The types of doctors that treat patients with thyroid issues include primary care physicians such as family doctors
or physicians that specialize the thyroid function, and endocrinologist
. The thyroid gland is located just outside the trachea below the thyroid cartilage (Adam's apple). Thus it is located on the neck about 1/3 of the way up. If you are feeling a lump in the upper portion of your chest, it is not likely a thyroid nodule. If what you are feeling is a thyroid nodule, most likely you will not have symptoms. Thyroid nodules are typically either non-functioning (no symptoms) or functioning (symptoms of too much thyroid). The ones that are non-functioning need further workup to see if they are a suspicious tumor. I suggest that you schedule an appointment with your primary care physician
. He or she can examine your thyroid and determine if it has any nodules. If your exam is positive, then an ultrasound can further characterize these nodules. In addition, a thyroid scan can be ordered to determine if the nodules are functioning (creating thyroid hormone), or non functioning (not creating thyroid hormone). Finally, you doctor will order a blood test looking for TSH which will tell if your whole thyroid gland is functioning properly. Good luck.