So, I went to my doctor because of pain under my jaw that was getting worse. After diagnosing it as “something infected” and putting me on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories, with orders to have another doctor’s appointment plus a dentist appointment in a week, we sat back to chat. He listed some of the less likely, though infinitely more interesting, causes of the pain. These included dental abscess, bronchial cleft cyst, and migrated thyroid tissue.
Pause the playback. Migrated thyroid tissue? What on earth is that? What on earth would cause it? I have autoimmune thyroiditis… could it be so bad that chunks of my thyroid fall off? Can all tissues “migrate”? Do they do it seasonally? Do they leave trails that can be counted like the rings of a tree? Help! None of this is in the Merck Manual!