March 12, 2009
I have hypothyroidism. I’ve had hypothyroidism for years, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in high school. (Here’s a page about it – but if you don’t feel like any more links, the general deal is that it screws up my metabolism because my thyroid doesn’t produce enough of the right hormone.)
I also have a goiter. It’s a little one, not usually visible, but when I had a baseline ultrasound for it about six weeks ago they discovered that it was multinodular — and that there was at least one suspicious nodule within the group. So, further tests! Which is what I did today. I had to go off of my medication (which SUCKS, because it took forever to find the right dosage) and do all of the above.
The technician man, Dave, who was very nice, was talking to me about all the reasons for these tests, what they tend to diagnose, about goiters, blah blah blah, usually for hyperthyroidism. I mentioned, offhandedly, that I had hyPOthyroidism. So then he did the test.
And then he told me that I had hyPERthyroidism. (See here.)
Now, how does that make sense? My neck underproduces hormones for years and then I stop taking the medicine and it jumpstarts into high gear?
Dave the Nuclear Medicine Man suggested that maybe they’d put me on the hormone stuff to suppress the goiter. (No.) Or that I made a mistake. (No. I just checked my online medical record stuff, and very clearly: hypo.) The internet is giving me no help. So! I wait.
I have thyroid uptake exam part 2, tomorrow. And then I’ll get to talk to my doctor, and be all, “Hey what?”
Until then, I have a radioactive neck. Watch out.