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Nervous about my thyroid

Nervous about my thyroid
30 year old otherwise healthy female
1 pregnancy and full term natural birth
1 open ovarian surgery in 2005 to remove cysts that were questionable for cancer...tested benign
Noticed a goiter around 2006?

Thyroid levels checked in 2007, came back within normal range
Biopsy done of nodules and 5 cm goiter at the same time, came back benign and was instructed to get checks every 6 months and possibly remove it.

Haven't had anything done since then. Thyroid levels checked in Nov 2013, came back within normal range. Had an ultrasound done, goiter is at least 6 cm with multiple nodules. Going for another biopsy this month.

Symptoms that may or may not be related:
Red and blotchy neck and chest when eating (Why?)
Some increased anxiety at times (racing mind, nervous feeling, racing heartbeat, restless feeling)
Some irritability
In the past, I've noticed pain and an inflamed feeling in the goiter if I get upset or cry. Today, my neck and goiter feel bruised.

Family history:
Mother-has been both hyper and hypothyroid, now Grave's disease
Aunt-hypothyroid
Both Great Grandmothers-breast cancer, 1 also had ovarian cancer
Great Grandfather-Colon cancer

This has steadily made me more nervous as the goiter continues to grow. I'm doing a biopsy on the 16th. I'm posting to get more information about what to expect and just general info on my condition. I don't know why I get so red but it's embarrassing as several people stop to ask if I'm ok

Any help is appreciated and I thank you for your time.
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replied December 7th, 2013
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

It is possible that you are probably in early menopause or have recurrence of ovarian cysts causing hormonal imbalance and in these situations certain food items cause higher hot flashes than others. Also, a gastric reflux can cause the redness.

Other than this, given your personal and family history, irrespective of the results of the biopsy, it would be best to remove the thyroid nodules. Please consult your specialist regarding this. Hope this helps. Take care!



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