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Can thyroid nodules spread?
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Can thyroid nodules spread?

I just recently found out I have a nodule on my right lobe thyroid gland. When I first found out a couple of months ago it was only like 3 mm in size. Now it is almost a centimeter in size. During a recent MRI of my brain there was a subcentimeter sized nodule in the anterior lobe of my pituitary gland. Can this be caused by a possible thyroid cancer? The nodule in my thyroid hasn't been investigated by my doctor, and I am dealing with chiari malformation on top of everything else. My neck is very swollen and I have had a terrible sore throat for a couple of weeks with difficulty swallowing. I also coughed up a small blood clot yesterday, but I am not experiencing any chest pain that would suggest it was caused by a URI. I think the nodule on my pituitary gland could be causing some of the visual disturbances I have been experiencing, but then again Chiari could be the culprit as well. Is it possible that I am going through early thyroid cancer stages? I don't have a very good relationship with my new PCP, but I know that I should have this investigated.I have also had weird stabbing pains in the right side of my head right above the temples that I don't think is caused by chiari. I wonder if this could be from pituitary nodule? I have been treated like a hypochondriac though. (I have learned a while ago that doctors don't know a damn thing about chiari malformation in my area) It has even been suggested that I be placed on Haldol. UGH!!! I am almost afraid to go to the doctor because of the way I have been treated. But then again, I need to have further diagnostic testing to rule out early cancer. Has anyone else experienced the same issues as I in regard to the thyroid and pituitary gland nodules? Any advice would be appreciated. And if you don't mind sharing your stories with me, I would be grateful to hear your stories as well.

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The pituitary lump and the thyroid nodules are not likely related.
You need to see an endocrinologist to evaluate both.
Both are very common incidental findings that often do not require treatment.  Pituitary lumps (adenomas) do not usually cause symptoms unless they are large.
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