I don't have the energy right now to start from scratch so I'll post part of the email I sent to the growing list of people I've promised to keep up to date about my thyroid situation. Here goes:
I don't have Hashimoto's disease. The test was negative for the anti-bodies.
Is this a good thing? If it had been Hashimoto's disease, then cancer could be pretty much ruled out.
Now I need to wait for the results of the biopsy. The test is Tuesday morning in Elmhurst, so I might have results by next Friday.
For the record, I hate the word goiter. It conjures images of sepia-toned ladies with bullfrog necks. That's what they are calling it though, a multi-nodular goiter. Gross.
Here is a brief summary so far:
- March 19 - Routine Physical - Dr. notices a lumpy thyroid. Orders an ultrasound.
- March 22 - Ultrasound at Delnor Hospital
- March 24 - Multiple nodules on each lobe of thyroid. Referred to Endocrinologist.
- March 31 - Initial consult with Dr. Z, adorable endocrinologist. He believes it is Hashimoto's disease. Orders blood test for antibodies and an Ultrasound Fine Needle Aspiration(FNA ) biopsy.
- April 3 - Results of antibody test shows it is not Hashimoto's disease.
- April 8 - Biopsy scheduled at Elmhurst Hospital
Thanks for all your kind words, thoughts and prayers. They are much appreciated.