My 'symptoms' began at the beginning of February 'o7. I started getting a weird feeling on the lower left front/side of my neck. A feeling of a little bit of tingling/pressure. The weird feeling initially lasted for a week but will come back lasting a day or 2. As time went on the left side ofmy neck felt like it was swelling. Because it was getting worse I decided to go to the Dr. on March 10th. I had a thyroid panel & CBC test done. Both tests came back fine. He sent me for a Thyroid ultrasound because my thyroid felt 'full' to him. A week later the swelling had become much worse & was on both sides of my neck. I went back to the same Dr. in hopes of getting some kind of med for relief since I'm allergic to Ibprofen & didn't know what else to take. I also got the results back on my US which showed I have a 8.4 mm nodule on my RIGHT lobe. I was/am confused b/c the symptoms are mostly on the left. I can't get in to see the Endocrinologist until May 22nd!! the earliest the can get me in. :( So I've just been sitting back playing the waiting game & stressing over this nodule & the symptoms I keep having. I'm scared it's a type of thyroid cancer.
I did go to another Dr. because my glands/nodes under my jaw started to swell & were very sore. I also told her about the 'weird' feeling I keep having. She ordered a CT scan to rule things out. She also put me on Augmentin, which seemed to help. I'm almost done with the antibiotics but my lymph nodes, mostly on the LEFT side of my neck are swollen. I have 2 that I can see when I turn my head to the right. (while looking in a mirror) they are not hard but are pea sized & don't seem to want to go away. I have also noticed in the last couple of days that a couple more lypmh nodes are swelling on/near my juglar vein on the left side of my neck. These nodes I have to feel around for and are not sticking out like the other 2, but I can tell they are bigger than normally. My CT scan came back good. Only thing it shows is the tiny nodule I already know about.
I'm scared that the reason my nodes a reacting this way is because the nodule may be cancerous. I've never had swollen nodes like this before and the fact tha I'm on antibiotics, it rules out alot of other possibilities for the swollen nodes. I hate that there's that possiblity and I *have* to wait for the biopsy. I feel ike this is precious time being wasted and there's nothing more I can do right now except wait.
Btw I have taken a small amount of Orapred (Steriod) a couple of times which did work & made my neck feel 'normal'. But obviously I need to get to the root of the problem.
I'm trying to stay positive but this waiting & not knowing what's wrong with me is killing me! I'm worrying myself sick. I would like to hear from others who know more about this kind of stuff. I'm embarrased to say, but I didn't even know exactly what a thyroid was until I went to the Dr. in March! Ack!