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  1. Ihadcancer

    Tetanus from minor scrape?

    Tetanus is found mainly in soil containing infected feces. You probably pinched your skin while sliding your hand.
  2. Ihadcancer

    No anxiety for years and now little stuff

    Thanks Mollyfin. I KNOW that and wasn't horribly worried that it was, but that's always the first thing that comes to mind after I read about it here several years ago. Last night I woke at 11:30, 1, 2, 3, 4:30, 6 and the dogs woke me at 8. My head is pounding and my vertigo is pretty bad. I took my decongestant at 6 and some aspirin just now. Our pollen count is already high. I sure need some rest! I'll try to nap today and after church tomorrow. I've only slept through the night once since before Christmas. First we had everyone here for the holidays and I was so excited, happy, busy. Then she came and when she can't sleep, no one can sleep. I'm making sure I watch only cute things on TV before bed. She called 2 nights right before my bedtime. I have NOT called her.
  3. Ihadcancer

    Back on the sepsis train

    The brain has no nerve endings for pain. Have you not seen TV shows where they operate on the brain while the patient is awake? Headaches are caused by swelling if there is infection, but usually muscle stress.
  4. Ihadcancer

    Flesh eating bacteria scare

    Blood Cultures take up to 5 days to come back. There is Sepsis Septic Septic Shock None of them are like the stomach flu.
  5. Ihadcancer

    Flesh eating bacteria scare

    Good Grief! It would be easier if you told us what is NOT wrong with you! Tape ....... If I have tape or a bandaid on my skin, within 24 hours I break out and it itches like crazy. I can even get blisters if it was something that had to be bandaged for more than an hour or so. Many people react to the glue on tape and bandaids. If you had sepsis, you'd be very ill by now. My husband has had it twice. Once from a lung infection and the other a bladder infection. He has COPD from asbestos exposure and he has been unable to urinate for 37 years so has to cath himself. It's not a fever if your temp isn't over 100.4. Former cancer patient (twice) and that is a known fact. You're spending way too much time fixating on your body. Most of it all sounds like anxiety to me.
  6. Ihadcancer

    I need someone to help me be rational

    What do you have that you need such a strong medicine? The FDA recommends it as a last resort medication only. Diane
  7. Ihadcancer

    No anxiety for years and now little stuff

    Penny, I can't tell you what a godsend you've been today! Imagine us going through the same thing. It helps to know someone else is able to KNOW what I'm going through. Dermatofibroma. I had one on the back of a leg after hiking in the mountains about 40 years ago. It would get angry if I wore boots that hit me in the spot. The derm removed it about 2 years ago. I looked at the biopsy spot when I showered and the wound is smaller than an eraser so the thing had to be even smaller. Thank you so much for sharing! You've made me feel a lot less crazy! Diane
  8. Ihadcancer

    Clonazepam on backorder

    I would. I signed up for FDA updates since my husband is on so many medications and some have been pulled due to contamination. I've seen no concerns with Clonezepam. My new primary, since I've been released by my oncologist, refuses to give me scripts so I have to see a second doctor several times a year for that.
  9. I've been anxiety free or able to reason with myself for quite a while (year? years?) but then my mother came to live with us for over a month. By time she went back home, I was worrying about little things but also having upper lip twitching twice one day during sleep, clinching my teeth, nightmares EVERY night, waking up repeatedly and starting to think small things are deadly things. I found a new bump on the back of my leg while putting on stockings so went to the derm to have it checked. I told her my mind was going to 'nodular melanoma' and I knew that it didn't look anything like those but she said 'Oh I wouldn't think NM. Maybe SCC or Basal Cell, but not nodular melanoma'. She biopsied it and they don't call for 2 weeks or longer. Today I have googled for a good 45 minutes and think it's a dermatofibroma. I had one for years on the other leg and it would flare up and get sore so had it removed. I have one on the back of my arm just above the elbow, but it's skin colored. I didn't think about that when I saw the bump. It seemed to just be there all of a sudden. So, solitary smooth bump. Not shiny or flaky. No rolled borders. About the size of a pencil eraser (I didn't measure) and no itch or pain. Dull pink color. Nothing that would shout 'rare skin cancers' or even SCC or BCC to me, but it's all I can think of today. Hope everyone is doing well!
  10. Ihadcancer

    Clonazepam on backorder

    I stopped checking brands. I've had to change pharmacies several times when they were out of stock but I've had no concerns with any of the brands. I've been taking .5 for many years and it's been a real blessing.
  11. Ihadcancer

    Creatinine level low- muscle loss?

    Creatinine levels can be 'wrong' if the tourniquet is too tight or put on too long before the blood is drawn or not released as soon as the blood flow begins. Also, it's always low in people who eat more veggies than proteins from meat.
  12. Ihadcancer

    Small bump on back of the head

    Actually this was probably a slightly enlarged lymph node. I had no idea they were located in that area until one of my boys had very bad dandruff (seborrhea dermatitis) when he was in puberty. While checking the yellow flakes on his scalp, I found a pea sized lump right where you described. This was prior to my health anxiety so I made an appointment for the derm and he showed me where they were located and also a chart that showed those enlarge when there is a scalp condition or throat, and not brain, ear, sinus, etc. He told me they usually never go back to their original size after enlarging but once we cleared up the dermatitis, the bump(s) went away.
  13. Ihadcancer

    Blood in Urine Update Confused

    I'm surprised they're doing a CT scan. An MRI is much better for anything below the lungs. I had a special MRI for my kidneys and bladder. The only difference was an RN gave me Atropine prior to the MRI so it had to be done in the imaging center inside the hospital. It showed all my female parts, too. It had a different name than abdominal MRI. They did it the same time as my other MRI, just took 2 hours instead of one. No big deal.
  14. Ihadcancer

    Blood in Urine Update Confused

    Not anxiety, but friction from walking, marching, bike riding, exercise, etc. Especially near or after menopause, the tissue in all that area thins and the slightest thing can cause blood vessels to break AND blood blisters! I was wiping myself and felt a pinkie tip sized bump through the paper. It burst and bled like CRAZY. Blood blisters are super common in women after menopause and increase with age. If the bleeding doesn't stop, they'll cauterize it, but I've had 2 now and they bled like wild for a couple of minutes and then stopped. I was gentle for a few days and felt sure it was from friction during a long walk on uneven surfaces. I did look it up and it said 'no big deal, very common, etc.' Yoga pants, tight pants, tight undies, pads.......... friction from being overweight, sitting too long......... the list goes on. My urologist said when we pee in a cup at the doctor's office, the urine runs over the aging tissue and picks up red cells causing it to appear that there is an infection. He always insists on cultures.
  15. I went to an ent otolaryngologist for 2 small nodules on one side and a fluid filled cyst on the front / side of the gland. He had me have the cyst drained by a radiologist during an ultrasound at the hospital across the street from his office. The pathologist was in the room and I was told immediately that the cyst was benign. Now don't kick yourself over this! My ent said we'll scan one more time next June and if the nodules haven't grown, we'll ignore them unless I can see/ feel them. He said during med school that when they used donated bodies, over 90% that had no notations of thyroid nodules on their charts HAD benign nodules. 50% of people over 50 are known to have nodules. My nodules were noted on a CT scan and I was told an ultrasound was better for dx. I am hypothyroid. My aunt had thyroid cancer at a young age and it was found by accident. They removed her thyroid and she takes levothyroxine daily with no spread or recurrence. She has Sjogren's Syndrome and Sclerodoma, RA and now some concerns caused by the years and years of Sjogren's.