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Seek second opinion?

From: Louise77 - 6 years 2 weeks ago

Good Morning. I am new to this forum and am looking for answers which I believe the best ones come from those experiencing the same thing or similar. I have autoimmune thyroiditis, been told I have a goiter, nodules on both sides of my thyroid, normal TSH and normal uptake scan. I just seen a specialist this week and they are checking the TSH again and T3, T4, for the first time since this started in July. Actually I have had thyroid issues on and off for quite some time and was placed on PTU during my pregnancy due to hyperthyroid. I woke up this morning to a very tender and scratchy throat, could not sleep last night due to feeling my throat was full of phlegm or something and I had to set up constantly to swallow. My voice is in and out this morning. I am not sure if this goes along with my thyroid issue or if I'm just coming down with something. I have people telling me I need to obtain a second opinion as the specialist I just seen said there is no reason to biopsy my nodules as they are not big enough. How big does a nodule have to be to justify biopsy? Isn't the fact that there is nodules there, which aren't suppose to be there reason enough? I thank you for reading this and appreciate any input and information from your experiences that you can share. Blessings to all.

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Is this good advice?

If the nodules are over 2cm, or if they are getting bigger over time. Also if they are solid nodules because it is most likely cancer. How big are your nodules?

A cough is a sign of issues. sore throat, trouble swallowing, etc. ALWAYS get a second opinion. If I wouldn't have gotten one I would have been in a more serious case.

Let me know what happens. Best to you.

Is this good advice?

I also have two nodules on my thyroid as well. Both of mine are over 5 mm, and they Dr told me they usually do not get them biopsied until they are at 5 mm or over. It would't hurt to get a second opinion.