Jul 20, 2011 - 3:11 pm
History: I had/have papillary thyroid cancer. It had moved into my lymph nodes but only right around the thyroid bed. I had a total thyroidectomy last July and then the RAI first part of September.
Present: I am now going in for a follow-up scan. I have been on the low iodine diet and just had my thyrogen injections the past two days and i get my RAI in about an hour. My question is that yesterday after my second thyrogen injection I started to feel some tenderness in my thyroid bed were the thyroid had been removed. I am not seeing this as a good sign. Has anybody else had this sensation? My wife thinks it is placebo effect but it is real. I was under the assumption that thyrogen wouldn't cause any tenderness even if there was remnant thyroid tissue/cancer present. Can it? I am wondering if there could be any other explanation for this tenderness other than remnant cancer?