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Question: Masses on thyroid & neck pain-connected?


 oumonica - Tue May 29, 2007 12:51 pm

I am a 30 year old woman that has had neck pain for the past year which has continued to become increasing painful & debilitating. I have tried everything...ergonomic chair, muscle relaxers, chiropractic care, massages, etc. Finally had an MRI performed around a month ago and discovered that I had mild Degenerative Disc Disease & minimal bulging of C-4/C-5 & C-5/C-6 discs. They also caught that my thryoid was enlarged, so had an ultrasound done a couple of weeks ago. Blood test came back fine, but I do have a couple of masses on my thyroid & it is enlarged. Scheduled for a Fine Needle Aspiration next week. I have several places of balled of muscle that form on the slope of between my neck & shoulders as well as at the base of my neck. I take Skelaxin (no drowsiness!) & 4 ibuprofen 4 times a day!!! Is there any chance that the inflammation from my thryoid could be causing this pain? Doctor does not think that my DDD or minimal buliging should create the level of pain that I am experiencing. Trying desperately to find a solution to my pain. It has totally changed what kind of activities that I can do with my kids, & I hate having to take so much medicine. Please help!!
Thanks!
Monica
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:18 pm

User avatar If, by chance, the masses in your thyroid were causing some inflammation or irritation of the muscles of your neck they could be responsible for your pain. However, I think this is fairly unlikely.

I would be more suspicious of something else (such as continuous stress on the muscle) causing your pain.

You may want to see an orthopedic surgeon or spine surgeon to get a second opinion about your DDD. If were pressing in just the right area it could cause some pain. It does sound fairly minimal and so generally I would agree that it should not be causing severe pain. However, it could.

Best wishes.

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