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I have 8 small thyroid nodules and have had a chronic cough 4-5 months. Should I be concerned?

I have 8 small thyroid nodules and have had a chronic cough 4-5 months. Should I be concerned?

Thyroid nodules: 35 F notes I have 8 small thyroid nodules and cough 5 months. Asks: Should I be concerned? ANS: I would think the two are not likely related. Depending on what you call small. If ones you can feel then may be related. So ask your Dr to investigate the cause of your cough. A common cause is what is called an ACE cough if you are taking an ACE inhibitor. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...Read more


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Thyroid nodule is pushing on my throat, coughing, hard to swallow, feels awful. Dont know size yet, but what indications would it be removed?

Thyroid nodule is pushing on my throat, coughing, hard to swallow, feels awful.  Dont 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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Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles . Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning . No chest pain no fev.?

Salty clear phlegm/ mucus with little bubbles . Similar mucus sometimes from nose. Thick mucus cough sometimes in the morning . No chest pain no fev.?

Chronic bronchitis: You are describing chronic bronchitis. If you smoke this is a strong indication you should quit. In a nonsmoker this could represent asthma or other respiratory conditions. You should see your healthcare provider and get pulmonary function tests. ...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?

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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Dr said follow up u/s in one year for 7 mm hypoechoic thyroid nodule. Is this too long to wait? Or normal?

It should be Ok: Most thyroid nodules are either benign or very slow growing. So a recheck in 6 months to 12 months later is quite reasonable. ...Read more

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7mm thyroid nodule seen on u/s, then endo did own u/s and didn't see anything. Said i could get f/u u/s in 1 year? Too long to wait? Been 10 months.

7mm thyroid nodule seen on u/s, then endo did own u/s and didn't see anything. Said i could get f/u u/s in 1 year? Too long to wait? Been 10 months.

It's OK: Thyroid nodules are very very common and a 1 year follow up for a 7mm nodule is fine. I would not worry at all if i were you. Sounds like your doctor is doing the right thing. ...Read more

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Incidental thyroid nodule found measuring 7mm hypoechoic.1 month later thyroid specialist said there was no nodule. Do i need another u/s?If so, when?

Incidental thyroid nodule found measuring 7mm hypoechoic.1 month later thyroid specialist said there was no nodule. Do i need another u/s?If so, when?

Not necessarily: A 7 mm thyroid nodule is considered well under the 1 cm size at which we start to be more concerned. The endocrinologist didn't even see one when you followed up. I would not recommend any planned follow up with imaging. Other favors are important like your family history of thyroid problems, exposure to ionizing radiation, thyroid function tests, & thyroid antibodies. Ask endocrinologist. ...Read more

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I've done a thyroid u/s. Dr. Called and said they found 2 thyroid nodules. Now i'm going for a thyroid uptake scan. What will this test do or show?

I've done a thyroid u/s. Dr. Called and said they found 2 thyroid nodules. Now i'm going for a thyroid uptake scan. What will this test do or show?

Hot or cold: Thyroid nuclear scan usually with iodine 123 will show whether nodule is active (hot, increased uptake, or nonactive (cold, decreased uptake).More cold nodules are cancer.For patients presenting with thyroid nodules greater than 1 cm. In diameter (up to 20% will be malignant). They should be carefully evaluated, and managed. If greater than 1 cm. Should be closely followed or biopsied. ...Read more

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U/s confirmed thyroid nodules requires bx. More than a few&a couple over 1.5cm. Thyroid disease is that addison's?Highwbc, plate?On chance its cancer

Thyroid nodules are: Common. Many people get thyroid nodules and people tend to get more as they get older. The majority (90-95%) are not cancer. Addison's is a problem with adrenal insufficiency and low cortisol levels and unrelated to thyroid nodules. ...Read more

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How fast do thyroid nodules grow?

Variable: Thyroid nodules are variable in their growth patterns. Some can grow quickly in size, particularly if there is a cystic component to the nodule. Your doctor will usually suggest an ultrasound to follow the growth of the nodule every 6 months to one year, depending on the level of suspicion. ...Read more

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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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more