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Graves Disease vs. Lymphoma

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 5, 2006
  • 02:16 PM

In April I went for a physical due to fatigue, muscle weakness, and headaches. I had a chest x-ray and blood work done. I found out I had a nodule in my chest, hyperthroidism, and epstein barr. I then went and had a ct of chest done-which showed an enlarged spleen and thymus. I as sent to an Endocrinologist for the Graves Disease, and then also to an oncologist for a faer of Lymphoma. The endocrinologist put me on Toprol and Methimazol for 2 months prior to a ct chest,pelvis,and abdomen that was requested by the oncologist. The ct shows my spleen and thymus are still enlarged, I have 2 probable cysts on my ovaries, and now there shows some increase in size on my lymph nodes. My oncologist wants me to wait another three months to see if anything else happens? He thinks it is all due to Graves Disease...yet I am taking medication for Graves and i was told Graves disease does NOT affect your lymph nodes? So, I am confused. Should I get a second opinion or am I being too inpatient. I am only 29 and I am a single mom of three, so I don't want to wait for something bad to happen. Any suggestions or insight?

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  • I am a big believer in second, third and fourth opinions. It's amazing you can get 10 doctors in one room and get so many different opinions. You are young and have 3 kids. By all means be pro-active and take charge of your circumstances. You may find that you like one of the new doctors better as well or in the least confirmation that the doctors you have are doing exactly what they would and will make you feel better. With so many things going on with your glands it sounds like the Endocronoligist is the best Doctor to determine the cause and treatment. If other symptoms don't fit then he can send you to another specialist like the Oncologist. You can also do searches on the web for Graves Disease for their official website along with the National Centers for Health to find out the latest treatments and clinical trials. I can imagine you must be very scared, I would be to. My prayers are with you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 14, 2006
    • 05:02 AM
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  • My husband is 35 years old, has a 1 year old son and a 4 year old daughter, and has been very sick since May 4th of this year. After an extensive work-up, we are left with no diagnosis and are increasingly frustrated. His symptoms began with high fevers (103) and shaking chills, and a severe headache. The fever and chills went away after 2 weeks and severe muscle pain in legs set in for another 2 weeks. He was also extremely fatigued. During June all was getting back to normal, though he was still very tired. July 1st his fever came back and chills, this time with a dry cough. It seems to be caused by irritation in base of throat. He has now had the cough for 7 weeks. Fever and chills come and go. Fatigue present. We have seen infectious disease doctors, rheumatologists, oncologists, GI, pulmonologist, and traveled to Boston from Maine for a second opinion (ID unit at Mass General, doctor was unprepared and offered nothing new). His one PET Scan came back normal (slight intake in upper chest base of throat) but the doctor said it was normal. Biopsy of lymph node normal, no cancer cells present. GI doc noted 4 additional large nodes in chest area that CT Scan has not revealed..... Does anyone have a clue what is wrong with my husband? Or a direction we should take? We are so tired and and hoping the doctors will make the right choices and tell us what to do. We are not the experts and do not know which tests to repeat and with whom.....Many many thanks.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 21, 2006
    • 03:18 PM
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