:H :H :H I had an MRI done in August for neck and shoulder pain. The dr thought I had a pinched nerve or slipped disc. I didn't it was a mild case of whiplash from where I slipped while running in the rain and carrying my 3 year old. They did find nodules on my thyroid. (My mom has this so I'm not freaked.)
I saw an endocrinologist and he aspirated two nodules due to their size. One was a cyst so it's harmless. The other one was indeterminate. He's recommended I see an ENT for surgery and probable removal of at least half my thyroid. Less than 20% chance it's cancer especially since this was an incidental finding. I'm really not worried about this. If it is cancer, they'll remove it and since it's so early it shouldn't be a big deal. Very unlikely that it's spread without having any symptoms or being detectable on exam by my PCP.
I'm having two lumbar fusions (l4-s1) done in January. I would like to do both at the same time. I'll already be under so it makes sense to me. Plus I need time to recover from the back surgery. The endo said that most people are back to work in 3 to 4 days from the thyroid surgery. I'll be in the hospital for 2 to 3 days. I'll have an OT coming to my house after the back surgery so they could check the neck from time to time.
My question is would you push to do both at one time or would you do them separately?