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Has anyone delt with a nodules in the thyroid?
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I am surprised to find that those with nodules aren't being associated with cancer, as mine was. I don't remember any test to determine this, but they said it was cancer and they said I had it for years. I had already survived a breast lumpectomy which was level one cancer.
I insisted on being checked for ovarian cancer twice when I had bladder repair surgery and found no sign of cancer. At my age I don't worry much about it because I eat almost no sugar to feed cancer and I love vegetables that are thought to be an anti-cancer diet. So I sleep pretty well at night and if I should get more cancer at my age, I will make plans for my demise as gracefully as possible. So far I am able to contribute in music and activities at church so I feel pretty blessed by my outcomes of the past. But now I want to read more. Dorisena
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now I'm curious,,, so there are no real tests for nodule cancer other than doing a needle biopsy? IF that is the only way to know,,, then why don't nodules be tested more often??? puts a lot of questions in my head.. I guess since,, in my personal experience now,,, they are taking out the thyroid anyway so maybe they will test it then..??
I had a needle biopsy for breast cancer by the local surgeon, not a specialist in cancer. I thought it was routine. But with the thyroid they just sent me to the chief surgeon in the department of the big hospital who said it was cancer, so I don't know how everyone seemed to know without testing. He was so excellent you can't even see a scar, but then there was the vocal chord damage which the ENT denied there was a problem. So it took 18 months for another voice therapist to tell me what happened and that he couldn't help me at that point. The only thing the doctors all said is that if you have thyroid cancer, it is the one to have because it is curable. They were very confident about that but tested me a year later to confirm that I had no cancer cells floating around.
I am only relating my experience and I have no idea if everything was the best treatment. I learned in college science class in my middle age that a growth is a DNA change result and that a growth is a growth and the teacher didn't differentiate between cancerous and benign if it kept growing. He said the DNA change will increase the risk of future growths the rest of your life. Now after the Genome project success, the scientists are working on DNA repair. Interesting, but a little late for some of us. I am not scared about all of this. But I am happy to share my experiences. I'm still alive and active. Dorisena
I don't use the word "benign" in my vocabulary because I don't trust the definition as non=cancerous. I do trust the word precancerous. It means take some action, especially with your diet, activities, and attitude toward life. Dorisena
Dummy me! I just found an article explaining the relationship between thyroid problems and diabetes and common sense should of made me realize that there must be a relationship. After I study the article, which is above my head in understanding, I will get the main points and report back in common language. The article explains what leads to hyperglycemia and what leads to hypoglycemia. I suffered from hypoglycemia for years and blamed it all on stress and eating. So I was surprised when I flip flopped to hyperglycemia. I think I will understand it better if I study the article. The article said genetics plays a role as well. That is too much for me right now to fathom because my family did not have diabetes problems. Dorisena
can you post a link to the article…??? got me curious
The article is The relationship between type 2 diabetes mellitus and related thyroid diseased by the Journal of Diabetes Research. On the first page is a list of related articles as well. It will take time to study, but we can learn something, I think. Dorisena
Here is a link to an article about Type 2 Diabetes and Thyroid Disease. While it may not be the same one you saw originally, it will probably give you some information.
Yes, that's the article I am referring to. Thanks for typing out the link for us. Dorisena
I learned enough tonight to know why things happened in the past and what led to the metabolic syndrome that led to the diabetes. I know now why my sister was given insulin shots in the hospital when she was in a hypoglycemic state and she couldn't speak or tell them to stop. That was technically the treatment for her condition and it didn't work at all and they almost killed her. My doctor knew that I was headed to diabetes and he never mentioned it to me when I complained of the neuropathy, so when I exercised and the burning went away, I delayed the development of the disease. He was looking for swollen ankles and I didn't have swelling, so he said nothing. Shortly after that my blood test showed 126 on the blood sugar and he mentioned it. I learned tonight that hypoglycemia is associated with thyroid problems as well as hyperglycemia and I should have been aware that I was flipflopping to hyperglycemia but I thought after the hypo went away and I felt well, I was cured. I learned that elevated blood pressure is a part of the problem as well, and I could have been working on that as well. Bottom line is that I must work harder and get more exercise even with my back surgery limitations, and I know I can work on that.
I also could benefit by staying out of the kitchen a little more. We can do more at home if we continue to support each others' efforts. Go team! Dorisena
Not much we can do about the genes, however. I loved my parents.. My father had diabetes but we did not take it seriously.
I have been diagnosed with thyroid nodules 8 years ago. They have been monitored every 6 months. The past couple of months, I have had one that grew and is measured at 2cm. I had a biopsy and it came back benign. There are times I feel the nodule in my throat. I have had hair loss, weight gain, fatigue, depression, however my TSH levels are low but come back in the normal range. I meet with the endo dr next week. I am wondering if anyone has been in this similar situation. I wonder if I can take thyroid hormone to reduce the nodule even if I'm in the low range of the thyroid normal range. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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It sounds like you have been dealing with this for a long time, but the good news is that it is, like most thyroid nodules, benign. Here is some information about thyroid nodules and their causes :
I have thyroid nodules that are monitored annually – for 11 years now. At one point my TSH levels were off-the-charts high, at other times they have been normal or low – it's annoying never to know where they are at. The high levels were the only ones we chose to treat, but every body is different.
As to whether treatment is indicated, that is a question for your endocrinologist. It will be interesting to know what you and your endo decide next week, will you llet us know?
Yes, I will post back as to what she recommends. They really have not caused me problems until the last few months. Thank you for your response.
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