In 2002, I had a routine follow-up appointment with my endocrinologist, to manage my Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I regularly complained bloodwork, to monitor how my thyroid replacement medication was managing my disease.
As part of my routine follow-up visit, my endocrinologist also manually palpated my neck. He was concerned that it felt different this time, compared to the same type of examination I had completed, just six months earlier.
As a result, he decided to order a thyroid ultrasound. So, yet another medical test was scheduled at a nearby imaging center. I tried to distract myself as I somewhat anxiously awaited my test results.
A few days later, one of my endocrinologist’s nurses phoned me. They had detected three thyroid nodules on my ultrasound test. I had absolutely no idea if these unexpected nodules were benign, or malignant.
Fortunately, my endocrinologist did not consider the nodules sufficiently large to warrant additional diagnostic testing, such as a fine needle biopsy. All that was required was periodically monitoring them, to detect any possible changes. Years later, a repeated thyroid ultrasound no longer even found evidence of these nodules!