I had neck pain that was not getting better for a week and I knew it was not muscular so my doctor sent me for an ultrasound where they found a lump (18mm x 9mm) and the next step was booking in for a needle biopsy.I know full well it may be nothing but my rational brain seems to of left me and I’m left with anxiety depression and worry beyond anything I can ever recall.My neck pain has increased and now it hurts to swallow and it’s only been 2 days since the news and I have 2days untill the biopsy but I can’t tell if my pain is psychosomatic or real and now I’m relating all strange aches and pains ( especially those near my neck) as symptomatic proof of my worst fears.I don’t want to confide in my loved ones with any of this for fear of a false alarm but I’m afraid my irrational behaviour of late will cause them worry regardless.Im not even sure why I’m writing this,maybe it’s cathartic,maybe I’m looking for help I’m not total sure and I’m also acutely aware of the fact that people on this site are going through much worse than me (I could be fine) but researching my situation led me here and I have no experience in this field to relate too.If I have offended anyone with my trivial worries compared to yours I apologise.

Regards Mick

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I’m not surprised you’re so worried and with reason too. I think you posted in July but I would love to hear how things went. Survival rates are very high.

I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year and had several treatments. First, removal of half my thyroid, then the rest of it and finishing with radioactive iodine in isolation. All this occurred within a few months. I have been fine and very active since on thyroxine. I generally eat very well and maintain a good weight. I told my children that I was going to have treatment and why - I tried to give an impression  of confidence in a successful outcome. I talked to them after I was told the good news and they said they were certain all would be well. Unfortunately, my Dad was visiting at the time so I had to tell him (senior citizen) and he was very worried - he had had the all clear from prostate, kidney and pancreatic cancer only months earlier and we lost my mother to breast cancer some years ago. I think I minimised his worry. Thyroid cancer is survivable.

My point is that for me ,talking about it has been worthwhile because a secret gnawing away at you is no good for anyone.

Best of luck to you. Wish I could have found this site at the time you first posted.

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