They found a lump
Monday, January 21, 2008

Last week, I had experienced chronic hunger for several days. On Friday (day three of the problem), I went to the doctor. She looked at my record and noticed that I kept coming in for one reason or another, so she decided to a more thorough examination and found a small lump on my thyroid.

The specific problem hasn't been narrowed down yet as the results from my blood tests won't be in until tomorrow. I do know that the lump is non-cancerous as I don't have any signs of thyroid cancer. But, I did some research on my symptoms (fatigue, insomnia, weight loss, anxiety, increased hunger and thirst, apathy, etc.), and I believe I have hyperthyroidism, which is when the thyroid produces too much of one of two types of hormones that makes your organs grow. I also believe that the disease was caught early enough because I don't have some of the more severe symptoms yet. (You don't want me to describe them, believe me!) I'm guessing I've had this disease somewhere from two to seven months.

Frankly, I'm really scared. I don't know what to do or what's going to happen to me. So, if any of you have had thyroid problems, I'd love to hear your story. And, if you don't want to post your reply in the comments for everyone to read, please private message me.



Friday, January 25, 2008 12:22 PM



I'm so sorry to hear about this. I hope it all turns out ok, and I'm glad that you and your doctor were sharp enough to catch it early.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 3:35 PM


I've just been to the docs recently and he tested me for all sorts of things including anything thyroid related. It's really odd but i was hoping he would actually find something wrong with me. He didn't, i'm healthy but that does't mean that the symptoms went away. He started me on a course of anti-depressants. I'm terrified i'm messing up my body.

My point is, i hope you are fine and be as scared as you need to be. Us browncoats will be here if you need us.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008 8:05 PM


Best wishes too. I know things are scary but ask lots of questions of your docs and nurses and things will get clearer.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 1:55 PM


Thank you everyone for your comments and support! It is very comforting to know that I'm not alone in this.

However, I got my blood test results back this morning. Everything is normal, no unusual hormone levels and no infections. My sugar level was normal too, so it can't be diabetes. I'm at a total loss at to what this thing can be now, but maybe everything will become a bit clearer when I go to get my neck scanned next week.

*crosses fingers*

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 10:32 AM


My wife, MalsWay, had thyroid problems, and even went to see a doctor about it several times over a few years. FINALLY, the problem was diagnosed. So...

It may be difficult to understand now, but the very worst part of having thyroid problems is when they go untreated.

Hang in there! Help is on the way. 8-)

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 9:22 AM


My friend had tyroid cancer, and got it out right away... everything'll be shiny :)

Keep flyin'

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:03 AM


HUGS and they have made great advancements in treatment. I am sure it's super scary though.. PM me if you want to talk or anything..

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 6:01 AM


Hi there - not to worry! A woman I worked with had this same exact symptom (hunger, etc.)..after diagnosis all she does is take a pill every day - and she's just fine now.

Monday, January 21, 2008 6:24 PM


Hey there,

We have a long line of hypo-tyroidism on my dad's side of the family. You'll be ok, they caught it early and for the most part you'll just have to take a pill every day from now on. :)

Monday, January 21, 2008 4:17 PM


I have a 2+ cm lump in my thyroid. It's not cancer and my hormone levels are all right, but still I know how scary it is to deal with this. Let me reassure you, you're gonna be fine. I swear that half the women I know have thyroid problems, either cancer or hypo or hyper thyroid, and they're doing great. Even after getting their whole thyroids removed! They ski, play hockey, ride bikes, dance, work outdoors, raise familes. All that. And I'm talking women in their 50s and beyond.

You and your doc caught it, and that's the key. Once your hormones are evened out, you're gonna be fabulous. I have faith!

Monday, January 21, 2008 3:41 PM


I haven't had problems, but I just wanted to send my best wishes and hopes that all goes well for you :-).


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