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I went to my Dr just over a month ago for a case of bronchitis. She felt a nodule on my thyroid and ordered an ultrasound. The nodule measured 1.9 X 3.8 X 1.7 cm.
I heard from my Dr's office about 3 weeks after the U/S and they referred me to a specialist with an appt in January.

A couple weeks ago I developed these symptoms:
slight sore throat, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth and throat, headaches, and a swollen lymph node under my jaw on the same side as the nodule. Also I have felt tired and fatiqued for over a year now.

I called my Dr's office and told a nurse about the swollen lymph node and the sore throat and asked to get in to see someone to get a biopsy sooner. She told me the specialist they referred me to was usually the quickest to get into and she would tell the Dr about it. (I never heard back)
I'm extremely frustrated and scared. I know if this is thyroid cancer the sooner I can get treatment the better. I think its crazy to wait 2 months. What can I do?

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replied November 26th, 2009
Thyroid Cancer Answer A8042
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum

The nodule could be due to cancer. On the other hand it could also be due to thyroiditis. In both cases the lymph node can swell and cause pressure changes such as difficulty in swallowing.

You should press your doctor for an earlier appointment. Also among the specialists you can try endocrine specialist, head and neck surgeon and cancer specialist and see where you can get an appointment at the earliest.

You will need to follow up rigorously at this PCP’s in person probably. Hope this helps. Take care!

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