3. Neck Discomfort/Thyroid Enlargement/Hoarseness
Thyroid patients are often encouraged to “check their neck”. A feeling of pain or discomfort in the neck, a lumpy, red Adam’s Apple, difficulty swallowing, or a hoarseness in voice are all associated with an enlarged thyroid (goiter). The condition is often called ‘neck goiter’, and it affects the neck and surrounding tissues, protecting the thyroid gland. Goiter can be both an indicator of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. The good news is that approximately 85% thyroid nodules are harmless. And the ones that are cancerous are easily treatable with a surgery.