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Seen two doctors, really getting worried! Please help?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 9, 2007
  • 02:09 AM

I've posted on here before but received no response, and I really would appreciate any insight you all can offer.

Perhaps 2 years ago I noticed that I had some sort of firm mass beneath the skin on the upper left side of my abdomen below the ribs. Having a doctor look at it basically told me that they believed it to be attached to the muscle, but my concerns were basically dismissed, despite the fact I experience a chronic dull ache in my left flank and the occasional sharp, stabbing pain.

A few months later, I started to experience quite a few digestive/respiratory problems I'd never had a history of, i.e. terrible nausea and/or cramps, frequent diarrhea, chronic cough that oddly seems to worsen and become sort of "wet" when I laugh or run much...again all dismissed by a doctor. Stress, they said.

In early January of this year, I noticed a swollen, hard knot in my throat that rolls slightly when palpated and feels as though it is attached to something. It is painless, but has not disappeared as swollen lymphnodes generally should.

Recently I've noticed that I've been experiencing the same dull ache/intermittent sharp pains in my RIGHT side as well, as well as rather intense cramping pain in my stomach. Too low for indigestion, and like all of my other stomach symptoms does not appear to be effected by my diet. There have been times where it doubled me over and hurt when I pressed on it.

Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I'm a 20-year-old female with no history of chronic illness, 5'7 and 125 lbs. No reason I can think of to have all this pop up within the last few years. Two or three doctors have basically blown off my concerns and said it's nothing, but I know my body best and I disagree. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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  • sounds like u may have an obstructed intestine or crohns disease.
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  • sweetheart...take a look at www.ahummingbirdsguide.com on L of home page is list of ME symptoms page...when you read it...there are 2 paragraphs of symptoms...read them...all of yours are there...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Mommycat, maybe try offering some advice to people instead of spamming that website in every response you offer. Aside from nausea, Hannahbanana displays NONE of those symptoms. No fever, no vertigo or impaired coordination. None of it. The first poster sounds like they might be on the right track. Crohn's or some sort of pancreatic/gallbladder disorder.
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  • try looking up mastocytosis .... trust me i've been seeing docs for 2 years and treated for anxiety for that long and found out it was not anxiety but mastocytosis :( ... it's a thought
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Unregistered...do you know ME symptoms???Obviously not...abdominal cramping, diarrhea, , nausea, cough, swollen lymph nodes, dull/sharp pain in abdomen,chronic illness, no diagnosis...these are ALL ME symptoms...also, she is asking for help and I'm offering...They tried telling me I had everything from Chron's to Carcinoid cancer...now all other possibilities have been exhausted and my dr is testing me for ME...have you not looked around this site??? Do you know ME symptoms??? I do...I live with them daily....Instead of spamming me...do something constructive...Has it not ocurred to you that I am posting this info on several sites???? I'm a nurse and I can tell you MANY people are having ME symptoms...whether anyone WANTS to believe it or not...Have a nice day...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Mommycat,Yeah. Read the site, and it sounds mostly like a crock. Saying "oh, so many people display all these symptoms...they must have ME!" is almost laughable. As someone in the professional medical field myself, it's equally laughable that you spam that site on MULTIPLE boards. Spamming by it's very definition is to send messages indiscriminately to multiple groups of any sort...I don't see how my chastising you for being a spammer is spamming. If it is, that'd make me the spammiest spammer that ever spammed.It sounds like the original poster is probably living with quite a few nasty symptoms as well, though they seem to be more likely due to a GI tract problem than any sort of virus. I'd advise her to at least get some testing done for the normal slew of diseases and conditions before she started ranting about ME or alien probing or whatever else fanatics like yourself blather about. If you were a nurse in MY hospital, I'd see to it you were fired...if not for your fanatical behavior then for your utter lack of grammatical ability.
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  • Dear Mommycat, Yeah. Read the site, and it sounds mostly like a crock. Saying "oh, so many people display all these symptoms...they must have ME!" is almost laughable. As someone in the professional medical field myself, it's equally laughable that you spam that site on MULTIPLE boards. Spamming by it's very definition is to send messages indiscriminately to multiple groups of any sort...I don't see how my chastising you for being a spammer is spamming. If it is, that'd make me the spammiest spammer that ever spammed. It sounds like the original poster is probably living with quite a few nasty symptoms as well, though they seem to be more likely due to a GI tract problem than any sort of virus. I'd advise her to at least get some testing done for the normal slew of diseases and conditions before she started ranting about ME or alien probing or whatever else fanatics like yourself blather about. If you were a nurse in MY hospital, I'd see to it you were fired...if not for your fanatical behavior then for your utter lack of grammatical ability. Hey "unregistered"! You are so rude! You quote "MY Hospital". Please let us know exactly which hospital is yours! Your bedside manner is atrocious. I am guessing you don't have much contact with patients....ones that are awake that is. Why would you put down someone you don't even know? Despite Mommy Cat's many posts, she is not unkind or exhibiting any kind of "god complex" issues like you are! Care from people like YOU are the reason many posts are made to this site! Why exactly are YOU on this site? Did you post with a problem, "unregistered"? If you are here to help people with your expertise, this is no way to do it!
