I did go to my doctor yesterday to talk about my thyroid ultrasound results in person.
I found out that:
1) the endocrinologist said the nodule appeared like the “good” kind not the “bad” kind.
Um…okay…I’m still not waiting 3 months to see if it grows. The doctor does understand that this is something that is making me scared and I can’t wait.
2) there is a nuclear med test that can be done to further screen the nodule, but the doctor said the endocrinologist thinks it’s a “worthless” test.
Um…okay…my friend who DID have thyroid cancer and surgery and radioactive iodine DID have that test done. I wonder what scientific evidence they have to make that claim that it’s not worthwhile doing.
Needless to say, I’m getting a second opinion. I found an endocrinologist who specializes in thyroid nodules at my old university hospital, so I made an appointment. The fortunate part about it is that while he only sees patients on Mondays (and it would have been highly unlikely I would see him anytime soon), when I called yesterday, I was told someone canceled an appointment for THIS coming Monday. So I don’t have to wait. How amazing is that?
3) it appears I have increased vascular activity which is indicative of (drum roll please) Hashimoto’s thyroidits – the leading cause of hypothyroidism.
So, I was right. Man, I am great at diagnosing things. I should have become a doctor.
I’ll end up being at the university hospital where my mother and 2 sisters already go for their thyroid problems and seem very happy with. My sister who had her thyroid surgically removed barely has any scar, so if ever I needed surgery, I’d be in good hands there.
Oh, and at the end of the visit, I asked my doctor if I could have some sort of take as you need anti-anxiety med for the death anxiety I have. She told me that while she could prescribe something, antidepressants would work better, but more importantly, I really would do better to go for behavioral therapy to get to the underlying issues that trigger my anxiety. If at that point, it was determined I really needed them, I could still get them. But she really wanted the thought processes behind them treated, not just the symptoms.
So, yeah…I’m thinking the scare I had may be all right, but even if it’s not, I’ll be finding out sooner than later.
Seems like someone is looking out for me (thanks God!).