Voice loss and thyroid noduleHello,
This is a long and detailed post, and thank you for being patient enough to read it.
I need some help in regard to my recent voice loss. I get a sore throat, maybe twice a year due to seasonal changes. Sometimes this is accompanied by a voice loss as well. In the past 3-4 months, this voice loss has been more and more frequent even though I don't necessarily have a cold. I've probably had it about 5-6 times now usually lasting for a week.
Also, about one and a half years ago, while being treated for a bacterial infection at urgent care, the doctor noticed a lump in my thyroid and asked me to get it checked. After blood tests, my hormone levels were found to be normal. However due to a suspicious ultrasound, I was referred to an endocrinologist who recommended an FNA. Everything was fine and they ruled out cancer. The endocrinologist asked me to repeat the blood tests once in 6 months. About 9 months back, I repeated the blood tests again when I was on an India visit and everything is normal. I continue to have the thyroid lump and it seems to have increased in size when I have my voice loss.
10 days ago, I had cold symptoms accompanied by voice loss. Even though the cold like symptoms went away in a couple of days, the voice loss continued. Since I don't have a regular doctor in the USA, I went to a new family doctor. She said that my thyroid nodule seems to be big and seems to be putting a pressure on the nerves attached to the vocal chords. Hence, I'm unable to speak. The doctor said that I would probably need surgery to remove this growth pressurizing my vocal chords. At the minimum, she said I would need at least radio therapy to eliminate this growth and reduce pressure so I can talk. If I leave it like this, she said it might result in paralysis of nerve.
I've had an ultrasound and blood tests and I am waiting for the results. The doctor has said when she calls me regarding the results, she will also refer a surgeon who I can consult with.
I am not keen on surgery and I am wondering if there are any alternate treatment options in homeopathy. I used homeopathy when I was in India till 2006 and I have also seen good results.
Any help you can provide in this regard will be greatly appreciated.
deafs81 on 2008-12-18
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