Call your doctor if you have any of these signs of thyroid nodules:
- Swelling in your neck for more than 2 weeks
- A hoarse or scratchy voice that is not caused by a cold or throat infection and lasts longer than 1 month
- A hard time swallowing
- Symptoms of a thyroid problem, such as feeling tired, weak or nervous, losing weight, having trouble sleeping or having a fast heartbeat
If you have had part of your thyroid gland removed because of noncancerous thyroid nodules, you will need regular medical checkups to make sure your thyroid gland is working well.
Who to see
Different types of health professionals can help treat a thyroid problem.
- Family medicine doctor or general practitioner
- Nurse practitioner
- Physician assistant
Your doctor may also refer you to an endocrinologist for further tests and treatment.
If you need a special exam or treatment, you may see one of these types of doctors:
- Nuclear medicine physician (a doctor who specializes in medicine using different types of radioactive substances)
- Otolaryngologist (an ear, nose and throat specialist)
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