How to Check Your Neck for Goitres

Checking your neck for goitres, nodules and abnormalities is important to do so you can get appropriate treatment, if needed, for anything that isn’t right, e.g. nodules, goitre and/or thyroid cancer, as soon as possible. You can check your thyroid for these by following the below. 

  1. First of all, you need to get yourself in front of a mirror, removing anything that doesn’t give you a clear view of your neck, like turtle necks and scarves.
  2. Then stretch your neck back, with your chin pointing towards the ceiling.
  3. Closely look at your neck, looking for any enlargement or lumpiness.
  4. Swallowing some water might help.
  5. Feel where your thyroid is, and around it, very gently, to see if you can feel any enlargement or lumps
  6. If you think you can feel something not quite right, like any enlargement, tenderness (besides the uncomfortable feeling of touching your neck area) or lumps, you should see a doctor as soon as possible to get their opinion.

If you see a doctor who insists it is nothing to worry about, seek another doctor and don’t give up until you are satisfied.

For info on goitres, nodules and enlargement, see here.

You can click on the hyperlinks in the above post to learn more and see references to information given.

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I also run a group for the spouses, partners and other halves of hypothyroid patients, called Hypothyroid Patients Other Halves – Support & Advice Group. This is for the other halves only and not patients. 

-Rachel

About Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), as well as having Adrenal Fatigue and experience with Depression and Anxiety Disorder, Rachel Hill blogs at theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com to help others, covering all aspects of what it’s like to have these conditions. Rachel is one of the many faces of thyroid disease and she’s passionate about helping those with hypothyroidism and giving them a voice.
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