Signs & Symptoms

Thyroid Nodules and Goiter
Signs and Symptoms

Most thyroid nodules are too small to see or feel. They tend to be found when you have an imaging test done for some other reason.

A large nodule or goiter may cause a sense of tightness or pain in your neck, and can sometimes grow large enough to interfere with breathing or swallowing.

If your thyroid function is affected, you might notice other symptoms. If your gland is producing too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), you may experience:

  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Trembling hands
  • Heat intolerance

Signs that your thyroid is producing too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism) include:

  • Weight gain
  • Intolerance to cold
  • Muscle cramps
  • Slow thinking
  • Depressed mood

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.