I have hashimotos and nodules, was diagnosed about 2 years ago even though my thyroid was functioning sub-par but functioning. My TSH was about 4.0 which under the new diagnostic criteria should be in the range between .3 and 3.0.
Symptoms? I yawned all the time, complained alot about being tired, I was always saying to my hubby, I am so tired, he got TIRED of hearing it
I felt like I was losing alot of hair though I have alot of hair to begin with but more then normal. I felt dry but I always have felt dry. I thought my skin had a weird look to it, I kept looking in the mirror and thinking I looked kinda jaundiced which I read after the fact is in fact a symptom, yellowing of the skin, I was cold all the time. My throat was sore almost all the time just like you said, even on the right side too and congested. But I'm still congested all the time, my throat isn't as bad anymore. Mine wasn't enlarged when they palpitated it like yours is so that probably explains why you feel like your windpipe is being cut off, because it probably is.
When you look at the symptoms they can really overlap with SJS.
I had a hard time getting my doctors to take me seriously, finally a new GP felt it was too high (new range) and then did the blood antibody test. I had the antibodies so she sent me to an endo. Even the endo didn't really take me very seriously but sent me on for an ultrasound that day "just to be sure" and I had quite a few nodules. She put me on meds THAT day. I can't believe after seeing you had nodules no one put you on meds. Thats too bad!
She explained the deal with the nodules is if they get too big then they tend to go cancerous. They keep growing if there is not enough hormone in your system and your thyroid is growing these nodules trying to put out more hormone that your body is calling for but it just can't cope. If they get over 1.0mm thats when they want to biopsy. I go in for a 2 yr ultrasound this October and am hoping since I have been on meds they haven't grown.
In that regard they like to keep your TSH under 1.0 as much as possible to stop the growth of the nodules. Mine is currently at .8 though I find I'm yawning alot again. My current GP lets me regulate my dose because everyone feels good at a different number but MOST people seem to feel good around the 1.0 range.
I had a hard time getting used to the meds so my advice if you're medicine sensitive like so many of us here are, start low and build up over months. For instance they wanted to start me on 25mcg, I had to do 12 for a couple weeks (1/2 pill) then move up from there. Right now I alternate 75 and 88 each night. It made me feel edgy, over caffeinated, thus the reason to start slow. This only lasts for a couple months if you're sensitive and after that I felt REALLY GREAT. I rarely feel tired, ever, I don't have that fatigued, dragging feeling all the time though maybe a little more now. Maybe I need to adjust my meds again
One last thing. Many foods and medicines interfere with the absorption of synthroid (my advice is go with the brand if you can) so I take mine in the middle of the night. I usually have to get up and go to the bathroom anyways so I take it then. That way I know nothing has interefered with the dose and you can stay on the lowest possible dose because it is absorbed properly.
I hope this helps a little