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I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after the birth of my first child 15 years ago. I have been on varying (gradually increasing) doses of Synthroid since that time and see an endocrinologist yearly. This year, for the first time ever, my doctor felt nodules in my thyroid and sent me for an ultrasound. Many nodules were found including one that is 1.1 cm. Now I am being referred to a radiologist for a fine needle aspiration. In doing some research I have read that 95% of thyroid nodules are benign however, the one thing that troubles me is that these nodules are typically found incidentally and prior to diagnosis or treatment for hypothyroidism. In fact, one of the treatments for thyroid nodules can be Synthroid. Am I wrong to conclude that if nodules have formed whilst I am being already treated with Synthroid (and my T3, T4 and TSH levels monitored yearly) that these may in fact be malignant?

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I too was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 22 yrs ago with the birth of my youngest. The nodule was found during my pregnancy. Six weeks after delivery, I had a needle biopsy and the nodule was filled with fluid - and benign! I have taken levothyroxin ever since, with the level increasing over the years too. I am seeing a new Family doctor since my previous physician retired. This new dr. has ordered a thyroid ultrasound tomorrow. That's why I'm online looking for info and saw your post. I'm no doctor but don't be afraid of the needle biopsy (it was a little uncomfortable, esp when they pressed on my throat to aspirate the cyst - I felt like I was choking, but it was over quickly). I have also learned that my levothyroxin level has increased because I am also taking supplements like calcium, which limits the absorption of the hormone. I also was bulimic for 25 yrs. and have read that this can mess with your thyroid. What a mess, eh? :) Have you had your needle biopsy yet?

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Hi mjsnospam, I too have bulimia and have suffered for 25yrs.....I still am to be honest.....i also have an underactine thyroid and didn't realize there was maybe a connection? Just wondered if you knew this for a fact and also wondered if you managed to break free completely from your eating disorder, as I have tried everything, counseling, hypnotherapy, nlp, a rehab for 6 weeks and still can't manage to do it!!! I'm nearly 43 and would love to be free of that and the thyroid problem....do you have any tips or help you could share with me please, much appreciated.

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I aM new to this site and just seeing you post now. How did things go for you?
I was just confirmed as having thyriod nodules as well and they are sending me for a nuclear medicine test which is a thyroid scan. I guess they inject radioactive dye and then have me come back in to film the thyroid. The thing is I have to stop taking my thyroid medicine for 6 weeks so that they can do this test. I am worried that this could be cancer but I will be a basket case waiting for 6 weeks before they can even test me! I have been on Synthroid for about 5 years now and recently had to increase my dose twice. Keep me posted on how you are doing.

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I was just diagnosed with a large solid nodule and haven't been to a specialist yet. I have been taking both Levothyroxin and Liothyroxide about 8 years. This is pretty scary. I would appreciate any advise or direction.

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