I was diagnosed with a multi-nodular goiter. I had it checked and it I don't have cancer, just an enlarged thyroid. They are giving me synthroid to shrink my thyroid. They say I may have to have my thyroid removed at some point. If you have had any experiences with a goiter, please share them.
When I was first diagnosed with my hypothyroidism I went to a specialist and he felt my thyroid gland in my neck. He said it was 1.5 times the normal size, so I guess I had a goiter. You could not notice it though when looking at my neck or head. I started taking synthroid and soon afterwards my thyroid gland went back to normal. I have never had anyone check my gland again. Now that I think about it maybe they should.
As long as this enlarge node is not detected with cancer it is safe to be remove goiter.
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease 10 years ago, which is hypothyroidism with goiter. I have been taking Levothyroxin since, and mine is pretty well under control. The secret is getting your medicine regulated properly. My doctor told me that since there was no cancer, I shouldn't have surgery. She said that even with surgery, a patient has to continue to take medication, so why bother? T he main problem I have now is the weight gain associated with hypothyroidism. It's so difficult to lose even 10 pounds, when you have this condition.
I did about ten years back. My neck blew up like the stomach of a thrush. It was pretty unsightly. Thank God it wasn't permanent.
I have enlarged thyroid and it is not cancerous. So my doctor said that it need not be removed. I don't have any issues with it. Please don't undergo any thyroid removal surgery if it is not really required. Because after undergoing the surgery one has to take thyroid supplements for a lifetime.