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  1. Thanks amazing news!!! I’m just so worried because melanoma can be deadly 😭
  2. You’re right. I guess I’m so scared because melanoma is the deadliest most serious form of skin cancer. you’re definitely correct about the what ifs 😭 I hate anxiety.
  3. My brain (I hate it sometimes) is playing out this horrible scenario where either melanoma pops up in the spot I had the mole removed from, ior somewhere else before my next visit in a year. And by then It’ll be stage 3-4 and I’ll be screwed. Since I had an atypical mole I was told I’m at an increased risk of getting melanoma so to me that says I’ll get it soon
  4. Thank you. But was there skin cancer melanoma? That’s what mine could have turned into. I’d take basal cell any day over melanoma. have you had yours biopsied?
  5. I had my yearly skin check last month and for the first time ever I had to have a biopsy. It came back as moderately atypical and she said since it had clear margins that I didn’t need to do anything else. Just follow up in a year. I’m TERRIFIED that now I’m going to get melanoma. I know it can increase your chances. I’m literally sick to my stomach over it. Idk what to do. I’m scared since they only did a shave and not a punch, maybe they didn’t actually get it all. I feel like I need 3 or 6 month checkups, not a year. I’m so scared I’m going to get melanoma before my next visit and die. I can’t even function now I’m so terrified
  6. Did they do a punch or shave? I’m in this boat now. I had mine removed and it was moderately atypical. I’m still a mess even though they got clear margins. How often do you have to go back for checkups?
  7. I’m going in for an echo tomorrow and am terrified of what they will find. Also my left calf and ankle are swollen tonight so I’m really freaking out now
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    Mine ended up not being cancer 😊
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    I’m hoping If mine is melanoma, it’s in-situ as well and hasn’t been spreading over the last year.
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    Yes. I’m still using the petroleum jelly and band aids. Still obsessively checking the portal too lol
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    I went for my annual skin check at my derm on Thursday. She found a spot she wanted to biopsy. It was on my side and I guess I never really paid attention to it because I get skin checks annually and am always fine. She took a pic of it and showed me. It was jagged and brown with some black in the middle . I have to wait up to two weeks for results and I’m trying so hard not to freak out. has anyone had any melanoma scares before? I’m HOPING that since I was clear last year, it won’t be too bad if it is melanoma, although I read it can spread pretty quickly.
  12. Did she need surgery? What did her dr say about it?
  13. Thank you for replying. My blood pressure is always great, my cholesterol levels are great, I have no edema, no sob, my dr said I have no murmur. I have zero symptoms but I’m still quite terrified of what may be going on inside my heart. Despite that, your reply was assuring and I thank you again.
  14. Back in 2011 I had an ekg and it read possibly abnormal so I went for an echo. I was told the echo was normal and that was the end of it. I went on about my life. fast forward to recently when I got bored and decided to go looking through my health portal and read all of the tests I’ve ever had done. I opened my echo and read it. It definitely said normal, but it also said I had trace regurgitation and mild thickening of the mitral valve. So of course I freaked out. I’ve been having palpitations due to anxiety so I went to the dr and had an ekg. It was fine. I showed her my report of my echo and she said that everyone has regurgitation and while she wouldn’t have labeled the mild thickening as necessarily normal, she doesn’t think it warrants wasting money on another echo because I have no symptoms of heart disease. I’m trying to take her at her word and not worry about it, but it’s so hard. has anyone else had this show up on an echo and been ok? Or do you know anyone with heart disease and are the symptoms really obvious?
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    EMG results

    I’ve been dealing with intermittent tingling in my left arm and leg for about 15 months or so (had previously dealt with left leg tingling back in 2013 which cleared up after PT) last year I went to my Dr requesting an MRI but she said due to it being my arm and leg that i would need an emg first. So I had that done in December (by that time my symptoms had subsided) and my emg showed a “sacral nerve root lesion”. The Dr preforming the test said that they are common and many people go about their daily lives with no issues. I still freaked out and called my dr who said that it was nothing to worry about. Nothing more came of it, she didn’t request an mri or anything. My symptoms came back last month after I decided I wanted to attempt jogging. Since my symptoms are back, I’m becoming obsessed with them and I am freaking out about the lesion that is on my nerve root. I started googling it (bad, I know) and when I Google it, the only thing that pops up is a tarlov cyst. It claims to not be life threatening, but I can’t help but worry that I will still end up paralyzed eventually. does anyone have any experience with the leg tingling? It’s mainly in the left but does go in to the right side at times. Same with my arms. (Also to my knowledge, Anything involving the lower back shouldn’t affect the upper extremities) my symptoms seem to last for several weeks before they will finally disappear. Any insight would be appreciated!
