Cyst on neck

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Hello,

I am 21 years old and accidently i noticed a small "lump" under the jaw on my neck. It is a hard moveable lump and i feel no pain or discomfort.

For this reason, i went for an ultrasound and the doc checked this "lump" and my thyroid. He said everything was normal, except two really small cysts near my thyroid (i can't touch these/about 1.8mm) and the "lump" that i noticed myself was a cyst as well about 4mm. In the picture they seem like a circlular black mass.

He told me it is nothing to worry about and check some years later (4-5 years) my thyroid again, because everyone in my family has thyroid issues (i think hyperthyroidism)

However it did not tell me nothing about the big cyst under my jaw, except "that's a silly think to worry about this cyst and just do not touch it". I am really anxious about whether it is something important as i have these issues and i am only 21 rolleyes 

Have you come up with the following situation of cysts in neck and can i do something for it ?

Thanks for your time !

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    Hello, I am so sorry for the trouble you are having in and aroundyour thyroid area. I also had a lump, such as you described, some years ago and I ignored it because I had a busy life and I liked exercising and, most importantly, did not feel sick right away. However, thre came a time when I began having rapid heartbeat while weightlifting. I had to lower my weight and lower my reps. Then I had to rest between sets and finally I became concerned about that lump. I will add that I was having significant mood swings and energy swings. I went to have the lump checked and I had a multi-nodular goiter of the thyroid. Basically lumps on my thyroid of which one could be felt. I won't go on about the treatment at this point because I suggest getting a second opinion about your lump and the other matters you mentioned. I live in the United States and have good insurance so I would hdaveno trouble getting a seoncd opinion should I be concerned about my doctor's response to me. I have no idea if your situation is truly as casual as your doctor seems to believe or not. I do have an idea that another opinion from an endocronologist would be my choice. I am much older than you and have learned that even the smartest of doctors can be wrong or the tests can be read wrong. Perfect example: I was diagnosed with a terminal lung disease some years ago. You can well imagine the diagnosis threw me and my family into a spin. It turns out that the tests/pictures, etc. ran at my local hospital were not thorough enough and had been misread. YAY! Idon't think the technician intentionaly made a mistake and I know my doctor did not take the information lightly. I was sent to a specialist immediately who announced immediately that he felt Ihad been misdiagnosed. He was right. None of these people were incompetent or thoughtless. They were human. In cases where my gut is telling me something may need attention I take no chances. I hope you will pursue a second opinion. Many blessings!
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    Hello Johnsmithtb:

    My name is Shelly and I am a nurse in the USA. I have Hashimoto's thyroid disease.

    Thyroid nodules are common and feel hard sometimes.  I have 3 of them, and on Ultrasound they appear oval shaped.   Most of them 99% are bengin, NOT cancerous.  Some lumps can be cyst like and can feel doughy or be filled with cellular fluid.  Some of them can hurt to be touched as they swell and press on your neck.

    They can be drained by a fine needle aspiration. It is a simple procedure. Once drained they are  fine and heal inside.  So contact the doctor if you need to and have him examine it and see.

    Cysts can come from an infection or be a family trait.  Some people have a tendency to grow them. 

    Also we have lymph glands around our necks and they can get inflammed also. So see the doctor again if it is causing pain or pressing on your throat.

    Regards,

    Shelly

     

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      No i do not hurt when i touch it or move (at least the big one) that is under my jaw. The big one (4mm) said it had nothing to do with the hyroid it is not even close to it. The doctor said all of them where cysts, i had blood test and everything seems to be fine and thyroid is ok. Is cyst completely remove if FNA is done or is it just done for examination of the area?

      Thanks Shelly !!

       

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      Hello Johnsmithtb:

      If they use teh fine needle and drain it, (as long as it is fluid), it will collapse and heal and should not come back.  If it is doughy or feels like that, they can do a small procedure to open it up and clean it out.  Some countries a Dermatologist can do this and in some countries a plastic surgeon is used because of the face.

      They can do the aspiration easily as long as they already used imaging and know where to go.

      Regards,

      Shelly

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      Hello Shelly,

      I spoke both on our family doctor and the doctor that made the ultrasound and he said i should do nothing. I should take FNA only if i want to remove it for cosmetic reason. But as if it is not obvious to others, there is no need to do anything. That's what they said...

      Thanks for your time :D

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      Hello Johnsmithb:

      In some cases small cysts may decrease on their own given time. Keep a watch on it, if it gets red, or causes pain, or if it gets bigger, then you may want it drained.

      Thanks for the update,

      Happy Holidays,

      Shelly

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      Thanks Shelly, 

      I have it about 1 year and it hasn't changed it's size. I may repeat the ultrasound next year, just to see that it has the same size.

      I really appreciate your help and wish there were more helpful people like you.

      Happy Holidays!

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