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Please help...I am so scare now...

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  • Posted By: vcheng79
  • March 4, 2007
  • 05:13 PM

Hi, my name is Valerie and I am 27-year-old. I was diagnosed with stage I papillary thyroid cancer on Dec 26, 06 (during the surgery for removing my whole thyroid) and had my radioactive iodine therapy on Jan 26, 07. I started taking thyroxin (150 microgram) on Feb 4, 07. It's been ok except I have a mild joint pain and muscle pain. The pain doesn't stay in one place, it jumps from one area to another from day to day. After reviewing my RAI scans (done on Jan 30 and Feb 3, 07) My oncologist said that my thyroid cancer hasn't spread and there were only 3 small iodine takeup in the thyroid bed. For the bone pain, my endocrinologist suggested I should take calcium pills and it worked except it gave me serious constipation even when I only take 600 mg every other day. My abdomen was so full, it feels hard when I press it. I also have a lot of gas inside. I started taking Senna (2 x 7.5 mg prescribed by my oncologist after the radioactive iodine therapy) for my constipation about 4 days ago and it helped a little but I realized sometimes my lymph nodes swell up. When they do, it hurts a bit especially when I press it. There's one in the back of my neck, one on my left thigh near the knee and several under my belly. The ones in my belly that are swollen have been there even before my diagnosis, some people told me it's due to my overweight (5'1" at 180lbs). My pubic bone area also started have some pain yesterday morning and when I press into it, I can feel a small "lump" (a swollen lymph node I guess?). Also, my left neck has always been more swollen than my right. My oncologist also found a few cyst at the left side of my breast and yesterday I found another one at the front of my right breast (this I suspect has been here for a while because even before my diagnosis, when my cat steps onto my upper body it hurts a bit). My next appointment with my oncologist is on Mar 28 (there's no vacancy any time sooner), I am just wondering if I should go to another doctor for checkup now? Thanks so much and sorry for the long letter.

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