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1.3cm thyroid nodule with multiple punctate calcification, ear pain, lump feeling in throat, cancer chance?

1.3cm thyroid nodule with multiple punctate calcification, ear pain, lump feeling in throat, cancer chance?

Possible: I don't love giving scary news in this type of forum but anytime I see a nodule with microcalcification I get concerned about cancer. It should definitely be biopsied. Lump feeling is probably unrelated. ...Read more

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Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


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I had biopsies of thyroid nodules today my neck muscles are hurting more and feel tight what should I look for if something did go wrong my throat is sore my ears hurt real bad here and there when I move to get up

I had biopsies of thyroid nodules today my neck muscles are hurting more and feel tight what should I look for if something did go wrong my throat is sore my ears hurt real bad here and there when I move to get up

You: You should have no serious problems from fine needle aspiration biopsy but if you have continued pain or swelling call the doctor who performed the biopsies. You might be achy for about a day. You can feel pain in the ear because of how your nerves work even though it was your thyroid and your ear was not biopsied. This is called referred pain. Sometimes people will tense their neck muscles because of pain elsewhere in the neck. I hope you feel better today and the biopsies are all negative (no cancer). ...Read more

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12 year old had throbbing, pain, and discomfort on the left side of neck for 2 weeks. Doctor than found 2 thyroid nodules. What caused the pain??

Mass effect: Pain is usually a clue that something in your anatomy isn't working quite as it should. The nodules can cause pain due to the mass effect of the increased size of the nodules. It needs to be evaluated ...Read more

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I 've thyroid nodules, largest 3.3cm, days ago I started with ear pain, no infection, could benign nodules cause this? Massaging thyroid doesn't repeat pain

I 've thyroid nodules, largest 3.3cm, days ago I started with ear pain, no infection, could benign nodules cause this? Massaging thyroid doesn't repeat pain

Not likely: Sometimes problems in the thyroid can cause pain radiating to the ears, but one would expect tenderness over the thyroid area. It is therefore unlikely that your ear pain is from the benign thyroid nodules. You should see an ENT doctor of symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Would a thyroid nodule cause back pain and eye/head pain/pressure and feeling of nervousness or electricity?

Would a thyroid nodule cause back pain and eye/head pain/pressure and feeling of nervousness or electricity?

Hyperthyroidism: Hyperthyroidism is an over active thyroid which can lead to anxiety eg nervousness as well as exophthalmos or protrusion (proptosis) of eyeball which might be experienced as pain/pressure. Thyroid nodule needs to be investigated as graves disease is common cause of hyperthyroidism & exophthalmos. Go see your family doc for initial testing, then referral to endocrinologist & ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Lrge thyroid nodule found on examination/past week been extrmely tired all day even w sleep. Headace, feel like throat always full & presured. Conected?

Lrge thyroid nodule found on examination/past week been extrmely tired all day even w sleep. Headace, feel like throat always full & presured. Conected?

See endocrinologist: Maybe. There are a lot of possibilities. You need thyroid function blood tests. Perhaps an ultrasound with biopsy. This could be simple, or it could be complicated. Best to see an endocrinologist to sort things out. As a 19 yo woman, odd are in favor of autoimmune thyroid disease (hashimoto's thyroiditis or graves). ...Read more

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I have been experiencing a fullness feeling under my chin, almost tightness that does extend down the front of my throat. I have thyroid nodules but feel this might be too high in the throat for them. Going for an u/s scan tomorrow of thyroid to be sure

Thyroid Nodules: Thyroid nodules are very common. About 1 in 3 people develop them in their lifetime. The reason why we care, is that (in general) 5% of them turn out to be malignant. We also worry if they start to grow & put pressure on other structures in the neck, or become autonomous/overactive. An u/s will be helpful to evaluate. You should also discuss with your Dr. About checking TFTs & Thyroid Abs. ...Read more

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Thyroid nodule is pushing on my throat, coughing, hard to swallow, feels awful. Don't know size yet, but what indications would it be removed?

Thyroid nodule is pushing on my throat, coughing, hard to swallow, feels awful. Don't know size yet, but what indications would it be removed?

Get evaluated: An indication to remove the thyroid due to a nodule is if it's already causing compressive symptoms. However, you need to get an ultrasound first to make sure it's a thyroid module causing your complaint and not something else. ...Read more

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I have thyroid nodules and I'm having a lot of thick phlegm. Also I began having pain that goes down to esophagus and up to the ear. Is that normal?

Unrelated: Hi. Thyroid nodules and phlegm are unrelated. What is your thyroid function? I assume if you were hyperthyroid, you'd tell us. Pain to esophagus? That's not very specific. Some thyroid nodules are cancerous. The workup depends on several variables including size and echogenic characteristics. To directly answer your question, thyroid nodules, thick phlegm, and pain in esophagus are not normal. ...Read more

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Hello I recently found a lump on my neck I went for ultra sound and it confermed a thyroid nodule size 2cm by 3 CM non cystic and hypervascular?

Hello I recently found a lump on my neck I went for ultra sound and it confermed a thyroid nodule size 2cm by 3 CM non cystic and hypervascular?

Biopsy: Hi. Assuming your thyroid function is normal (not hyperthyroid), the thyroid nodule you describe needs fine needle aspiration biopsy for cytology (and hopefully genetic testing) to see if it's cancer. If it's not cancer, you can leave it in and just follow it, and thus avoid surgery for a non-cancerous tumor. I have to assume that whoever ordered the ultrasound has told you that you need FNAB. ...Read more

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Can small thyroid nodules make you feel like someone's squeezing your neck?

Can small thyroid nodules make you feel like someone's squeezing your neck?

Generally not: Look for other causes. One uncommon cause is vocal cord dysfunction, which can feel just like an asthma attack, but is not relieved with inhalers. Esophageal spasm is another cause. Getting stuck on a preconceived diagnosis prevents the proper one from being made. See your doc, and describe your symptoms in detail to him, in order for the proper diagnosis to be made. ...Read more

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Soft nodule on back of neck, if touched, I experience vertigo. Lump is directly behind thyroid nodule on front of neck. Are they connected issues?

Soft nodule on back of neck, if touched, I experience vertigo. Lump is directly behind thyroid nodule on front of neck. Are they connected issues?

No: The thyroid is in the front of the neck. If this "soft nodule" is on the back of the neck, then it's not a thyroid. If pressing it cause vertigo, please see a physician to get it evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more