Hi - so nice to see a site with so many people helping each other, I need some of that! I'm a 49 year old stressed out single mom. A couple of months ago I noticed a lump in my neck, had a FNA and came back as benign hemorrhagic degenerative cyst. Then I noticed another lump on the lower right of my thyroid (didn't even know much about the thyroid before this)(other lump is upper left) my doc. looked worried and said I needed a radioactive scan but I found a very good endocrinologist , got an ultrasound at his office and was told the cyst looked ok but the lower lump is solid and either one large or two lumps together about 3mm by about 1.5mm, plus another small nodule. He said I had a multinodular goiter (isn't goiter a Yiddish swear word? :).That tech did a FNA with 3 needles.
I'll get the results sometime next week but in the meantime I'm worried, it's all I can think about. I know that the chances of really bad news are minimal - read lots of literature, but it's not like talking to real people who are also dealing with this. The only person I have known who has had a thyroid problem was my sister's mom-in-law who last October was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and she died in November! I know that it was a very rare form of cancer, but it scared me then and I didn't even know I had a lump then!
I have also had hip/leg problems that started about 10 years ago (after a very stressful year). I thought it was sciatica, I had trouble walking but with chiropractic care got a lot better and I was walking fine until fall of 2006 when I had trouble getting from sitting to standing, with a lot of pain in left groin/hip. After being told I had a ganglion cyst in the acetabulum, possibly torn labrum in the hip joint and osteoarthritis I was told I needed hip replacement, another doc then said he could fix the problem with arthroscopic surgery and bone graft. Had surgery Dec 2006 - not a great experience, could write a book titled 'never have surgery on Friday afternoon' but that's another story! Have not been able to walk well since the surgery - lots of pain in both legs - upper thighs and groin and knees. Also developed slight seperation in right AC joint (shoulder/clavicle) and pain in upper arm and hand at times.
I have been to many lots of alternative therapy people. An OMD (oriental MD) that I have seen said I had exhauted adrenals and we discovered that I had an infected tooth which I had removed in January, probably had been infected for at least 4 years when the crown was redone, original root canal done 20 years ago. I have also, on the advice of my acupuncturist, had all my amalgam fillings removed in the last few weeks (9 big ones - been there many years).
So, I am wondering has anyone (who was able to get through this epic) had similar symptoms because I am thinking that all my 'stuff' might be connected. And, has anyone related thyroid issues to dental infection/mercury toxicity? And....is surgery or radioactive goop the only way to heal - neither sounds great.
FYI: labs are:T4- 7.3, t-Uptake - 33.0, Free T4 - 1.0, Free thyroxine index 2.4, TSH - 1.29, Thyroglobulin Antibodies - <20, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies 33 (reference range on last one <35, new doc took another blood draw to test that one again, don't know result yet).
One more thing: the lower lump bothers me I feel it most of the time and esp. when I swallow or have to shout at my son, ha ha - true though! (He's 14 - has iPod, video games - you gotta shout sometimes, nice kid though).
Thanks sooooo much to anyone who managed to read through all of this, I appreciate your time. Hope you are healthy - me too!