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Throat ultrasound showing nodules on the thyroid gland. Pain while swallowing, loss of appetite. Treatment?

I had ultrasound of throat three days ago. It is apparent that a few nodules are apparent on thryroid gland . I am experiencing pain in throat when swallowing AND are experiencing Severe PAIN upper back between shoulder blades (below the neck) CAN NODULES create this awful pain???? I feel weak--- loss of taste-- slim appetite . I am currently on 10mg of Vicodin and still have pain Thank you, Linda
Asked On : Thu, 1 Nov 2012
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Hi there,

Thanks for your query.

* Firstly, thyroid nodules is called Multi-nodular goiter, which usually produces Thyroid hormone in excess quantities (condition called Hyperthyroidism).

* Sometimes, inflammation of thyroid glands occurs (called Thyroiditis- which is of different types, depending on the cause). This frequently causes compression over the throat, resulting in difficulty in swallowing but no pain.

* Pain in throat, difficulty in swallowing and sore sensation is due to inflammation (bacterial infection) of the throat. A 5-7 days' course of suitable antibiotics, anti-inflammatory pain-killers, such as ibuprofen + paracetamol combination and saline gargles (with 4 spoons of salt in a glass of hot water) 3-4 times a day, will cure the infection. VICODIN will NOT be of great help.

* At the same time, get your Thyroid hormone levels estimation done to confirm/rule out overactive thyroids, before it progresses.

Consult your doctor and apprise him of my opinion. I am certain that he agree with me, order required tests, and- based on the reports- will prescribe suitable treatment as advised.

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Dr. Rakesh Karanwal
Answered: Tue, 26 Nov 2013
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