Yesterday was biopsy day for my thyroid. If you’re late on coming into this story it goes like this. In December I went to the doctor for a yearly check. When the doctor was checking me she felt a lump in my neck. I had an ultra sound done on it. Nodules were found on it and I was referred to an endocrinologist for a consult and biopsy.
Hubby took me to Lacrosse and Kelli stayed with my childcare kiddos. I had a 12:45 appointment. Here’s what I was told….
-My thyroid was working in normal parameters.
-I had a 4.7 cm nodule on the left and 3.5 cm nodule on the right.
-There were other smaller ones as well.
-From the biopsy could come back as benign, cancerous, suspicious or non-diagnostic.
-I will get a call and be told the results in 48-72 hours.
If it is cancerous I’ll be moved on to the surgeon and have it removed.
If it is malignant I’ll have to continue this yearly… appointment, ultrasound and biopsy.
If it is suspicious or non-diagnostic it will have to come in every 6 months for appointment, ultrasound and biopsy.
BUT. Anyone who has a nodule that is greater than 4 cm can opt to just have the surgery. I was told once they get that large it’s harder and harder to properly biopsy them as cancerous cells could be there, but the person performing the biopsy just didn’t get the right spot. Also people start having other problems with swallowing and such.
If surgery is done I’ll be on a pill for life….
At this point, my left nodule is larger than the 4 cm guideline and I am leaning towards having it removed regardless of the biopsy results.
I’ve been having left ear discomfort for some time. I often feel like am going to be getting an ear infection or had plugged ear like when I have a cold. She said that likely the large nodule is putting pressure on a nerve that’s the issue. I also have a “catch” on the left side when I swallow…Also likely due to pressure from the nodule. Both these things are problems that have “snuck up on me”. Until someone talked to me about it I didn’t really realize how annoying it all is.
For now I’ve been doing some reading and talking with family in hopes to be ready to make an informed decision once the results come in. I have very much appreciated all the notes, emails, texts and comments left here on the blog. I’m doing fine with it all…this is just a hurtle in my road on the way to year number 51 of my life. I’ll keep you posted.