I saw the Endocrinologist on Monday. I liked him; he took time to explain what he thought and listened to my concerns. He thinks I have Hashimoto’s disease. If I do, it is statistically unlikely I have thyroid cancer. It’s an auto-immune disease, so to verify Hashimoto’s they test for auto-antibodies. I had blood drawn Monday afternoon to check for those. I am scheduled to go in next Tuesday April, 8 to have biopsies done on the nodules.
Jennifer had thyroid cancer last year, she said that biopsies are not fun and I’ll be sore, but they aren’t too bad. She recommends I take any pain drugs they offer. The doctor says my neck will be bruised. So that’s something to look forward too.
I’m doing okay overall. I’m back in a wait-and-see mode. Hashimoto’s disease has its own fun things, but from what I’ve read so far it mainly involves checking my thyroid function a lot and if my thyroid fails I get to go on hormones for the rest of my life. I skipped over Hashimoto’s when researching before my appointment because it is usually hereditary, causes hypothyroidism, and causes enlarged thyroid. No one in my family has thyroid disease that I know of (my mom was adopted, so there is some unknown). My thyroid hormone levels are practically perfect and what I appear to have is a multi-nodular goiter, not an enlarged thyroid.
If I don’t hear from the Doctor tomorrow morning I’m going to call. They should have the blood test results by then.