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nursing student no clue, female white 27

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 30, 2007
  • 01:23 AM

I am a nursing student graduating in May. I am having so many symptoms and the doctor wants to link it all to stress. I first went in about 1 year ago with random muscle spasms and bone pain. The doctor said, stress. I then found a lump in my right breast, referred to ultrasound, then had a biopsy (needle) which found the lump benign. Well, almost a year later and the lump has grown from 1cm to 3cm. I am now pushing for a extraction biopsy. In addition, I went back in with another complaint, they can only handle one complaint at a time, of petechiae. Blood work was done and everything came back "fine". The doctor refers me to a rhematoid specialist who does an autoimmune panel including Hep C and HIV both came back neg and all the blood work was "fine". Does anybody have any suggestions that I can give to the doctor or know of anything that could be causing these symptoms?

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  • You might want to ask for a PET scan or MRI; if you have a growing tumor in your breast its possible you could have one elsewhere. This would rule it out, and give more visual perspectives on the one in your breast.As for the breast tumor, it's natural that you are concerned, but do keep in mind that benign tumors and cysts can grow just as malignant ones can; the difference is that they don't spread to other parts of the body. One piece of advice is to have the second biopsy, but request the slides and have a second pathology team examine them.
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  • Change doctors. If your doc can only handle one problem at a time then he is very likely to miss the big picture. There are very few problems that only have one major symptom. Stress can affect many body systems and can be very powerful. Even though I don't believe that this is your only problem it may be adding to them. Address the stress (and please don't say nursing school isn't stressful--I know better) then go to the new doc and say you are managing the stress but the symptoms are the same or let him know how they have changed.Good luck with school and your body.
    emsbabydoll 73 Replies Flag this Response
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