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  • "Unregistered" there is only one way to describe your ill-fitting attitude....insensitive. Mommy cat does not have to put aside time to HELP people...but she does. And she must be a wonderful person to do so. Thats why we are all here. To ask for help and to give help. I posted a query only today, about bad chest pain that ive been having for a while. No one has helped me, so i'm sure that the person who posted "Seen two doctors, really getting worried! Please help?" would be entirely grateful to any help. Please be a little sympathetic.
    EmilyMcN 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Dr...YOU ARE EXACTLY WHY NOONE can get a diagnosis...if everyone is sick...and doctors don't believe they are sick...and don't believe in a disease that exists that is making these people sick...then what kind of doctor are they??? I'm not 'SPAMMING'...I'm trying to help a lot of people who have been trying for a long time to get a diagnosis...myself being one of them...Obviously, the world does not need more doctors like you. If you took 5 minutes to look at this site...you would see everyone saying the same things...neurologial problems, BP, GI, Hormonal, endocrine ect...Every heading says same thing...please help...noone can figure out...been to several doctors...If you took the time, you would see what I mean...bye, Doc
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Emily...you are very kind and I appreciate it...I'm trying to help and they call it "spamming"...do none of them comprehend what is happening here??? it's so scary...I wish you well and keep in touch...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Dear Mommycat,Yeah. Read the site, and it sounds mostly like a crock. Saying "oh, so many people display all these symptoms...they must have ME!" is almost laughable. As someone in the professional medical field myself, it's equally laughable that you spam that site on MULTIPLE boards. Spamming by it's very definition is to send messages indiscriminately to multiple groups of any sort...I don't see how my chastising you for being a spammer is spamming. If it is, that'd make me the spammiest spammer that ever spammed.It sounds like the original poster is probably living with quite a few nasty symptoms as well, though they seem to be more likely due to a GI tract problem than any sort of virus. I'd advise her to at least get some testing done for the normal slew of diseases and conditions before she started ranting about ME or alien probing or whatever else fanatics like yourself blather about. If you were a nurse in MY hospital, I'd see to it you were fired...if not for your fanatical behavior then for your utter lack of grammatical ability."If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a DUCK". Mommy cat is trying to put peices to a puzzle together and offer help. Everyone on this board is hurting, we are frustrated with the drive-thru service we're provided in the medical field. We're being tossed around like hot potatos from Dr to Dr without ANY answers!!!!!!! Leave Mommy Cat alone, she is the type of Dr. that some of us need. She's compassionate, & caring and most of all WILLING TO LISTEN!Go back to the triage post at "Your hospital".
    sosickofthis 31 Replies Flag this Response
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  • sosick...V52...THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU..It is so nice to see others willing to come to my rescue...I'm a one man band on a world tour at the moment...It all seems so impossible, yet here it all is...You guys (gals) are wonderful...mommy cat
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  • mommy cat here...just to clarify...I'm not a doctor...I'm a nurse...NYS LPN...I am 5 classes from recieving my RN but had to quit school in October 06 when my symptoms began to increase....Someone previous had said mommy cat is the type of doctor we need...just wanted to correct it for the record....I don't want to be accused of claiming I'm a doctor..mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the responses...Based on my family medical history (lots of cancer, mostly involving lymph nodes and the like) I think I may just bully my doctor into referring me to someone that can do a biopsy. The knot in my neck has been there for months and pain sometimes radiates through the area like it does in the upper left quadrant of my abdomen...and yet the knots are NOT tender or squishy, and they don't feel like any swollen nodes I've had before due to illness or whatever.Not sure if it's related, but the ribs on the lower left side of my ribcage also sort of hurt. I'm honestly concerned about cancer, since this has been going on for at least two years and there are times when I wake up in a sweat, and since March 6th I've gone from being a size 10 to a size 4...that's a substantial loss, isn't it? Something like 20-30 lbs have just dropped off, and I know it can't all be due to my poor appetite.
