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.