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Removal Methods for Solid Lumps in Thyroid

hi everyone,

I just received a report back from ultrasound showing that I have a lump in my thyroid that is solid, dimensions 3x2x2. I have read some comments about how removal of the lump was for fluid filled ones, but what about solid ones? does the surgery and stuff leave a scar? Apart from that, I want to know the after-effects of the surgery (if one is needed).. I heard the back of the neck hurts..? how long does it hurt? I'm currently in high school and I have a solo piano recital coming up that's very important to me in about one month. Will after effects stay for that long?

thanks so much in advance!!


This discussion is related to I have a lump in my thyroid and I am about to have a thyroid biospy, I'm scared.
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loonette: for me, I figured out the size and dimensions of my nodule through ultrasound. If you go to your family doctor, I'm pretty sure they will tell you where you can get an ultrasound done (I got mine done at the hospital). hope that helps!

898: thanks for sharing your story! yes, research on your own I'd say helps give an overall idea of our situation.. but just be warned that not everything on the internet is true, and I think to get the best information, it's from your surgeon. My family doctor gave very good information, but some of it turns out to be slightly off. This may be because their studies were a long time ago, and research and tech. have improved a lot since. So, I'd say your surgeon (if you decide to get surgery) is one of the best methods of getting information. :) Best of luck with your TT!


On that note, just wanted to tell everyone it's been decided to get the hemi surgery (one side of neck) in a few months. Woo! I'm getting somewhere.. haha. I got a biopsy done but the nodule turned out to be one of the ones that can't be determined as benign or not unless it is taken out and studied. Thanks for letting me express my worries on this forum. Best of luck to everyone, and if you ever suspect you may have a thyroid nodule, go to a doctor ASAP!
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929504 tn?1332585934
My story is similiar to yours. I have a thyroid Goiter (Enlargement) on both the rt and left sides....with multinodules (growths) within the Thyroid. The deminsions indicate how large the thyroid lobe is on either side. Most nodules over 1cm causes for concern. Once a sonogram or ct scan is performed, the doc will determine whether or not a fine needle biopsy (fna) is necessary. In most cases, if the sonogram results are abnormal or if it show nodules...a fna will be requested. After the fna results are determined, the doc may or maynot suggest surgery. In my case....I am suggested to have a tt (total thyroidectomy) because of the size and because of the abnormal cells found on both sides of the thyroid. My suggestion to you is to...research alot and get more than one opinion.
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945934 tn?1289046024
Hi,
bumping up.....
I am not so good with all the measurements as others are.  Hoping someone can be of assistance.
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1044406 tn?1253571148
The right lobe of the thyroid measures 5.7 x 1.9 x 1.9 cm and demonstrate very heterogeneious echotexture and reaveals a small 0.8 x0.8 cm hypoechoic nodule in the upper pole laterally. More medially thre is a 1.8 x 1.1 x 1.4 cm solid nodule in the lower pole. The rest of the gland appears to be otherwise remarkable. The left lobe of the thyroid meaures 4.8 x 2.1 x 1.8 cm and demonstrates a solid nodule in the mid pole which measures 2.8 x 1.6 x 1.5 cm. The isthmic region measures 2.7mm and demonstrates homogenous echotexture.

Impression: Bilateral Thyroid Nodules


What does all this mean?
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hey everyone, thanks for the advice so far, and the advice to other members on this thread that are asking questions!

I have finished my piano recital already! It went really well overall. As for the thyroid, I FINALLY have an appointment after so long to a specialist to see what to do about the thyroid.. but the specialist doesn't specialize in thyroids (apparently there are none in my town), so I might just end up getting another appointment scheduled to some other doctor..

if anything I've learned through this experience, GO STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOCTOR if you suspect anything. We made a not so good move when we decided to go to the walk in clinic first because it was closer, and faster to book an appointment. I ended up doing a whole circle.. and my fam doctor couldn't interfere for a while because the walk in clinic was sorta in charge for a while. .but it's all good now. So make sure you don't do what I do to prevent things taking longer than actually needed!

sorry for the long post, haha. thanks for everyone's advice! I'm really not freaking out as much right now. when/if it comes time to surgery, i may a little more.. but.. until then, lol. :)

I'll keep everyone posted! thanks so much
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676032 tn?1315674063
Cool, thats great. Im going to be checking my neck noe lol... Thanks again! Was a big help x
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898
These are from Internet and Flickr; some people are sharing their stories.
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676032 tn?1315674063
It feels very small though. Maybe Im just over reacting cause I knoe I have a thyroid problem. Dont have any swelling like thoes pics!

Its it you in the pics??? Jez, it must have been painful!
Thanks for the info, put me at ease a lil. Il just keep an eye on it and see!
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898
The exact location of the thyroid varies from person to person; some people have it partially substernal; some have it higher in the neck. Most nodules originated in thyroid are moving up during the swallowing; they are more prominent when the patient stretches his/her neck.
3.5 cm mass in left lobe during the swallowing looks like this: http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3584/3296830700_3fb2cfd939.jpg?v=0
Some located in very odd place and can be confused with inflamed lymph nodes such as this one: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xKfv4of-BFA/SffM0GI9g8I/AAAAAAAAA2M/TRKfQvjZgok/s320/Avery%27s+party+242.jpg;
This was initial diagnosis of the patient; she was put on antibiotics, however the CT scan and the ultrasound diagnosed swelling as thyroid nodule, to the doctor’s, patient’s and my surprise. I addition the ultrasound found 3 smaller nodules [this caused me almost to fall from the chair, as I NEVER believed that thyroid abnormalities can escape visual detection on the thin person!!!]
Thyroid neck check procedure can help patient to detect 1cm solid nodules.
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676032 tn?1315674063
Can soneone explaine to me where the thyroid is situated. I touught it was at the bas o of the neck, above the breast bone but now for some reason I think its under the Adams apple.

From reading the question above, I dono if I have a lump on my neck. I can feel one to the left of my neck, under my Adams apple! Its feels solid... Im freacking out now!
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915277 tn?1252573113
First, don't be scared, try to be as calm as you can, you may be getting all nervous for nothing!!  Have you had a biopsy yet?? I just had one a few weeks ago and it's pretty easy and minimal pain and No cancer was found...every lump is not cancer!!  let us know how everything goes...good luck
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i too have a solid lump on my left side, i had an ultrasound done now im waiting to get in to and endo im sooo scared
any sugesstions
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I just had surgery last Tuesday.  Pain was minimal, off meds now for a few days, never took the hard stuff-it really wasn't that painful.  My three were each over 1cm, one was over 2cm, so I think my three were about as big or bigger than your one, they were solid, and my biopsy could not rule out cancer.  I walked 3 miles fast today, still tired sometimes.  I only had 1/2 of my thyroid removed, I assume my other half is compensating.  The only neck pain was my neck from sleeping, I couldn't get comfortable sitting up...scar is about 3-4 inches long, hardly noticeable, but the steri-strip is still in place, when it falls off, I assume there will be a scar, but it is not a big deal to me.  The only thing you should be concerned about is if it needs to be taken out immediately.  Have you had a biopsy?  If not, get one done.  You don't want to fool around if it is cancer.  If it is not cancer, you can choose to leave it alone until after your important recital.  Hope this helps!
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898
Prior to removal of this mass, the biopsy is needed to be done. Based upon its results it will be determined if only affected lobe needs to come out or the complete thyroid removal is necessary.
Laser nodule treatment was on the trial, but the outcome of this procedure is questionable.
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