Back in July, I went in for my usual thyroid check-up (still every 6 weeks) and my doctor noted that my thyroid is enlarged. She told me to get an ultrasound to have it checked out but since I was getting married in a few months, and since I didn't have health insurance, the cost of an ultrasound (around $400) was too much for me to take on.
After the wedding, I was able to get put on my husband's health insurance so I got my ultrasound finally a few weeks ago. The results were that they found a nodule in my left lobe. The nodule is classified as suspicious. Meaning suspicious for carcinoma. The nodule is solid and has blood flow to it, so my doctors were very concerned that it was cancer. So, I was rushed to get a FNA biopsy.
I'll just tell you right now, FNA biopsies are no fun. D: They take a thin needle (smaller than a blood needle, but longer than one) and they prod it into your nodule to gather cells to look at. First, they numb your neck with lidocaine. And, for anyone who has gotten lidocaine administered to their skin, you know that it BURNS like the heat of a thousand suns! D: I'll never understand why a numbing medication is so painful. Anyway, then they stick the needle in and it's not like they just stick it in and pull it out again, like pulling blood. They take the needle and push it in and out a bunch of times and move it around the area. The movement sort of reminds me of when you push your straw in and out of your cup lid really fast. So, they did this 6 times to make sure that they got the cells they needed and the area is bruised really nicely now. It feels like I got punched in the throat. @__@
Anyway, this was done a few days ago and I got my results back today. The nodule is benign. But, since they aren't removing it, my doctor still assures me that it could become cancerous at some point so it's important to keep an eye on it. So, now I will need to get an ultrasound every 6 months to keep tabs on it. Either way, I feel like I dodged a bullet today!