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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 10, 2008
  • 04:19 PM

I'm a twenty year old girl. About 10 months ago I had this huge gulf ball size knot appear on the right side of my neck. My parents told me it was a kink. It went down so that there is a barely noticeably knot. But after that I noticed some drastic changes. Stomach issues (my stomach burns all the time), gained 20lbs rapidly (didn't change my eating habits...and that was before the burning stomach), dizziness almost constantly (my head always feels like its swimming), racing heart, heart palpatations (sp?), constipation, then diarrhea, skipped periods, hot and cold flashes, and I feel so drained all the time. If I'm feeling somewhat bad that day, I can feel the knot it is always swollen. I want to see a doctor, but my family always looks down on that kind of thing. Plus, I live in a small population, so there aren't many doctors to choose from and the ones we have either aren't very educated or don't have the time to care. That sounds rude but I didn't mean it that way.

Any help?

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  • They might be related or not.For sure,you need a cbc(Complete blood count),a urinalysis,and possibly some hormone tests.You need your thyroid checked,too.AS for the ''knot'' in your neck,I'm not sure what caused it to both appear large,then get smaller.Exactly wherein your neck is it located,and is it tender to touch?As for your stomach symptoms,does food or antacids help the burning?If so,it might be an ulcer.Whatever is going on with you, it(they) need to be checked out.I'm sorry that you seem to have slim pickings for doctors.Do you live near a larger city,especially one that might have a teaching hospital in it?If so,I think you should go there.If not,even a small-town doctor can do basic blood tests and some sort of physical exam.Just do something so that you can get some answers and get better:)
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 10, 2008
    • 11:11 PM
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  • Sounds like thyroid trouble with goiter. You need a doctor.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 00:33 AM
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  • A goiter would not appear as a large mass and get smaller,although it could have something to do with her thyroid gland.:)
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 02:09 AM
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  • Listed below are symptoms of lymes disease from www.ilads.org (The International Lymes Disease Association) ask the doctor to test you for lymes and make sure they give you the correct test ( a blot test or something ) you can research the different kinds of tests at http://info.lymebook.com/matthewgoss.html SYMPTOM CHECKLISTThis is not meant to be used as a diagnostic scheme, but is provided to streamline the office interview. Note the format — complaints referable to specific organ systems are clustered to better display multisystem involvement. NAME_______________________________________DATE__________________ RISK PROFILE (PLEASE CHECK) Tick infested area ___ Frequent outdoor activities ___ Hiking ___ Fishing ___ Camping ___ Gardening ___ Hunting ___ Ticks noted on pets ___ Other household members with Lyme ___ Do you remember being bitten by a tick? No ___ Yes ___ when ________ Do you remember having the “bull's eye rash?” No ___ Yes ___ Any other rash? No ___ Yes ___ Have you had any of the following? CIRCLE ALL YES ANSWERS 1. Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing2. Unexplained weight change (loss or gain — circle one) 3. Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina4. Unexplained hair loss5. Swollen glands: list areas _______________________________________________6. Sore throat7. Testicular pain/pelvic pain8. Unexplained menstrual irregularity9. Unexplained milk production; breast pain10. Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction11. Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido12. Upset stomach or abdominal pain13. Change in bowel function (constipation, diarrhea) 14. Chest pain or rib soreness15. Shortness of breath, cough16. Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block17. Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse? 18. Joint pain or swelling: list joints _________________________________________________19. Stiffness of the joints or back20. Muscle pain or cramps21. Twitching of the face or other muscles22. Headache23. Neck creaks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain24. Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains, skin hypersensitivity25. Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy) 26. Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity27. Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity28. Increased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance29. Lightheadedness, wooziness, unavoidable need to sit or lie down30. Tremor31. Confusion, difficulty in thinking32. Difficulty with concentration, reading33. Forgetfulness, poor short term memory, poor attention, problem absorbing new information34. Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places35. Difficulty with speech or writing; word or name block36. Mood swings, irritability, depression37. Disturbed sleep — too much, too little, fractionated, early awakening38. Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
    PUNKYB33 7 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 03:03 AM
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  • I just typed the same symptoms that you listed into Google (except that for me the lump is just a lymph node that comes and goes under my right ear... I think). You cannot imagine my relief to see that someone else has this odd combination of symptoms.Mine began in Iraq 1 year ago, and I was sent home because of my heart behaving so strangely. Since I am a civilian advisor to DOD, once I was Stateside and no longer on a project, I lost my income and insurance.The medical visits I have had have resulted in being told that the stomach pain, nausea, bloating and burning must be acid reflux (so am on aciphex twice daily, which helps a little) and told that I must be having a panic disorder causing the pulsing/whoosing in my ears (sounds like a loud sonogram in my head) and the palpatations/chest pain. And, that I must be depressed, which should explain the 20 pound weight gain and feeling weak/exhausted. I don't feel depressed, but did try cymbolta to make them happy, for 8 months...my symptoms were unaffected, so I discontinued.Although the free clinic told me I needed tests, without insurance, the waiting list at the local hospital is STILL months away. I, too, am in a very small rural area.I am sorry to know that someone else out there is suffering this nightmare too (I want my life back!), but am thrilled to tears to realize that I am not crazy, or alone...and that maybe there is help coming.
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