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Neck Problem: Related to Thyroid? Lymph Nodes? Help please!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 26, 2009
  • 04:47 AM

First, thanks to everyone helping people here.

I have history of Thyroid disease, was diagnosed with Graves Disease 3 years ago (hyperthyroidism treated for 2 years and in remission). After a year of peace my TSH level is slightly high again, not much to be even noticeable according to endo but my fast heartbeat says otherwise. The reason I went to my primary doctor wasn't this though. 3 months ago I started feeling like something was stuck in my throat. This all came a week after I swallowed pizza bread too fast and I felt like I hurt my throat. So I just thought that was the cause and it would heal with time. There was no bleeding, no pain. My doctor couldn't see anything abnormal in my throat, he said there's no palpable node. And we thought it was just the thyroid acting up (enlarged). After a thyroid scan tho, my thyroid seems to be at a normal size, no enlargement although it appears to be "multinodular". He said that's normal in patients treated for thyroid diseases.

It's been 3 months and I still feel like something is stuck in my throat, sometimes I don't even feel it, it's gone. At times I feel a mild burning sensation, nothing huge, just like drinking Coke (that sort of burning). I have no pain whatsoever and no problem swallowing aside from the fact that I can feel that "something" is there.

My doctor has ordered a neck CT scan. Now the problem is that a CT scan with contrast will cause my failing thyroid to go crazy again (it did the first time I had one years ago). I can't have my thyroid going crazy again, and I'm going to a trip in 3 months.

From what I've googled, swollen lymph nodes could be a cause, my thyroid could also be the one causing it but it doesn't appear to be so. Someone also said it could be my epiglottis?

I'm really worried about this, but the secondary effects of a contrast dye CT (iodine) scan are really bad for me. Can someone help me pin the possible cause of this?

**My family has no history of throat/neck diseases or cancer.

Thanks in advance for your help!
-Galea

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