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What does it mean to have lumps on your thyroid?

What does it mean to have lumps on your thyroid?

Probably benign: They are very common, and usually benign, but if they are bigger than one centimeter, or if there are certain radiographic features, then a fine needle aspiration is recomended. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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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


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Are all types of thyroid nodules/lumps cancerous?

Are all types of thyroid nodules/lumps cancerous?

Thyroid nodules: No, most thyroid nodules are not cancerous. A thyroid ultrasound is very sensitive at picking up tiny and often insignificant nodules. There are some features of thyroid nodules that make them more suspicious, such as large solitary "cold" ones, and other features. The best person to evaluate is an Endocrinologist who does his/her own U/S guided biopsies. ...Read more

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Are all types of thyroid nodules / lumps cancerous?

Are all types of thyroid nodules / lumps cancerous?

No: The majority of lumps in the thyroid when noted to be multiple on scan represent the condition "multinodular goiter" These are almost always benign. When a solitary lesion is present that is "cold" on isotope scan, this is suspicious for possible malignancy and should always be removed. Bx has a certain degree of error especially if a follicular lesion looking benign has invaded capsule. ...Read more

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I have lumps behind both lids above my eyeballs; I have thyroid disease, but am on meds & use a cpap, but use a mask. It's not painful, just annoying.

I have lumps behind both lids above my eyeballs; I have thyroid disease, but am on meds & use a cpap, but use a mask. It's not painful, just annoying.

See an eye MD: There are many possibilities here, ranging from things that are related to your thyroid problems to things completely unrelated, like allergies. Depending on what these "bumps" are, they can probably be treated. ...Read more

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I had thyroid cancer 5yrs ago and now I have two swollen lumps in my neck, really tired? Cancer again prob aye

I had thyroid cancer 5yrs ago and now I have two swollen lumps in my neck, really tired? Cancer again prob aye

Maybe: Go back to your surgeon and/or endocrinologist. Thyroid cancer recurs in the lymph nodes with some frequency and is usually curable with appropriate treatment, especially if you are young and had either papillary or follicular thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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I'm hving a little disturbance in my neck below my adams for 4days now. I'm having a dry throat and I don't see any lumps or inflamm. Is it my thyroid?

I'm hving a little disturbance in my neck below my adams for 4days now. I'm having a dry throat and I don't see any lumps or inflamm. Is it my thyroid?

Possible: Thyroiditis (subacute) is a possibility, although there are a lot of other structures in your neck and it is possible that it is not thyroid at all. Thyroiditis is often temporary and resolves. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Two pea sized lumps in groin but are slightly moveable. Moveable is a good sign right? 25 female hist of pap thyroid cancer..

Two pea sized lumps in groin but are slightly moveable. Moveable is a good sign right? 25 female hist of pap thyroid cancer..

Normal: It is normal to be able to feel small lymph nodes in the groin or other areas of the body. No need to worry about them. It would be exceedingly rare for them to be related to your history of thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Having the front and right side of thyroid removed due to lumps, I have pain shooting up the side of neck into ear, it's a sharp pain is it the lumps?

Having the front and right side of thyroid removed due to lumps, I have pain shooting up the side of neck into ear, it's a sharp pain is it the lumps?

Thyroid lumps: Usually lumps in the thyroid do not cause pain, but they can be associated with pain, if the thyroid gland is inflamed. It is common for an inflamed thyroid gland to be associated with ear pain. If you are having the lumps removed, hopefully, the biopsy will tell you if the gland is inflamed. ...Read more

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Got thyroid cancer, had op/neck dissection 4mnths ago, iodine treatment 5 weeks ago. Got random lumps in neck, very stiff and tender all of a sudden.

Got thyroid cancer, had op/neck dissection 4mnths ago, iodine treatment 5 weeks ago. Got random lumps in neck, very stiff and tender all of a sudden.

See your doctor: These kind of developments need to be examined by your physician. Make sure you are taking your thyroid med. Get labs regularly as instructed by your physician. ...Read more

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I have neck pain and 2 lumps on my neck could it be thyroid cancer? Also back pain and cough since october and done light nausea

I have neck pain and 2 lumps on my neck could it be thyroid cancer? Also back pain and cough since october and done light nausea

Possible: You need to consult a physician. These issues may or may not be related. The neck lumps could simply be enlarged lymph nodes due to infection of the lungs (explaining the cough) or something more serious. ...Read more

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Are cancerous neck lumps movable and firm?

Are cancerous neck lumps movable and firm?

Can be: But they also can be quite hard and fixed to structures. If you have enlarged nodes for a while without a clear explanation, you should be seen by your doc. ...Read more

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Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

No: Painless neck lumps are common and very few are cancerous. See your primary care doctor for exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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Can hives cause lumps at the back of the neck?

Can hives cause lumps at the back of the neck?

Lumps: They don't usually leave a lump. Hives itch a lot and are raised. Sometimes a chemical on the label of a shirt could trigeer them there or left over aftershave, shampoo. If they persist check with a skin doctor. ...Read more

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Why might someone have lumps in the back of neck?

