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    I'm concerned about my health & I think there is something wrong with my thyroid.

    I've been to my GP twice about this but nothing has showed up.

    It is noticeably enlarged. I've had blood tests & I've also had it (and another lump on my neck) scanned.

    Blood tests 'normal' (that's all I get told anyway) and 3 lumps showed up on the scan & GP said they were benign cysts.

    I'm still worried it's cancer :-/ my uncle & now my cousin have both died of cancer. One day fine, next day riddled with it & passed away quickly. These are the only two members of my family who have had cancer & they both died.

    I think I want a biopsy to confirm they are benign & more blood tests.. But I feel like a hypochondriac. Do I see the same GP or another one? After all I've already had 2 and they didn't show anything.

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    I've heard thyroid problems can be hard to diagnose by standard blood tests alone, there are some more special blood tests they can run. Do you have any other symptoms? If you are worried then go to another doctor and ask to be referred to a specialist for sure.

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    Like pp has said they can be difficult to diagnose. I have obvious goiter but my T3, T4, anti-bodies and TSH are all in normal range. As appearance is my only concern I've never followed it up. More complicated conditions like Graves or Hashimotos need someone more experienced in Endocrinology than a GP.

    Eta-I would try another GP and ask for a referral.

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    I think it's reasonable to ask for more tests if you have a family history of cancer. I'd try the same dr again and explain your concerns, if they still don't let you have more tests then try someone else. Better to be safe than sorry and it will put your mind at ease. Xx

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    I'd ask for a referral to an endocrinologist, for your own peace of mind.

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    I see an endocrinologist, I have an enlarged goiter, tsh often low (so hyperthyroidism) but t3 and t4 are always normal. I'm what they call subclinical Graves' disease, so I have the symptoms but inconclusive blood work. This has gone on for 6yrs for me and I have it tested every 6 months. They are very reluctant to treat unless full blown as once you start treatment if often means you're on it for good - hyper can become hypo so they have to keep adjusting medication.

    Have they discussed any other reason why you might have an enlarged goiter?

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    Hi thanks mummies.

    No they haven't discussed any other reasons I might have an enlarged thyroid. I always just assumed it was hypo or hyper. Currently googling


 

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