Hi Mary Ann--
I have hashimotos hypothyroid and other endo problems and I had a scan of the thyroid done a couple of months ago and they were sure I had at least one nodule, then they did the uptake test and decided it's just swollen and bumpy from the hashis. It's difficult for them to tell if you have nodules and a good doc, because of your other problems, will pursue them. Women tend to have more nodules, with most nodules being benign, though women have malignant ones more than men, they have benign ones many more times than men do. I did a lot of research and even looked at pictures of the thyroid ultrasounds and stuff. The thyroid is bumpy so they make mistakes a lot, well, its just hard to tell on the ultrasound, so when they do the uptake test they look for "cold" spots, areas where the thyroid is not working, like dead spots sort of. Even these are normal findings in many women and are usually just maybe something to note and watch. It is frightening though and I fully understand how you feel on this because there is always the chance you are one of the people who has a malignancy. If they do find nodules, I would encourage you to get them biopsied and if your doctors don't want to, consider getting a second opinion, just to be sure, if you are worried. Thyroid cancer is very slow growing usually and one of the ones they have pretty good success curing because you don't have to have a thyroid (though you have to take thyroid hormone afterward for the rest of your life--but if your thyroid is not working properly you will likely be put on it anyway). I will pray for you that you get thorough care on this issue and that everything ends up being benign. It's sounds like you have a lot on your plate and don't need this right now. I've talked to some people that have had their thyroid removed and in some ways it's easier than having benign, degenerative thyroid disease like I have because the docs know my thyroid is going to die, but it never functions consistently from day to day, so one day my thyroid hormone dose seems to low, the next day it is too strong. Of course this creates a nice hormonal rollercoaster effect similar to pms or premenopause or something. So if you ever have to get it out, it probably wasn't working good and you will likely feel much better once it is done, so I've been told. I love being on thyroid hormone, it has given me more energy, better moods and I'm much healthier. I hope you can relax some and you should feel reassured that your doctors are following up on this because often nodules in women are assumed benign due to statistics and the doctors don't follow up on it. Because the cancer is slow growing, they watch and wait. Mary Shomon has a good thyroid site with a forum and actually they do all endocrine it's http:\\about.thyroid.com and there is more info there than you can believe. You need to know that many women are underdiagnosed for hashimotos hypothyroidism and you need to make sure that they test your thyroid autoantibodies (TPOS) because this can be high and damaging your thyroid and causing nodules and swelling even if you have a "normal" thyroid test (TSH). Also, normal for TSH was changed to 3-4 from 6 a few years ago so more women with mild hypothyroid could be treated. There is an online test for hypothyroid on mary shomons site. Hashimotos is an autoimmune disease that is often seen with other autoimmune diseases.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
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