It was my telling my family doctor
that I had this almost constant feeling of a ball of phlegm at the base of my throat. I have COPD so assumed that might be the reason. I've always worn turtle necks (loose) as I chill easily and can't stand cold on my neck. I occasionally have complained of pain running up the side of my neck to behind my ear and sometimes in/under my jaw near the joint. But we know I have some mild hardening of the carotids w/normal flow so I attributed that symptom to the carotids.
I went in for my flu shot and mentioned that I couldn't wear a collar anywhere near the front center of my throat anymore due to this "feeling" of constriction.
I didn't get a flu shot, or a script
for an antibiotic for the COPD as I anticipated - instead I got shipped off to the imaging center for a soft tissue CT of the neck. Three days later that resulted in a referral to a surgeon!!!! Say what?? It turns out the surgeon no longer does guided ultrasound fine needle aspiration biopsies of the thyroid but rather orders them done by an interventional radiologist at one of the local hospitals so I was shipped off to the hospital for an FNAB a week later!!!
Preliminary results looked good yesterday when the FNAB was done. I should know by Thursday what the lab has to say.
Oh! I'm 5'3" and have weighed 110-115 since I was 13 - except I have Crohn's so from time to time weight LOSS has been a problem, not excessive weight gain. When I've been on TPN via PICC line to gain weight the gain was slow and steady, 1-2 lbs a week, and it was an evenly distributed weight gain.
All of a sudden I've gained 20+ lbs in 13 months and it is all FLAB and all packed on in the abdominal area. For this to first appear at 67 years of age DON'T try to tell me its "middle age spread" or due to my age, etc. HORSEPUCKIES! If that were the case it should have happened long before this. I've been post menopause the last 17 years and have NOT done hormone therapy. Nor, thank God, have I needed steroids for the Crohn's or the COPD but 2-3 times in 30 years.