Monday, May 10, 2010

Dreading today

Today is the day I've been dreading for the last two months. A thyroid small needle aspiration biopsy will be performed on me this afternoon. Ugh!

Two months ago during my annual physical my new doctor noticed my thyroid was slightly swollen on one side. After an ultrasound, I was told my thyroid was full of "nodules". These are little growths that are very rarely cancerous (95% are benign). Just to be sure they want to stick six needles in my neck, and dig around to get samples for a biopsy.

They'll give me a local anethestic, but I'll be awake for the procedure. I'm really dreading this whole thing. I'm not really afraid of the results because I've read that thyroid cancer is very rare, but I'm afraid of the needles and the "digging around". I just have zero tolerance for pain and this sounds kind of painful to me. My breast biopsy a couple years ago hurt like heck, and this is my neck, which sounds a lot more painful to me.

I took the day off from work to have this done, even though it only takes about forty minutes. Actually, I'm still really tired from the Denver trip and wanted a day at home to relax before returning to work. Of course this is in the middle of my day, which kind of wrecks the relaxed mode I wanted.

Other plans today are the boring stuff like unpacking and going to the gym for a great workout, before the doctor visit.

Plus I'm kind of on a post-vacation downer mood today. Fits right in with the biopsy appointment. Hopefully I'll get back to my happy self soon. Maybe the gym will help, which is where I'm going in about 15 minutes. :)

10 comments:

Roxie said...

Diana, I'm sorry you have to go through this procedure today. FWIW, I have had a "lumpy" thyroid for years. I've been through this on seveal ocassions and it's nearly as bad as the multiple breast biopsies I've had. I guess we are just lumpy!

Thinking good thoughts for you today. Soon it will all be over.

Jetta... said...

Praying for you today Diana. I can imagine your fear and I pray that you rest in Jesus today. May you feel Him with you all day long...

Debbie said...

My thoughts are with you and good luck with your biopsy. Everything will be okay. Hugs to you...:)

Tricia said...

hope everything goes smoothly

Leslie said...

Hi Diana! I went through the thyroid biopsies last year - had to have 3 separate times for assorted reasons. I expect all will be well, but I sure remember being very nervous. When I had them, I got no local anesthetic and though it didn't really hurt, it was VERY nerve wracking to feel a needle poking around your neck!! I wish you the very best in this and will be checking in to see how it goes.

Katie J said...

Hoping it is not too painful for you :(

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the procedure. Anticipatory anxiety is normal and is almost always worse than the actual experience. Take care. Sending good thoughts your way.

Ella Enchanted said...

I am praying that everything goes well for you today. I had a coworker that had the procedure done, and she said it wasn't as bad as she thought it was going to be. I hope all is well.

Ida said...

Praying that they are not cancerous. Be sure to let us know the results as soon as you have them. My bosses daughter had thyroid cancer, and the treatment wasn't a lot of fun, not to mention the surgery. . . But that is another story and no need to worry you needlessly

Integrator said...

if biopsy will show abundant colloid and macrofollicular pattern then it will point to benign hyperplastic nodule. Scant colloid and microfollicular pattern is sign of neoplasm (which must be removed to determine if it is cancer or not)
Out of 100 neoplastic nodules removed,only 20% are cancerous, 75 benign neoplasms, and 5% benign nodules classified as neolastic by mistake. Therefore if neoplasm is suspected get the second opinion about biopsy results.
BeSt of luck !!

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