I just went through this in November of 09. Here's what happened to me. This is just my story. I'm not appempting to practice medicine. I noticed a nodule on my thyroid when I was pregnant with my second child, over last summer. I ignored it since I knew they almost certainly couldn't do anything while I was pregnant. It got smaller after he was born, but I asked my midwife about it at 8 wks pp.
She said, go to a doctor. So I did. She did bloodwork that came back "normal." She said I needed an ultrasound. I had one. The nodule was partly fluid filled and part solid.
So, I saw a surgeon. She said I needed a FNA biopsy.
So, even though I am needle phobic, I had one. The procedure would not have been bad except I had a doctor I have since filed a complaint against. He treated me like furniture. Didn't check to make sure the drugs worked or anything. A real jerk! Your experience won't be like that!
Well, it's not cancer! Yea! And I started doing research. I have had some hypothyroid symptoms my whole adult life- low body temp, intolerance to cold, lactose intolerance, low grade depression, low energy, adult acne, etc. Add to that fibrocystic breast disease, PCOS, and a thyroid nodule and all this adds up to Type 2 Hypothyroidism with iodine deficiency. So, I started treating myself and the difference has been nothing short of remarkable! I have energy! I feel good! And the thyroid nodule is almost gone! The doctor said it wouldn't go away without surgery to remove it!
The best resources I have found are StopTheThyroidMadness.com and RealThyroidHelp.com and Nutrimedical.com
And Dr. Mark Starr's book, Hypothyroidism- Type 2
My mom had been hypothyroid and on synthroid for about 15 years, but her health kept declining and her doctor (same as my original doctor) cut her synthroid dose in half just before Thanksgiving! I was loosing Mom, I could see it. She was sleeping 15 hours a day and taking caffeine pills to stay awake. She was severely depressed. Puppy scratches on her arms wouldn't heal. She has since taken charge of her health and started taking dessicated thyroid and is getting her life back!! She said she hadn't felt *good* in about 10 years. Not one day. And now, she feels *good* most days!!
I really can't say enough for doing your own research, and taking charge of your own health. I firmly believe that our doctor wasn't trying to do anything but help me and my mother, but she just didn't have the necessary information. Most doctors don't.
And you're right, it's probably (statistically) not cancer. Just relax, get them to give you good sedating drugs, and get your good news about the results and do some research! You'll be fine!