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Thyroid problems?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by dancing daisy, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Hi All.

    I have got to have a blood test next week (not a fan of needles), I have had a lump appear in my neck it has been there for about 3 weeks now. My GP does not think it is anything sinister and believes it is probably a swollen gland. I haven't had any viruses or colds lately.

    I have been doing some googling for possible causes (I know this is nearly always a bad idea). My main thing is trying not to concentrate on worst case scenarios (cancer etc).

    Whilst looking on the net I was reading about thyroid conditions, and some of it sounded quite familiar. Alongside the lump the only other symptoms I have are trouble sleeping, I can drop off to sleep but can't stay asleep, constantly tossing and turning which makes me very tired at work. Also (possibly TMI) I sweat quite alot and get very warm during the night.

    Does anyone have any experience of thyroid problems? I may just be clutching at straws and trying to reassure myself.

  2. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    If you had a goitre, you'd not describe it as a lump, and it'd have been there more than 3 weeks.
  3. I have an overactive thyroid gland, and those symptoms <u>could</u> be down to that, but they are also quite generic symptoms that could equally apply to other things too - could be stress.
    Also I had a small goitre when diagnosed, and i'd certainly not describe it as a lump as Lila said, it is reasonably large, and would be in the front of your neck.
  4. GPs usually know when they're looking at a neck lump that requires urgent attention. If yours has said it's nothing serious, he's probably telling the truth. It doesn't sound like a goitre to me (given that I can't see it and hav no medical training!) - they're more a large swelling across the front of the neck, symmetrical.
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Ine common symtom of an over-active thyroid is 'bulging eyes' as well as a goitre.
    sounds pre- or actual menopause ssymptoms. I still have trouble with this and I'm post-menopause
  6. I hadn't considered that but I hope it isn't that. Hopefully will just be a cyst and they can get rid of it.
  7. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    Some of those symptoms do sound like overactive thyroid,which is why your doctor has suggested further tests.
    My daughter had overactive thyroid which responded well to medication (tablets). It then seemed to settle down and she just has a hospital test every 6 or 12 months. Not taking any medication now.
    (When it was diagnosed, the first thing I thought about was the Chernobyl connection, since I was expecting her at the time and making a big effort to drink milk shortly before the warning went out about no pregnant women in Europe should be drinking milk!)
    All seems fine with her now and apparently thyroids can do this occasional burst of overactivity.
    Hope you get sorted. Don't forget to ask lots of questions if there's anything you want to know
  8. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    Oops, tried to edit it. Why not go back to your GP and ask for further tests if you aren't satisfied?

    (must read OPs properly)
  9. I have got to wait and see what the blood test results come back with, not quite sure what they will actually test for. My doctor is pretty good as his specialism is ENT.
  10. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    I guess your GP would have asked for thyroid test as part of general blood test with those symptoms?
  11. I would imagine so, fingers crossed I will find out what is wrong. I would give anything just to have a decent nights sleep for a change.
  12. I have a lump too near my thyroid, but after tests they said it was just a cyst. Apparently lots of us have small cysts on our glands, but sometimes they inflame. I've had mine syringed a few times but it comes back. The consultant has said it will probably stay like this forever, but it is unlikely that anything worse will develop. Hopefully yours will just be something similar to this. Hope all goes ok.
  13. True, but sometimes thyroid (and other) problems don't present with common symptoms.

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