thyroid nodules do not cause symptoms and are so small
that you cannot feel them. They often are found during a physical exam or when
another test, such as a
CT scan or
ultrasound, is done for a different reason.
If your thyroid nodule is big, you may be able to feel it or you may
notice that your neck is swollen. In rare cases, you may also:
- Feel pain in your throat or feel like your
throat is full.
- Have a hard time swallowing.
- Have a
hard time breathing.
- Feel nervous, have a fast heartbeat, sweat a
lot, lose weight, or have other symptoms of
hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid
- Feel tired or depressed, have memory problems, be
constipated, have dry skin, feel cold, or have other symptoms of
hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone).
biopsy is the only way to tell if a thyroid nodule is
cancerous. But cancer may be more likely if you have:
- A single, hard lump that feels very different
from the rest of the thyroid tissue or other thyroid nodules.
nodule that keeps growing for weeks or months.
- A nodule that does
not move when you touch it.
lymph nodes in your neck.
- A hoarse or
scratchy voice that does not go away.
other conditions that cause similar symptoms include
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