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Thyroid/Menopause/Post neck surgery...Which is it??!!

From: Tigger72 - 6 years 11 weeks ago

Hello everyone, I hope someone has a suggestion for my dilemma for I'm so frustrated. I had a full hysterectomy about 3 years ago, day after surgery the hot flashes started then just about stopped around 3 months ago. April 2015 i had a cervical spine fusion at C6 and C7. All was fine until 2-3 weeks after neck fusion I could see my neck swelling on a daily basis and had this terrible sensation of something stuck in my throat, felt like I couldn't breath. Acid reflux was terrible as well. Went back to neck doctor to see if it was from neck surgery, he did an MRI and said my thyroid was huge, referred me to endo. and said the tightness might be from acid reflux. I went back on nexium with no relief. Had a sonogram done, thyroid was very large with about 20 nodules and cysts. Endo took blood and biopsy and said all levels were normal and benign. Said maybe neck fusion aggravated thyroid, let neck heal and check back with her in 6 months. She doesn't want to take it out if she doesn't have to. Now I'm sweating profusely with hot flashes 24hrs a day, my neck swells on and off daily and the lump in throat comes and goes daily. Multiple xrays and MRIs show neck is healing well with a little swelling still in neck from the fusion surgery which I'm told is normal. Neck doctor thinks with a plate on my discs pushing inward and the large thyroid also pushing inwards, that this is causing that lump sensation. I don't know where to go from here. I know I will have hot flashes from the hysterectomy but since finding the thyroid enlarged, the lump sensation I never had before and now sweating 24hrs a day, I can't help but think I have a thyroid issue but the blood tests are all normal. Something must be wrong but not sure what to do next and if it's acid reflux, my thyroid or just regular hot flashes. This is beyond frustrating.

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