  16. Hey all! does anyone else deal with right upper quadrant pain (ache, general discomfort) and not have a gallbladder? I’ve had it off and on for over 10 years, and when I had my gallbladder checked out it just showed “sludge” no actual stones. So they told me I could have it taken out if I chose to. I did that back in 2012 but the pain still comes and goes. It’s rarely an actual pain, although I do get a random sharp pain in the area. It’s usually just an ache-type feeling. Since my gallbladder was gone I started to focus on my liver, but all of my labs and ultrasounds are always good. Most recent being in April. I’m just curious if anyone else deals with this and has any idea what might cause it? I’d definitely feel better knowing I’m not alone. My mind continues to wander to things like colon cancer and bile duct cancer. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.
  17. Paps don’t detect ovarian cancer though. I haven’t had an ultrasound on my ovaries in over a year.
  18. This is probably my 50th time thinking I have Ovarian cancer, but this time it really feels different (as everyone with health anxiety tends to say) I just turned 41 but for YEARS I’ve had the worst periods. Very long and heavy and painful. My old gyn would never listen to me. I will also randomly get spotting after sex (although not often) and I get a feeling of fullness or heaviness in my pelvic area often. I have went to the gyn for that several times over the years and she would usually order me an ultrasound. They always came back fine, except for some cysts that resolved on their own. However, this month when I ovulated, the ovulation pain didn’t go away. It feels like it traveled into my groin area, mainly on the right side but I also feel it on the left on occasion. It’s going down to my thighs and my lower abdomen and lower back are also hurting. Ovulation has been over for 3 weeks now, I’ve already had my period as well, but the pain and discomfort is still there. It feels like my uterus is sore, would be the only way I know how to describe it, but like I said it goes into my groin and thighs as well. It’s fairly constant, but does let up from time to time. I have an appt with my new gyn on the 14th of this month, but in the meantime I’m really freaking out I have cancer. I did just have my pap in September, which was fine, but I also know that the pap doesn’t detect all cancers. Im trying really hard to not let this take over my life but I can’t shake the worry that something is going on.
  19. Ok thank you. I know everyone is different but it is reassuring to hear that and know that you didn’t have any long term effects.
  20. Did you drink everyday? And for how long?
  21. I agree and I am trying to not drink anymore. I have a vacay planned for Nashville later this week and I’ve been telling myself daily I am going to not even have one single drink. Usually I go all out when I’m there. Cutting out alcohol completely seems much harder for me than quitting smoking was. I stopped cold turkey 11 years ago no problem. I just have so much anxiety that maybe my labs didn’t pick something up and im still doomed for problems regardless of me not drinking anymore.
  22. Hey all so I have this nagging fear that I have developed either cirrhosis or liver disease. I have had right upper quadrant discomfort off and on for at least 12 years or more. I’ve had my gallbladder removed but that didn’t help. My blood work always comes back fine (last drawn in March) I’ve had numerous ultrasounds that are fine (last one was 3 years ago though) and I have had a CT in late 2018 and again in late 2019. All fine. however I’m very scared something is wrong. I don’t drink but maybe once a week or once every two weeks, but when I do I have more than I should. Anywhere from like 4-8 drinks if I’m drinking beer, and if I’m drinking wine it’s around 3-4 glasses. ive read from people online that they had cirrhosis and their labs always came back fine so they didn’t know they were damaging their livers until it was too late. I don’t wanna keep going to the dr, I was just there in March for my heart and I’m more than certain I annoy her when I come in.
  23. Well I definitely think I aggravated my back at my job but I think MAYBE the symptoms aren’t as elaborate as I think they are. I think I may be focusing on them and making them worse. But idk for sure. It’s just very worrisome and of course my anxiety makes me think the worst and I’m so worried I’m going to end up not being able to walk anymore
  24. I’ve been going to the chiropractor for what I assumed was a sciatica flare and so far it’s not helping. I’ve been 4 times I believe. I haven’t had very much pain at all, very minimal. It’s mainly a tingling sensation. It was just in my left leg and foot, but now it goes into my right as well. It also is in both of my arms and hands AND I get a twitch on the right side of my face. I’m starting to think it may be anxiety related. Does anyone else experience this? I religiously do the stretches I’m supposed to do and have been avoiding what I’m supposed to avoid. But yet my symptoms seem to keep piling up. I just started back on my anxiety medicine almost 4 weeks ago, and that’s about the time I started having the tingling in one leg. Part of me is very concerned that I have something legitimately wrong with me but another part of me is becoming convinced that it’s all in my head and that if I would stop focusing on it, it would go away.