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I have been treated for hypothyroidism for several years.  In the last 2 years I have gone from a normal size 8 to 18 and now down to a size 3.  I stopped my medication 2-3 months ago and have still been losing weight.  A total of 61 pounds.  Last week they did more tests and discovered I have a nodule on my left, I think, side of my thyroid.  I'll be having another ultra sound and needle biopsy 8/5.  This week I have also had a tremendous change to having very oily hair.  Is there a link here?
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Really depends on thyroid levels -- if pointing towards hyperthyroidism, then the nodule may be overproducing thyroid hormone causing all this weight loss even off meds.  If it is a "hot" (overfunctioning) nodule then it is not likely cancer.  If the TSH is low (the lab indication of hyperthyroidism) then next step would be I-123 scan to compare to ultrasound -- if it is a truly hot nodule, FNA is usually not indicated.
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