Posted 8/22/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -6)
I had a 3X2.5 nodule that was removed because of a variety of symptoms and thyroid cancer in my family.
My ENT said this is what we are doing and so I agreed.
For 7 years I had a constant tickly cough, hoarseness, choking on food at almost every meal, choking on water! high fevers, chills, shaking and muscle aches that NO ONE could diagnose.
But, after surgery I felt fine for two months. I lost 20 lbs. Suddenly I started gaining it back, craving sweets, tired and listless, puffy face, and my feet hurt so bad I could hardly stand up. I started having chills at night like I had the flu about once a week.
My Endo said started me on 75 synthroid. He said I will feel better and lose weight but it may take months before I feel like myself again. My thyroid function came back LOW/NORMAL.
I would vote for taking the nodule out. By the 5th day of meds, I already felt so much better.
With the nodule IN I felt lousy. Now it is gone and I feel better on the meds. I have to go back every 3 months for the next 9 months tho to talk about how I feel and do the lab work.