Nodule 2.3 cm on Thyroid with Blood Flow. HELP

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   Posted 2/17/2011 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone:
I'm new to this forum.  Have never had any thyroid problems.  I had been having lots of strange symptoms (tingling/vibrating/numbness, etc) this last year and made an appt to see an endo doc (found out that I have lyme disease the day of my appt).  Anyway, all my blood work was okay but she did a quick ultrasound in her office and saw a nodule.  Something around 1 cm I think.
She sent me to have a detailed ultrasound and I got a call from the doctors office that my nodule is 2.3cm and has blood flow so I have to go in for a biopsy.  Unfortunately, soonest I could get in is March 14th.  The nurse said that it was growing and had blood flow.  I said "is that not good"  and she said "no, it isn't good".  Okay, there goes my anxiety....
Should I be worried about cancer?  I am not having any symptoms at all and was pretty surprised that anything turned up but now I'm really scared.  Are they going to want to remove this nodule even if it is cancer free and if so, will they take my whole thyroid?  If they take my whole thyroid, what will my life be like?
Oh my gosh.....  Had to have my gallbladder out Jan 2010 (we think because of my lyme disease), I'm now being treated for Lyme and now I have to worry about this!!!  What next????
Anyway, if someone, anyone could answer my questions, I would be very grateful.
Thank you.
Carrie - Northern California

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   Posted 2/20/2011 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Carrie, I don't know about the nodule with blood flow. I'm still new to all of this myself. But we're here for you.
Keep us informed of your results.
((((((((((gentle hugs))))))))))))))

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   Posted 2/21/2011 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carrie!! Have you checked out the lyme disease forum here? Alot of good advice there too. I am fairly certain I'm battling lyme even though my ELISA test was negative. My PCP sent me for a thyroid ultrasound and mine came back with a nodule approximately the size of 1.0 X 0.8 X 0.5 cm. Not sure if it's a nodule with blood flow or not, I don't see an endo until March 30th. I am also very concerned about cancer.

Rent a wreck
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   Posted 2/21/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thyroid cancer is not that common, but benign nodules are. Did the endo do a fine needle aspiration (fna) of the nodule? that is the best way to tell if it is something to worry about or not. I had nodules discovered by accident many years ago, had fna's done every year and came back negative, but then I developed more nodules and they continued to grow. I had a total thyroidectomy in dec 2008. They were benign nodules. And now I am on synthroid every day for the rest of my life. Which is no big deal, no problems because of it, just need to have blood work every 3 months to monitor the levels. If the nodule had been cancerous, treatment is not that big of a deal and you move on with life.

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   Posted 2/24/2011 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had hypothyroid for close to 10 yrs now and have never had any problems up about 2 yrs ago.
I am going to a new Endo today if I can remember I'll see what he says about it.
Try not to let this get the best of you, it wont help any.
Make time for yourself and find ways to help you relax so you can get some good sleep.

Keep us posted on what the Endo says.

Synthroid (dose keeps changing once it's stable I'll update)
There are other meds but they also change almost every month. lol

May the sun shine on you and warm your heart.

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   Posted 2/25/2011 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi- I also had Lyme but was unsuccessfully treated but..never had thyroid problems before I had Lyme.
I was treated for hypothyroidism for years. Last year my glands became swollen for weeks so they did an ultrasound and found 3 nodules. One larger one on the left and 2 smaller ones on the right.
After changing endocrinologist because the first one didn't want to biopsy it I finally had it done in Dec. The report came back atypical so now I have to get another done next month. If that one shows atypical then they will remove it.
My doctor did tell me that mine were solid and those are the ones that should be biopsied. The ones that are fluid filled are more likely benign. Don't worry too much because even if it is cancerous then you would just have your thyroid removed...I still have to wait another whole month to have another done but I am okay. I had no symptoms really either. It was just by chance because of my swollen glands which was just a virus.
I know its hard not to worry but I have done so much of that through the past years and I have always been fine. Good luck!  And yes thyroid nodules are very common...
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