Why might someone have lumps in the back of neck?

Cysts and lymphnodes: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have two white pimple like lumps on the side of my neck.?

I have two white pimple like lumps on the side of my neck.?

Milia: Milia are a common skin condition that is noncancerous and affects people of all ages. Milia appear as small white bumps and are the result of skin that does not slough off normally being trapped in a hair follicle or sweat gland. Some milia may occur after an injury or blistering of the skin and have appeared on people suffering from sun-damaged skin. ...Read more

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I have big lumps under the skin on the face and neck, what are they?

I have big lumps under the skin on the face and neck, what are they?

These could be: Cysts, lipomas, or many other benign tumors, see dermatologist for answers ...Read more

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Please advise if it's ever "normal" to have knots/lumps in lymph nodes of neck?

Please advise if it's ever "normal" to have knots/lumps in lymph nodes of neck?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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I've got these weird small lumps in my neck that move. What does this sound like?

I've got these weird small lumps in my neck that move. What does this sound like?

Lymph nodes: These may be lymph nodes and may be normal.
If they are painful, discolored, causing skin changes, or growing then you should have them checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there tiny wee glands around your neck? Is that what all the we lumps are I can feel?

Is there tiny wee glands around your neck? Is that what all the we lumps are I can feel?

Lumps: The lumps could be lymph nodes that can be scattered around the neck, however, there are several other possibilities. I encourage you to see a physician and have this verified to ensure this is nothing serious. ...Read more

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I always feel wee tiny lumps all over my neck? R theses normal? Iv been told there glands?

I always feel wee tiny lumps all over my neck? R theses normal? Iv been told there glands?

Probably lymph node: There are several lymph glands located within the structures of the neck & will vary in size from the size of a pea to much larger if stimulated. When stimulated they can enlarge quickly and feel tender to touch or compression. A visit with your dr during regular hours should separate the simple transient issues from those needing further tests. ...Read more

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I have moveable small painless softish lumps on the left side of my neck. Had them for over a year. Are they lipomas?

I have moveable small painless softish lumps on the left side of my neck. Had them for over a year. Are they lipomas?

Lipomas, lymph nodes: A lipoma will feel free floating in the skin. You will not feel a boarder to it. A lymph node will have better definition to it. It also will feel deeper. Lymph nodes enlarge with a history of infection among other things. Have it checked out by your primary doctor. He/she will examine you and may do blood work looking at your white cells. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have 2 large lumps in the lymph-node on the back/right side of my neck. (been there for a while) should I be worried?

I have 2 large lumps in the lymph-node on the back/right side of my neck. (been there for a while) should I be worried?

See a doctor: Generally, if enlarged lymph nodes (if that is what they are), which have been present and unchanged for some time, are harmless. On the other hand it would be very comforting to be seen by a doctor who can examine these and tell you whether they need to be biopsied. Suspect all will come out fine. ...Read more

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My baby has lumps near behind her neck. I can describe it like the lumps on the chickens neck (if you know what I mean).

My baby has lumps near behind her neck. I can describe it like the lumps on the chickens neck (if you know what I mean).

Probably lymph node: There are several lymph glands located within the structures of the neck & will vary in size from the size of a pea to much larger if stimulated. When stimulated they can enlarge quickly and feel tender to touch or compression. A visit with your dr during regular hours should separate the simple transient issues from those needing further tests. ...Read more

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I have 3 lumps on right side of neck and 1 in oval shape on right side for more than 2 years. They are painless & move able.

I have 3 lumps on right side of neck and 1 in oval shape on right side for more than 2 years. They are painless & move able.

Lumps: They sound like lymph nodes. If they are small, less than an inch in size, freely moveable and painless and all individual and not in other places, they sound like normal lymph nodes. All the best. ...Read more

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Hi I have 3 lumps under my skin on my head leading down my neck I have no clue what they r they don't hurt they r verry hard?

Hi I have 3 lumps under my skin on my head leading down my neck I have no clue what they r they don't hurt they r verry hard?

Lymphmnodes: Do you have any soresby scrating frequently-lice /dandruf/ring worm-fungal infection, psoriasis. The occipital lymphnodes could have been enlarged in above conditions. Also based on the age, how long you have, any h/o std's like syphylis, HIV can cause it, better to have them examined by your primary doctor atleast once. ...Read more

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I have got 3 lumps on left side and 1 on right side of neck. They are soft, painless and moveable. Are they dangerous? What are they?

I have got 3 lumps on left side and 1 on right side of neck. They are soft, painless and moveable. Are they dangerous? What are they?

Depends: It depends upon size and consistency so you really need an exam to be sure. Most likely they are cysts or lymph nodes. Movable is a good sign. If any of them are larger than 1 cm then see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have two lumps on the back of my neck what could they be. They are about a finger length apart. They don't hurt but they are hard.?

I have two lumps on the back of my neck what could they be. They are about a finger length apart. They don't hurt but they are hard.?

Can't tell here: Get examined, could be simply part of your spine (especially if in midline), could be other things, including lymph nodes-that's a different story. Need to be examined to determine what is what. ...Read more