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Psmileyf 11-27-2013 11:55 AM

Going for another ultrasound
 
I went to the endo last week and she said it feels like my nodules are bigger than last time, so I have to schedule another ultrasound. I had one 2 years ago and someone messed up and wrote that my nodules were 4 times the size they used to be...but then they said it was an error...
So who knows...

I just don't want to have to get them biopsied. My neck doesn't like big needles coming towards it!

Leo41 11-27-2013 12:57 PM

I'm the opposite. I was glad when one of my nodules was large enough to be biopsied because the lab report relieved my concern about malignancy.

That was 5 years ago, and my endo orders an annual ultrasound because any growth would indicate a problem (nodules can become cancerous at any time), and we'd do another FNA.

Statistics indicate that about 85% of thyroid nodules remain benign, but if I am in that 15%, I'd want to know ASAP.

The FNA is nothing at all to be concerned about--just a little discomfort but not any actual pain.

kjwalsh 11-29-2013 03:01 AM

I was in the 15% and had a thyroidectomy in February. So I'm here to tell you...go for a biopsy! My nurse was so sweet - she held my hand and talked to me thru the whole thing. I guess she could tell I was a wee bit scared.

But I understand, I'm praying I never get cataracts - I woudn't want to see a needle coming at my eyeball!

Leo41 11-29-2013 04:40 AM

kj-

I've had cataract surgery on both eyes--with general anesthesia! There's no way I could have handled the surgery with local because I have problems with just my regular eye exams.

I actually try to avoid general anesthesia generally--but it was essential for the cataract surgery for me.

jiggles 11-29-2013 02:51 PM

Try not to stress about a biopsy if you need to have one. I was worried about mine when I had it done in October but it really was a piece of cake. They injected the area with some numbing stuff and that probably hurt the worst, and even that wasn't real bad. I never felt any of the needle sticks during the biopsy. The only thing I could feel was a little bit of pressure when the doctor moved the needle up and down.

The nurse said I should expect a fair amount of bruising from it because I'm very fair skinned but it didn't really bruise much at all.

kjwalsh 11-29-2013 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Leo41 (Post 16699996)
kj-

I've had cataract surgery on both eyes--with general anesthesia! There's no way I could have handled the surgery with local because I have problems with just my regular eye exams.

yep, that's the way I'd have to go to get it done!


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