From the article: Thyroid Surgery and Thyroidectomy
What should a thyroid patient expect before, during and after the thyroid biopsy procedure known as fine needle aspiration, or FNA? What about a thyroid sugery? What is it like, first-hand from thyroid patients who've been through it? Share your story about FNA and/or thyroid surgery, and read other thyroid patients' accounts of their own experiences with thyroid biopsy or thyroidectomy. Share Your Story
- I had a needle aspiration on my thyroid and was told the did not get enough cells. I wonder if anyone else has had this happen? Now I have to wait a month and repeat procedure with no insurance. It was a $1000 procedure.
- —Guest nancy
- I had mine 10/29/13. No anesthetic with 4 passes into my right sided mass. First 3 weren't bad, but by the 4th he hit a nerve and I got hot and nauseated. No results until 11/11/13.
- —Guest mimislim
- I just had mine this morning - 3 samples taken. It was fine but I don't mind needles much. I do find that swallowing is a bit difficult (it's like having a bad sore throat) and the area feels a bit tender. I should have brought soup for lunch instead of solid food!
- —Guest Kyeismum
- I have to disagree with a lot of people on here. I have never experienced such pain in my whole life as I did going through this test. I wouldn't do this to my worst enemy. Thank God for such a wonderful staff of medical people in the room with me, for if it wasn't for them I don't think I would have been able to finish the test. I was given 2 shots of lidocaine and I felt every tug and pull there was. I have had a headache for 2 days since and just want to sleep all day. I would recommend being put to sleep for this or don't do it.
- —Guest Barb
- I had my thyroid biopsied yesterday and had the normal local anesthetic. I have an extremely high pain tolerance, mind you, and due the depth of my nodule, the dr couldn't obtain an adequate sample. He could tell I was in a large amount of pain and stated it was best to sedate me. Working in the medical field as a nurse, I had never heard of this before. Today is the morning after and I could barely sleep due to the pain, and I cannot turn my head to either side of lift it up. Swallowing was difficult before but it ten times worse now. Anyone been through this before??!?
- —Guest Jamie
- I had this procedure done August 26 2013 and it hurt...so much that I asked the doctor to stop.
- —Guest ms.vee
Pain Depends on You...
- Personal fears play a greater role on the biopsy, hell you can even damage your gland if you cant stand still and let the physian/clincian do their job.
- —Guest Meh
- I had my biopsy done today. No numbing. I had 7 passes done and I'm quite sore. When they put the needle in for each pass they have to move it around in the nodule to make sure they get enough cells. I wouldnt say it was the most painful thing I've experienced but it is psychologically unsettling to have your neck dug around in with a needle over and over again. I hope they got what they needed because I will be quite upset to have to go through it again. One of my nodules was on the back of my thyroid and I literally started crying after the 2nd pass. I hope I am less sore tomorrow.
- —Guest jessica
My FNA Thyroid Nodule Biopsy
- I just had the FNA thyroid nodule biopsy today and I must say after reading so many people saying it's so painful and awful had me worried so bad. The key to having a good experience with this testing depends on an amazing medical staff and taking anti anxiety medication before going. The only discomfort I felt was the needle used to numb me up. You will feel a mild stinging pain and that is it. You can't even feel the biopsy needles because your numb. All you feel is pressure. Please don't read all the horror stories on these forum sites and scare yourself. Maybe some people had a rough experience somehow but I am here to say that I did not. You get an ice pack when you leave and that is it. It was so much easier than I thought so I hope I can help ease some people's mind's if they have to get this done.
- —Guest Jean614
FNA ULTRASOUND GUIDED BIOPSY
- I had my biopsy today, i was very scared, but, to, my surprise it was not as bad as I feared. Don't get me wrong it did hurt. 5 samples were taken and there was pain, but not as bad as what I have read and heard.
- —Guest trash
- 10 days after surgery, I feel fine with no pain. I am a little hot and cold at times, but overall feel OK. I. still have no voice and am a little worried about that. The doctor removed my right thyroid and found more than expected. Waiting for results.
- —Guest Ardy
- I just had my biopsy done on a 9mm nodule with 4 needle sticks. The procedure was painless. At best the anticipation was worse than the actual procedure. I didn’t get any pain meds, or anesthesia as the doctor suggested that getting a shot for numbing would be more painful – he was right. This was painless.
- —Guest Cathy
- Hi. I just got home from having a Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy done on my thyroid. I had to have it done to 3 nodules that were large. I was very frightened about getting this done but I have been feeling pretty awful these past couple of months. The people at the hospital were great. They explained the procedure even though I had read on line about it. I decided to not use a numbing agent or I should say the Doctor performing the biopsy and the assistants said to try it without because some patients felt that was the worst part to be injected to numb the site. They went in about 12 times with each nodule. It felt like someone stuck your neck with a pin and than shoved the pin in. This wasn't so bad. Than I felt a lot of pressure as the needle took out the samples. Almost like someone put a clamp on my neck and made it tighter. It wasn't painful just extreme pressure. My throat is sore now and it does hurt a little to swallow. I am drinking my coffee now. I think if needs be get it done.
- —Guest Lisa
Getting 2nd Biopsy and SO Nervous
- I got a biopsy 6 months ago for a thyroid cyst and was completely ignorant regarding what to expect (no big deal)! She stuck me four times, no numbing it as it's the same needle they use so why add one more? Well, I could not believe it was four needles! If she had stuck me again I would have been bawling. It's a really weird feeling and I found very uncomfortable. My results were benign - thank goodness - but I have to go back next week for another biopsy and I am DREADING IT. I am taking Tylenol #3 with Codeine in hopes it makes it more tolerable. Good luck to you all this is such a scary thing to deal with.
Biopsy and Full Thyroidectomy
- I had a biopsy in the same area 10 years ago and totally painless. Had another this year due to large nodule and several small, plus my sister got thyroid cancer. This biopsy was surprisingly painful (6) and afterward my throat was so sore I couldn't swallow without pain like punched in neck. Had a pity party that night but was much better in the next few days. Just be prepared. I didn't expect that. No cancer, but I elected for full removal due to nodules and hereditary concerns. Recovery was not at all unpleasant. We had to change my medication 3 times to find the right dose, but now I feel fine. Scar is 5 months old, faded (used Scar Away as much as possible), but still visible and my neck is more wrinkly then before, but scar is only about 2 inches. Dr. Sturgeon at Northwestern in Chicago. Excellent doctor, great rep. Good luck!
- —Guest Michelle Bohm
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