Hi everyone, I'm looking for some info from people who have had experience. Currently, I'm waiting for a Thyroid ultrasound. An MRI I had recently (I have MS and have routine MRIs) showed something on the MRI on one side of my thyroid. I can also feel a slight enlargement on one side, especially when I swallow. My thyroid blood work levels were in the normal range. I know that nodules can often be completely harmless, but I still would be comforted to know what happens next.
After the first ultrasound, then what next? I think I am just scheduled for an ultrasound, not a biopsy, so I am assuming once the initial results come in I have to have a biopsy? Seems kind of like a waste of time to have the initial ultrasound without doing a biopsy at the same time. If the nodules are determined to be benign, then do they just stay there forever? Thanks for any information!
EDITED: for further information:
My ultrasound showed a large nodule and my doctor has scheduled Fine Needle Aspiration to collect cells to investigate. I'll likely have to wait a while a while (wait times look like about a month).
Here are my results of the ultrasound:
The thyroid gland is not enlarged.
The right lobe measures 1.8x1.7x3.6
There is a very heterogeneous dominant nodule within the mid right lobe measuring 1.8x1.7x3.6
There are multiple other scattered hypoechoic nodules but none measure greater than 1 cm.
Impression: 3.6cm dominant nodule within the mid right thyroid gland. Further evaluation with ultrasound-guided FNA is recommended.
I am not surprised, but I have questions that I can't have answered and that is frustrating. I want to know if this is a fast growing nodule (I've had yearly Cspine MRIs and there was never a mention of anything before on the reports, but maybe they just weren't concerned with the thyroid at that point) I asked my doctor, but he only has the reports; and even if he did have the images, I know that a GP doesn't really have enough experience to be able to interpret MRIs.
It turns out I never did have any other thyroid levels tested. Just TSH and that was 2.20 (reference range 0.35-4.30)
I guess I'll just have to wait at this point!
Oh, and one last comment - it seems odd to me that the nodule is the exact same size as the thyroid gland. Is that common?