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Desperate for some advice!!!!
I saw (not my usual GP) about 4 years ago as I had a swelling on the side of my neck & was advised that it was probably a swollen gland & that it would disappear. It has not but has gradually got bigger over time. I have been constantly tired, ache all over, always cold, constipated & had counselling for stress & anxiety.
I started having problems swallowing & feels like someone is pressing on my throat so I went back & saw my normal GP. This was September 2014. He immediately suspected that it was my thyroid & referred my to see a consultant, have a blood test & ultrasound. Blood test confirmed that I had an issue with my thyroid but my GP did not want to prescribe until I had seen a consultant. I had an ultra sound & FNA in October but had to wait until Jan 2015 for results. Was told that I had a 4.7cm singular nodule that was indeterminate and a multi nodular goitre. I was told I must have another FNA which was done in February, I had to wait until April for the results. At appointment consultant was on holiday & computer problems so could not give me full details apart from the results were indeterminate again. Registrar that I saw wanted me to have 3rd FNA but I refused & insisted that I wanted it removing as I felt it was getting worse. Agreed to refer me to see a surgeon asap. After almost a month had not heard anything & was told my notes had not been written up as had computer issues & staff shortages. Finally got my letter & it stated that my nodule had increased to just under 7cm.
Finally saw Endocrinologist 20th May who confirmed that I would need surgery & had short consult with surgeon on the same day who is now arranging for me to have an endoscopy. There does not appear to be any urgency in my treatment. The only comment that I had was that if the nodule is not benign the follow up treatment is extremely good & chances are that it would be benign but could not be 100% curtain.
I'm a 51year old mum of 2 trying to keep things together & just need some advice from people who have been through similar or who can help.
Sorry for going on so long
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