Hi, I have been searching for answers on line, visited many specialists and have had repeated visits to my family physician due to the fact that I have been experiencing, for about 5 years, periodic/reocurring (and very tender) swollen lymph nodes in the groin area accompanied by what appears to be a boil/abscess of some sort at the base of my tailbone (between the "cheeks") which is very itchy, tender/painful, red/swollen and there is always a pain/tenderness that seems to run from the swollen node, around the hip, to the spot on my back. This most recent 'outbreak' (as I've come to refer to it due to lack of better term) included pain that seemed to throb within my vein from the same area of the groin, wrapping around the back of the right leg and behind the knee, down the inside-side of the calf and down to my foot (top, side and underneath). Additionally, for a period of approximately 12 hours prior, I felt like I was developing a cold and had unusual cramping approximately 24 hours prior (I do not normally cramp and/or bloat during my menstrual cycle). It may also be noteworthy to mention that about 7 years ago, I inexplicably went from 120 pounds (which I weighed for the majority of my teen years until 21) to under 100 pounds and have never been able to gain back the weight (I am 5'6" and hover around 98-101 pounds). I've even tried weight-gain powders designed for weight lifters and so on. Also, when I eat, I feel incredibly tired/drained afterward and I either don't gain weight or I sometimes lose weight. Additionally, I feel almost constantly drained of energy. I have also noted that this 'outbreak' is sometimes following a very stressful time (such as an insanely busy work week). My doctor has 'diagnosed' and subsequently prescribed various medications, all the while assuring me that "this time got it", which needless to say, have been incorrect (his diagnosis range from glutten intolerance (initial(at onset of weight loss) to herpes zoster (this was the last diagnosis prior to this most recent experience closely related to the chicken pox virus) (but in reviewing the symptoms associated with the latter, mine neither 'match up' nor did the very expensive medication "cure" it as I was essentially promised by my physician...obviously or I wouldn't be pleading for help now)). I have grave concerns that he is missing something that could be signs of something more serious (he rarely provides any patient more than 10 to 15 minutes to discuss your concerns/symptoms and often shrugs any suggestions off unless you are very persistent - if there's adequate time to be) as this seems to be worsening, allbeit slowly, over time. By way of a bit of family history, my mother had 2 bouts of cervical cancer, ultimately undergoing a full hystorectomy - - but not until after 3 miscarriages....I was the lucky one. (My Mom's experience was under the care of the same physician. Some may ask why I haven't switched....and the answer to which is, the city in which I reside has an incredible shortage of physicians and none currently in practice are taking new patients - even on a 'second opinion' only basis). I am at a complete loss and have virtually nowhere to turn for answers/possible answers. As previously indicated, I've searched the web and I have encountered many possible 'matches' but at the same time, nothing seems to describe what I deal with and often leaves me more confused and ultimately, scared, than before I began attempting to sort this out on my own. I would be most appreciative of any suggestions/possible 'diagnosis' (which I would discuss with my physician, of course). Lastly, in an effort to keep this short, I did not include every symptom....only the most prevalent and each time I experience this, I am able to 'connect more dots', per se. Even in reading other peoples' submissions, I noted that I often have pain under the skin (normally in my legs) which I hadn't realized was a 'ligitimate' medical concern. To whomever has made it this far in my rambling, I graciously thank you for your time. And despite possibly sounding and my phsycian making me at times feel like one, I am not a hypochondriac!Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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