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I have numerous lumps on my body which have appeared over the past year, should i be worried?

By Anonymous December 8, 2010 - 2:18pm
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the first one I noticed was on my throat and being a smoker it alarmed me so I saw the doctor who said that it is probably nothing.
The second one i noticed was on my lower back to the left of my spine, this one caused me pain at first but there is no pain now and it is still there.
more on my spine on the side of it- this one causes me pain very often especially when I try and sleep, this one is not really a lump but it is like hardend tissue in a band on the right side of my spine going up about an inch?

I also got a pain in the lower left chest, I noticed again there seems to be a movable mass there and this area is also very painful sometimes.
Painful lymph node which has been swollen for about 10 months, blood in urine and pain in bladder and also a strange "spot" where my bladder is. It started of as an odd lump and then it went down and I now have a dark slightly raised 1cm area there now. The list goes on! but I think thats enough.
I feel stupid making a big deal out of this because people treat you like your being a fool about these things so I have just gave up caring about it, but I know in my mind that it is not good. I am 20 btw if that helps

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Anon - It's disheartening to ask about any change in our body that could signal a problem and to be dismissed. The symptoms you describe could indicate several different medical problems, but you need a diagnostic workup to really determine what's going on. Blood in the urine is never normal, for example, and should always be checked out.

Please make an appointment and plan to bring in a written list, with a timeline, of all of the body changes and symptoms you've noticed. Organizing your information will make this easier for you to explain, and easier for your doctor to understand and see the bigger picture. Write out the questions you want answered in advance. This will help ease your nervousness and enable you to be sure you get the information you really need and don't forget anything.

You are neither stupid or a fool, just a young human being in need of some answers, direction and care. If you come in prepared, and are treated rudely, then you just find another doctor who will take your needs seriously. You are going to live with your body all your life, and are the only one who can take care of it.

It says a lot for you that you took the time to write in about this, and I think you are going to do just fine when you see the doctor. Please let us know how it goes, and if we can help further after you have more information. We're happy to help. Pat

December 8, 2010 - 6:26pm
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