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  1. I’m convinced I have melanoma, nodular deadly form called Amelanotic melanoma. I’ve called 3 dermatology offices to get it looked and and no one can see me till June/ July 😫 It’s been there for over a month. At first I just thought it was some kind of zit so I picked at it but it has since grown back. I know it sounds ridiculous but I feel very anxious about it. Esp. since it’s raised. I looked it up and found that a nodual melanoma they are the most deadly and many melanomas can be pink or red. I guess I’ll just wait for an appointment or cancellation . 😫 I don’t think it’s a dermafibroma because it doesn’t dimple when I pinch it
  2. What is the incidence of ALS in a 36 yo female with no family history? Trying NOT to go there, but today I felt a twing in my hip and felt like my legs was gonna give out. Kinda like a week in the knees feeling. Then I tried to balance on my left foot compared to my right and was WAY more stable on my right. I've had hip and groin pain for a few months. Occurred to me today that maybe this is all ALS...
  3. My Dr. is switching me from 175 Zoloft to 80mg Prozac due to health OCD. I've been on zoloft over 10 years and it's just not doing the job anymore. So out comes the health OCD as I taper.... I'm terrified of Serotonin Syndrome! He reassured me he has been doing this 26 years and he has no concerns and that the OTHER option to switch way is for me to wean totally off zoloft which would NOT be good for my state of mind... So this is the plan: Drop Zoloft by 50 mg each week while adding 20mg of prozac........ Today is day 1 and 4 hours in I feel fine, does that even mean anything? Haha Week 1- 125z, 20p Week 2- 75z, 40p Week 3- 25z, 60p Week 4- 80 p Has anyone cross tapered like this? Any reassurance would be especially helpful!
  4. Take a test now. If you have missed your period already then it would likely show up. It may give you some peace of mind. Stay calm. A surprise baby was one of my greatest blessings.
  5. Yep. SO many people have said "but I've never had allergies" and it's crushing them. We are in an allergy season like no other. Go on to and put in your zip code. Then you can click on history and see how it's been super high in your area. I have "heard" so this is NOT medical advice that allergy meds can dry the throat more.
  6. Thanks for replying. What is your sister doing about it- her doctor told her this?
  7. If they thought for a SECOND they could be missing an ALS diagnosis they would be all over it. Her indifference seems telling.
  8. Are you living in a high allergy area? My whole family has very sore throats thanks to the crazy pollen.
  9. Okay so for the past few months I've had a hard time. Comes and goes in waves but this week has been health anxiety hell. First my face is a tingly, buzzing mess. More when I notice but off and on for several days. Called and Dr. said "sounds very benign" and I can wait it out before coming in. He knows about my anxiety. (I posted about this a few days ago and sadly did not get much feedback but that is okay). I finally start to accept my face is what it is when I wake up this morning with the toe next to my pinky toe NUMB, totally fuzzy tingling like novacain wearing off. That's it. I'm doomed and it's MS or another neuro-nasty. Please, what could cause this in the morning? I have been wearing comfortable, but new-ish shoes and sometimes at the end of the day one foot swells and gets a little tight but why would that cause numbness after 8 hours of taking them off? Since I've been up and walking around its more intermittent. Does this sound unrelated to my other issues? My therapist, my parents, husband, etc. all say this is in my head (or I'm over-focusing) and that I DO NOT need to see a neurologist. Even if I do and I get the all clear, it would just be something else again. This nasty health anxiety is a beast. Please, please help me be rational that my little toe is not the end of my life. That coupled with other vague tingly symptoms does not mean anything serious. Are there any perfectly benign reasons behind this besides anxiety? As I think more about it, I can feel tingles that come and go in both legs... that I can attribute to anxiety and accept that but the numb toe and facial creepies are causing me distress. Could this be hormones (on my period), shoes, heightened anxiety, klonapin/Zoloft meds, nothing? I see my therapist weekly. Doing a lot of CBT work and I'm trying HARD. Fell asleep praying last night. Have appointment with new psy. dr. in early May.
  10. I have a 9 year old and 7 year old. It's SPRING! They are outside at recess everyday and playing like kids should! I took 9 YO in once for a crazy amount of bruising on her shins and you know what the dr said? "This shows a very active healthy little one! I worry about a kid who has NO bruises on their legs b/c that means they are not outside playing and having a ball!" Also DR said that they bruising they worry about it not so much on legs... it would be everywhere and in places that don't typically bruise without explanation. Think about how many bruises on arms and legs a kid could get on school playground equipment.. they are climbing, crawling up and down slides, etc. etc. Think about their PE class, those hard floors they are exercising on. My kids get double bruising in spring time. More shorts, more outdoor play, etc. If the bruising gets severe and in strange places like stomach, face, back, etc and she is not eating, getting sick, getting fevers or if you need peace of mind take her in. Don't be surprised if they offer to run a CBC/blood panel for peace of mind. Protocol. My daughter had one as the Dr left it up to me.....and she screamed and cried and it was so upsetting. Came back 100% normal and I now regret putting her through that for MY peace of mind Stay calm
  11. Any update on Kindra? Hope all is well!
  12. Hi any chance you are in US? East coast? Would love to find a neurologist and MRI center as great as you said yours was.
  13. True, to be 100% sure I guess a test would be needed. Don't you think neurologists can give some certainly based on clinical experience? 99% sure you don't have a tumor/MS.
  14. I have read a lot of posts in which people go to the neurologist, the neurologist tells them they are okay but will offer testing in case. I didn't realize that they could make money off it! That's sad and alarming
  15. I have a serious fear of a brain MRI. Yet, I also feel that seeing a good neurologist would really help me with some of my symptoms/fears (BT/MS thoughts- fatigue, faint feeling, tingling on face, buzzing sensation on face, other skin sensations on leg occasionally). So my question is this.... In your experience, did your neurologist order testing? Did anyone's offer education/reassurance and NOT order testing? Does going to a neurologist mean they will test you just to "be safe/ cover themselves"? I would love to be able to sit down and really delve into my history and my recent and past symptoms. Have a physical exam and walk out the door feeling reassured and relieved. I cannot predict the future, however. I avoid the appointment for fears of "well lets just run this test for peace of mind". That would send me into such a state I would be unable to function. Every medical test I have had has shown some sort of incidental finding that is usually of no concern but either needs to be followed or not and it haunts me and spikes anxiety. So if medical testing is not absolutely ness, then I dont want it. Learned that the hard way.