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  • Hey Hanah, I am going to begin with..."I am not a dr, nor am I a nurse, nor do I even work in a hospital...I've done a Psychology Degree, and work at a Development Centre for children. I had a health scare much like yours. I had a core biopsy, and while it wasn't fun, it most certainly gave me the answers to all my deep, dark questions. Luckily for me, the tests came back clear and all it was, was "fibrocystitis" (or something like that). Having said this, I know how detrimental it can be to your psychological well-being. One would say to me "but you did psychology, you know how to cure your so-called psychological heart ache" NOT TRUE. I suggest you bite the bullet and demand a biopsy referal from your dr, if s/he soes not give you one, get a second, third, fourth, fifth opinion til you get one. While I cannot give you any medical advice (which might make some of you wonder why I'm even here), I can offer you any help you may need for the way you are "feeling" right now. I'm not trying to sell myself to you....friendship is free....but I just want to help others out like they helped me out. Hope you pull through. Em xx
    EmilyMcN 67 Replies Flag this Response
  • fibrocystitisfibromyalgia myalgic Encephalomyelitis see the connections? Hanna...many of your symptoms are posted on other threads...many have them many c/o L sided rib pain...it's one I don't have please read last 5 pages of "It's a mystery until we solve it" there, you will find many with exactly your symptoms it's worth a look and may save a lot of time, money and discouragement I'm currently being tested after ruling out many possibilities I have heard from many states and a few countries people are beginning to take this info to docs...it couldn't hurt I'm not diagnosing...just recommending...Be Well...mommy cat:)
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • P S I almost had a biopsy of lymph nodes too...my father died in Oct of throat cancer swollen lymph nodes are also a symptom...if they biopsy them and it comes back clean or fibrocystitis...I would look at what I'm mentioning Bless you...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • mommy cat, This person has read your responses, and responded to your posts. For you to continue to badger her is to show that you are, amongst your other troubles, suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. Your self-written comments (not the ones that you are copying and pasting) are repetitive, mixed up, unclear, and pushy. This is called mania.You keep saying you are getting checked for ME but you haven't said if you have it. You have decided that your cause is more important than everyone elses needs, even to the point of believing that everyone without a diagnosis has ME. Considering that you claim a medical background, this shows a lack of connection with reality. I now dub thee, "crazy cat" instead of mommy cat. Get some psychiatric attention while you are working on getting a diagnosis. Anna
    Anna cat 13 Replies Flag this Response
  • I've posted on here before but received no response, and I really would appreciate any insight you all can offer.Perhaps 2 years ago I noticed that I had some sort of firm mass beneath the skin on the upper left side of my abdomen below the ribs. Having a doctor look at it basically told me that they believed it to be attached to the muscle, but my concerns were basically dismissed, despite the fact I experience a chronic dull ache in my left flank and the occasional sharp, stabbing pain.A few months later, I started to experience quite a few digestive/respiratory problems I'd never had a history of, i.e. terrible nausea and/or cramps, frequent diarrhea, chronic cough that oddly seems to worsen and become sort of "wet" when I laugh or run much...again all dismissed by a doctor. Stress, they said.In early January of this year, I noticed a swollen, hard knot in my throat that rolls slightly when palpated and feels as though it is attached to something. It is painless, but has not disappeared as swollen lymphnodes generally should. Recently I've noticed that I've been experiencing the same dull ache/intermittent sharp pains in my RIGHT side as well, as well as rather intense cramping pain in my stomach. Too low for indigestion, and like all of my other stomach symptoms does not appear to be effected by my diet. There have been times where it doubled me over and hurt when I pressed on it.Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I'm a 20-year-old female with no history of chronic illness, 5'7 and 125 lbs. No reason I can think of to have all this pop up within the last few years. Two or three doctors have basically blown off my concerns and said it's nothing, but I know my body best and I disagree. Any ideas?Thanks in advance.try looking into either a thyroid related problem or possible but rare wegeners granulomotosis.
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  • Okay, I am going to ignore this "Cat fight" as it isn't helpful to anyone. Based on my family medical history (lots of cancer, mostly involving lymph nodes and the like) I think I may just bully my doctor into referring me to someone that can do a biopsy. The knot in my neck has been there for months and pain sometimes radiates through the area like it does in the upper left quadrant of my abdomen...and yet the knots are NOT tender or squishy, and they don't feel like any swollen nodes I've had before due to illness or whatever.Not sure if it's related, but the ribs on the lower left side of my ribcage also sort of hurt. I'm honestly concerned about cancer, since this has been going on for at least two years and there are times when I wake up in a sweat, and since March 6th I've gone from being a size 10 to a size 4...that's a substantial loss, isn't it? Something like 20-30 lbs have just dropped off, and I know it can't all be due to my poor appetite. Hannahbanana, At the very least your doctor should have done an upper abdominal ultrasound? If he is just chalking your symptoms up to "stress" than YOU NEED TO FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR ASAP! Your symptoms are definitely not due to stress. Have you had blood work done? It sounds like your doctor isn't doing enough...if you can find another one I would, and make sure they understand your family history of cancer. I think it is possible that the bumps could just be benign cysts, but you need to have this diagnosed. Best wishesDOM
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