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Diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Experiencing pain in neck and lump behind ear bone. Are they related?

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Dr. Rahul Tawde

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Posted on Mon, 4 Feb 2013 in Thyroid Problem and Hormonal Problems
Question: about 3 months ago i was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will have a thyroidectomy in about 2 weeks. past 2 months im experiencing pain in the neck on left side and pain in and around the left ear. last week i noticed a lump behind the ear on the bone. is this anything related to the thyroid cancer or is this pain in and around ear something new and should i b concerned. forgot to mention i have lots of swollen lymph nodes in neck area and swollen lymph nodes under arm that comes and goes.
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Answered by Dr. Rahul Tawde 2 hours later
Dear XXXXXXX,
Thanks for writimg. I share your feelings & very sorry about it. I think all the symptoms which you have developed in recent past can be attributed to thyroid ca or its complications. Lump behind the ear could also be a lymph node. Looking at the extent of lymphadenopathy it looks as if its lymphoma of thyroid or papillary ca. Am I right. Im asking this because prognostically diffferent thyroid cas have diffferent implications. Based on your complaints it appears that pain in ear could also be related to ca thyroid but its really difficult to confirm it with out proper examination.
Lymph node compressing the nerve can be responsible for pain or it could be infection in ear. I feel that you should get it checked by your physician. That will clear the doubts in mind.
Lymphnodes are enlarged in many conditions and cancer is one of them. It indicates the spread beyond the primary site to surrounding structures. Thats natural course of any malignancy & we have to liv with it. Managent of thyroid ca is very advanced & with proper therapy long term survival is routine. Wish you the very best & speedy recovery.
Shivaprasad.

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I'm also experiencing headaches on left side and I am very itchy. I also have night sweats. Just checking if this is all thyroid related.
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Answered by Dr. Rahul Tawde 15 hours later
Headache might not be related to thyroid or malignancy its either tension headache or migraine. Night sweats and itching are related to thyroid malignancy. These will subside once treatment is initiated. So dont worry
Shivaprasad
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