Hi, I need some advice.
I'm very concerned because I noticed lumps on my right upper abdomen about 1 1/2 months ago. There are about 6 -7 and they are small. They are located right below my ribcage to about 3 inches below and go from about 2 inches right of my navel to my right side. They are not painful to the touch. I have a history of abdominal pain which was thought to be caused by scar tissue from a spinal fusion 10 years ago. The pain is dull and radiates from my mid-right abdomen but I can't pinpoint it by touch. This pain has become more uncomfortable in recent weeks (last week it was sharp - I thought I might be having an appendicitis attack - but it calmed down).
I didn't go to the doctor regarding this immediately because my young daughter fractured 2 vertebrae in a swimming accident around the same time I noticed them and then she came down with strep throat. Then I had my annual mammogram scheduled and they saw a mass and scheduled me for a biopsy, which turned out benign, but I do have 2 enlarged intramammary lymph nodes which they said they will watch. During all of this I caught my daughter's cold and became very ill (103.5 fever) and was diagnosed with pneumonia in my right lung. I forgot all about my lumps.
Last Monday, I went to the doctor to follow up on the pneumonia and I mentioned the lumps and the abdominal pain and the loss of appetite (I feel like I ate a Thanksgiving dinner after just a bowl of cereal). I also have pain in my back on the right side that seems to be right behind the area of the lumps. The doctor could feel the lumps, he said they are not cysts and are not in the skin - they are deeper than that. He said that they do not disappear when he had me "bear down". He then said that he has no idea what they are and to come back in a few months and we'll see if they've gotten any larger. He attributed the loss of appetite to the pneumonia (it did start at the same time) and the back pain to my crummy back.
I'm extremely uncomfortable with the whole "wait and see" advice since that's what they did with my back pain (never even got films until I couldn't walk) because I was "too young" for severe back problems.
I can't see another doctor (unless I pay) because I have HMO. I scheduled an appointment with my gynecologist because I have a good rapport with her and she can order tests, but I can't get in for three weeks.
Any thoughts or advice?
P.S. I have 4 days left on a two week prescription of Avelox for the pneumonia and I'm still running a fever of 100.5. My doc said my lungs sounded clear at my follow up. I still have extreme fatigue - I assume from the pneumonia.
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