Let me start by saying that I was at the GYN today and had her check a non-painful lump under my armpit which has been there, same size, for about a year without getting any worse. With her guidance, I DO have an appointment to see a surgeon to get it assessed next week.
My question is what kind of information should I give the surgeon? To start, I have been a veterinary technician for 25 years and have bitten and scratched by numerous cats. Does Bartonella (cat scratch) have long term symptoms and would a non-painful lump be related? Also, I have no idea about my exposure to Lyme disease. In the past 2-3 years my joints have begun to be painful, to which my General doctor prescribed prescription strength ibuprofen which seems to help somewhat, but I have started glucosomine and condroitan on my own which has helped significantly. I have had no testing for either zoonotic disease.
I also am overweight significantly (about 100 pounds), which I suspect is affecting the joints, and though I had quit smoking, I recently started again. My recent blood profile showed very elevated CRP levels, but was never retested after the initial test, and I know that can have many different causes and is only an indication of inflammation in the body.
I also get diarrhea on a regular basis, though there is no abdominal pain associated. My General doctor told me to take more fiber, but when I do, I end up with abdominal pain. Lactobacillus, in small quanities, seems to curb the diarrhea. But what is the possiblity of this being parasitic, related to zoonotic exposure at my job? I know some parasites leave cystic structures in muscles, do they do so in lymph areas too?
Finally, a year ago, I was having sporatic (once a month) pains in my chest just below where my heart should be. I have had a routine EKG and a stress test, which turned out perfectly fine. My general doctor suspects a digestive ailment since it seems to occur about 20 minutes after eating. No chest X-ray was ever done.
I don't want to waste the surgeons time with non related items, but I also don't want to eliminate anything which could help him properly diagnose this lump.
Thanks in advance for any input.