that frighten me at such times!!!!!  I'm a big believer in thinking through the stuff, it's just that the stuff is still there.....and tends to cause me to lose sleep.  Luckily it's usually temporary.  The reason you provide is great medicine, ladies. 
 
 
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Cathi
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   Posted 2/17/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Lori..I know nothing about theThyroid except that my sister has problems & is on meds & that seems
to take care of the problem...
 
Hopefully the scan will show that there is no problem...I love you lady and you are always in my
thoughts & prayers..Please keep us updated sweetie.
 
Love and hugs
 
Cathi
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Tavish
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   Posted 2/21/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the scan yesterday,...took a radioactive pill and went in two more times for "counts" and scans, then another count this morning...hopefully results early next week. I have some "symptoms" that could be related to thyroid issues, like insomnia, so I am actually hoping they find something that would explain the troubles. I have a family hx of thyroid issues too, so it would not be surprising if I was part of the family too...

Thyroid issues are so very treatable, just hope to get an answer without requiring a biopsy.

Lori

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