Red Flags

red flags pixabayI had several red flags, but the most concerning was a mass on the left side of my neck. At first I thought it was a knot or a pinched nerve, and without even realizing it I would push on it to relieve the pain and discomfort. I also had symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and weight gain.

Here are some of the most common signs of hypothyroidism (from

  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory
  • Blood tests can show elevated TSH and low T4 (American Thyroid Association has more information on Thyroid function tests)

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Much of the time Thyroid Cancer doesn’t cause symptoms but the most common symptoms include:

  • A lump that can be felt through the skin on your neck
  • Changes to your voice, including increasing hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain in your neck and throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck