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  2. plac8170

    ALS Concerns...Hear me out on this one.

    Just to chime in on the brisk reflexes.. I went to my neurologist yesterday and said I had been self testing my knee reflexes and they were really hyper reflexive. She asked me to show her how I’d done it and I had been banging them with my phone. She laughed and said “well of course they’re going to look like that when you hit them that hard”. She used her reflex hammer and did different variations of force to show me that the harder you hit them the more “brisk” they’ll be. Then she used her finger and tapped on my knees and said “now if I could elicit your reflexes by just tapping with my finger.. THAT would be hyper reflexia and I would be concerned.” I also was convinced I had hand atrophy and she looked at what I SWORE were dents on the top of my hand and wasting away palm muscles. She tested my finger strength and said if I had atrophy my fingers would have collapsed in but they didn’t. Losing muscle=no strength to keep your hand open. I have body wide twitching (even in uhmmm... some interesting places... to put it appropriately), hand cramps, leg cramps, arm cramps, feet cramps, and a feeling that my hands just aren’t working right. I feel like my legs stiffen up and they might collapse. I am FAR into the ALS rabbit hole and I’ve consistently told myself the second I have my EMG done at the end of April (if it’s clear god willing) I’m climbing out.
  3. BejeweledMexican

    Ladies.....cancer fear

    I'm staying off! And as long as you know your stuff then I'm going to trust you! Thank you! And like the true hypchondriac that I am I'm already moving on to another fear bahahaha
  4. LilyLabVA

    Hoarse voice- meds or sinister?

    What ended up being the cause?
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  6. MARC

    Hoarse voice- meds or sinister?

    I have had a number of Laryngoscopy's for sore and hoarse throats and they are a piece of cake. The whole procedure took around a minute or 2 and my ENT even did it once without any numbing agent being used. When they use a numbing agent, they spray it up one nostril and insert a tube with a camera up your nose and into your throat. My ENT was talking to me during the test and said he saw nothing. At your age, the odds of cancer are very remote.
  7. ZenCube

    Ladies.....cancer fear

    Sorry to jump in the 'women only thread' but just this: cancer can give a lot of different signs and symptoms, cramping is not one of them. Stay off Google, I beg ya.
  8. ZenCube

    Very anxious and scared

    You knew better about Dr Google. Punch in whatever you want, you wind up with the Black Death, stage 23 cancer, or that very rare neurological disease that turns you into a see cucumber in less than a month. We all Googled our symptoms here, we all had our last will in order because, well, weren't we dying a horrible death? Yet we all still breathe. Back to topic, no blood in phlegm is great news as it is the official red flag urging a bronchoscopy for a thorough check out. All your symptoms are yet not relevant for anything sinister. You have had pneumonia all right, which is bad enough. Trust your doctors, take it one day at the time, you'll soon walk out of this clear and relieved, I promise.
  9. LilyLabVA

    Hoarse voice- meds or sinister?

    Thank you so much for looking into this stats for me! I truly appreciate it. I'm a facts girl, so it's super helpful!
  10. LilyLabVA

    Hoarse voice- meds or sinister?

    I prefer not to rush to doctor. If I did that for every little thing, I would be there all day with all of the testing in the world. In fact an ENT endoscopy makes me horribly nervous! Yes, allergies are creeping up and my daughter complained last night of "gunk" in her throat. It's a listed side effect of Klonpain which I have had to increase lately so I'm trying to accept that it's nothing sinister. It's not hoarse all day just off and on.
  11. jartist

    Very anxious and scared

    @ZenCube My only symptoms have been shortness of breath, cough and heavy feeling in my right lung. I've had some back pain but I think it's anxiety and from coughing. No blood in my phlegm. I've lost a little weight recently but I think it's due to me worrying and it's suppressing my appetite. I did the stupid thing and went to Dr google. I started finding all my "symptoms" lining up and then I saw a few people my age that have been diagnosed with LC. From there I'd just decided my doctor was wrong or mistaken and the follow up x ray would show this. I'm grateful for you talking this out with me because it refocuses my attention. I've been in such a vicious cycle of worrying and then finding more "evidence" to support that worry, that I've sunk into a deep hole. As much as I'm ready to know the x ray outcome, I'm also dreading my worst fears being confirmed. Just can't win with health anxiety.
  12. Angelica Schuyler

    Skin Reactions - Bugs or Something Else?

    Thank you so much for responding. We don't have any animals so I don't think fleas would be the culprit. We do have the aforementioned spiders, spider beetles, and carpet beetles, the latter of which could cause some skin reactions. You may be on to something with the anxiety. I've been having severe anxiety/hypochondria/OCD for about a year and a half without much reprieve. My skin might be starting to react, and possibly seems worse since I'm hyper-focused on it now. The move was quick and unexpected, so that could have been a trigger.
  13. Angelica Schuyler

    Hoarse voice- meds or sinister?

    I checked the SEER data and only something like 275 people between ages 35 and 44 get this cancer every year. If you're not a tobacco or alcohol user, your chances are pretty much nil. Feel free to see an ENT if it will make you feel better, but a lot of external factors can cause a hoarse voice. Do you have any allergies? Is it dry where you are? My apartment is super dry and my voice was hoarse and janky for awhile this winter.
  14. ZenCube

    Very anxious and scared

    Lung cancer at 35 is a rarity. Do you have a smoking tobacco history? Did you lose weight as of lately? Night sweats? Itching spells? Did you cough phlegm and was it tainted with blood or rusty in colour? See, cancer is often hallmarked by a constellation of converging symptoms. I understand your concern, but for now you're just presenting signs of pulmonary infection that, in your age, is vastly more common than the c-thing. And I mean by far.
  15. BejeweledMexican

    Ladies.....cancer fear

    I'm just a mess...again lol no shocker there! I was actually doing really good today and then all of a sudden I started having this crampy pain down below, like literally on pelvis. I never get cramps, first of all, and even though it's not a horrible pain it's not comfortable either. My last period was about w 1/2 weeks ago so I'm not ready for my period yet and my last period was 27 days late. Is any of this a sign of cancer? I absolutely refuse to look it up, though I'm tempted.
  16. ZenCube

    Hoarse voice- meds or sinister?

    36 without any history of smoking or drinking would make for a very unlikely case of cancer in that area. The best thing to do is an appointment with a ENT who will perform an endocsopy by introducing a camera into your throat and check it along with your vocal cords. It's no more than a 10 minutes routine test and you'll be given the all clear after it's done.
  17. Angelica Schuyler

    Very anxious and scared

    That's the worst part of anxiety, isn't it? That your brain never takes anything at face value and always jumps to the worst possible outcome. I'm sure your doctor was just keeping you informed and staying one step ahead "just in case" - that's how doctors roll. But the anxious mind can't grasp that and we always end up down that spiral. Waiting is always scary, but we're here to listen and offer as much support and logic as we can. Come back to this thread to update or just to talk. There are always folks around.
  18. jartist

    Skin Reactions - Bugs or Something Else?

    @Angelica Schuyler I did. For me it turned out to be a flea infestation. Do you have any animals? My anxiety did seem to make it worse because I started to feel itchy all over once I noticed the bumps and was really focused on the bumps. We had an exterminator come into spray and after a week the bites stopped. If you don't have animals, and otherwise there are no signs of bedbugs (you'd definitely see signs if you have bed bugs), I'd chalk it up to anxiety. Maybe the move set it off, since that's a big change?
  19. ZenCube

    I'm totally freaking out

    Brain tunours don't make your ear hurt. They very rarely impair your hearing unless it's a neurinoma, which is rare and benign. Presentation is a change in mood / behaviour, morning headaches coming with nausea, one side limb of facial paralysis, loss of balance, sometimes scotomas... Well, in a nutshell nothing you describe. Don't worry and let your daughter get rid of that ear infection. Like said by a previous poster, they take some time to go.
  20. I’ve noticed I have an on / off hoarse voice these last few weeks. I’ve icreased my klonapin slightly and it’s listed as a possible side effect but how do I know I don’t have larangeal cancer? What are the stats for that at 36 female never drink or smoke?
  21. jartist

    Very anxious and scared

    @Angelica Schuyler thank you so much for the reply. The doctor had said at the initial appointment that if my second x ray wasn't different, he would send me for a CT. Which of course I was freaked out by that comment wondering if he had already anticipated my needing a CT scan. It's just ridiculous the way my brain interprets situations and immediately assumes the worst. I'm frustrated with myself, I'm scared and this wait has me on edge. I will try to repeat to myself that I shouldn't worry until there is reason to. I hope it's OK if I update here with the findings tomorrow.
  22. MARC

    I'm totally freaking out

    Ear infections can be tough and take time to go away. I remember my daughter who is 28 now had a number of them too and she was fine. Ear infections have nothing to do with a brain tumor so I would try not to worry.
  23. Angelica Schuyler

    Son's surgery in 2 days...

    OMG, @Jae, what a wreck you must have been! I'm so glad that your son's results came back clean and you can all rest easily. I agree with @AndrewF that watching a child go through illness and procedures is so much worse than watching an adult, especially when the child is your own. I remember the primal scream my mother unleashed when she found out I had cancer and could die. I've never heard anything like it since.
  24. AnneBoleyn

    I'm totally freaking out

    So my daughter last week was diagnosed with a double ear infection. She's been on antibiotics for almost 10 days. She is still says sometimes her ear hurts and I feel like she can't always hear me. I'm repeating myself to her constantly. I'm afraid she has a brain tumor. I'm totally freaking out.
  25. Angelica Schuyler

    Very anxious and scared

    Hang in there, @jartist. My mom had lung cancer and I had metastatic nodules on my lungs from lymphoma. Tumors have a distinct look and doctors know exactly what that look is. If they thought for one moment that you had cancer, you would have been sent for a CT scan for confirmation. This is to see if your pneumonia has cleared, and that can take a little bit if time. There is nothing to worry about until your doctor says there’s something to worry about.
  26. Skully

    Panic, and so so tired

    Hello, I am new here also and wanted to see if you found anything helpful? I was in fitness room last week and almost passed out. Takes me a while to bounce back. Hope you are doing better ! Skully
  27. jartist

    Very anxious and scared

    The x ray is tomorrow morning and I'm so consumed with worry I can't eat, I'm trembling and my stomach is churning. I hate this so much.
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