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I can't get a diagnosis any ideas??

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  • Posted By: snipsofscraps
  • November 6, 2008
  • 00:49 AM

I have had a lump under my armpit for 2 years now. It is starting to hurt me quite a bit. Add to this, I have hypothyroidism and am on Synthroid.

Add to these problems every joint in my body hurts all the time, I have constant pain in my back and severe pain running down my leg from sciatica, I also bruise extremely easy and have some bruises for over 6 months on my arm. I've seen the doctor and so far all my test's come back within normal specs.

I know something is definitely wrong. You are not supposed to be in constant pain and have swollen lymph nodes for this long, and bruises which do not go away are definitely a bad thing. Help please because it is starting to get to me and I'm starting to really lose faith in doctors.

Last year I had a lump in my left breast and the swollen lymph node in my right armpit. I then went to a surgeon who told me I'm much too young for Breast Cancer yet I am 41. So I'm starting to think that because I have state insurance the doctors won't help me. Any ideas??

As it is now I can barely function, I'm unemployed and really no hope of finding work in my current condition. Constant pain and suffering all the time is no way to live and I'm worried that I have cancer and the doctors won't do anything because I have state insurance and they probably won't get paid.

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  • Whoa, whoa, whoa. You are not too young for breast cancer. Get a new doctor, pronto. The painful thing in your armpit could just be an ingrown hair or a cyst but it should still be checked out. Two years is a long time for that to be there. As for the bruising, you are probably anemic but should have a full blood work up to rule out anything more serious (although unlikely). Find yourself a free clinic. Big university hospitals have excellent free clinics. Go online or call the university hospital near you to get yourself an appointment. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 6, 2008
    • 05:08 PM
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  • Wish I could help more, but I can relate what I do know from experience...I'd had swollen lymph nodes in my neck constantly for a few years before at age 12 a doctor noticed them and said, "oh, you might have cancer" (which I felt horrible because when I was like 8 I didn't know what the lumps were, and am i going to die because I didn't ask about this sooner?!?) I got referred to an ear nose and throat specialist and had a biopsy and it came back that I have "benign hyperplastic lymph nodes." I'm 25 and I still have 2 in my neck that have been and always are swollen to the same size- just there and don't react to new illness or anything.But, at the time this was discovered, all I'd had was allergies and/or near constant (it seemed) severe respiratory infections, which I've mostly grew out of by now. All your other symptoms could mean something different or more complicated. If you are concerned you should insist that the doctor give you at least an ultrasound or MRI if not a surgical biopsy. He shouldn't give you inadequate care just because you're on state insurance- complain!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 6, 2008
    • 11:45 PM
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  • A lot of what you describe is related to celiac disease. Get checkd for it.
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • November 7, 2008
    • 08:47 PM
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