I was just diaganosed with this yesterday. I see the endocronologist next friday. But I am really nervous that they are going to find cancer or something. I had blood work today for graves diesease and an referral for an ultrasound. My dad told me tryroid cancer is not very comman but im still freaking out about it. My sypmtoms are nervousness, heart racing and those are really the one two I have. Any one with this and what was your course of treatment?
I was diagnosed with it in '05. I had some of the symptoms you listed and a bunch others. I was tested for graves, it came back positive. My cancer screening came back negative but my doctor did tell me it doesnt spread so its one of the better cancers to get if you do get it(weird thing to say to someone especially after hearing the word cancer, I know)
I had an iodine scan done to measure the thyroid. While we waited for the results I was given options for treatment. We could try shrinking it with radiation pills, I would have to be alone for a week unless my husband wanted his reproductive system to shut down. Or I could have surgery and have it completely removed. We went with the surgery after finding out how large it was and that radiation would likely not shrink it to a manageable size.
I had the surgery on April 16 '06. I was under for longer than expected because the scan was off on the size, it was much larger. 2 of my para thyroid glands were damaged so I'm also hypocalcemic now, I dont produce enough calcium. Getting it removed switched me to hypothyroidism so I will be on hormone replacement pills for the rest of my life and they are extremely hard to regulate. I just got on a dose I feel "normal" on. I still test positive for graves disease too. I am on synthroid 150mcg a day.
I don't, but I get tested because I have anti-bodies that attack my thyroid, so it's probably only a matter of time until my thyroid stops working.
My sister had thyroid cancer, and as cancer goes it's the best to have really. The survival rates on it are really really good. She had surgery to have it removed (is on meds now) and has done a few radiation treatments. It's not good by any means, but it's very treatable generally.
However, MANY women have thyroid problems. It's actually very common, so I wouldn't jump to cancer at all. There are lots of other reasons for it.