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  1. Yes, those are palpitations and can be completely related to anxiety and stress. I have had them on and off for many, many years. If they keep happening it's probably worth discussing with your doctor, but if it's a once-in-a-while thing I would not really worry, especially if it co-occurs during a high anxiety cycle.
  2. Ugh, my son has had swollen nodes on the back of his head for a week now and I ran him to urgent care the other day after he had a pretty high fever of 102.7. I always think the worst and I am trying to work on that but it's so not easy when it comes to kids. Where is your son's lymph node and how old is he? Thanks so much for posting...it's nice knowing you're not alone.
  3. Hey all, I am very curious to know how those of you with children deal anxiety over their health when you are in a high anxiety phase. I am trying so hard not to impose my health anxiety onto my children but I am not doing such a good job. I don't want to constantly run to the doctor with my kids as I do not want to be seen as insane by my kid's doctors. Any advice for me? Thanks in advance!
  4. Yes, but not because of "variants" but because no vaccine is 100 percent effective.
  5. Not all people get cancer but all people do die from something, hearts giving out, etc. I have never in my life heard of gallstones causing cancer and I am definitely not going to Google that!
  6. First of all, I hate, hate, HATE, that I am writing on here with yet another worry. I know it is a true sign of anxiety when you jump from disease to disease but right now I am freaking out. ANY advice/comforting words would be appreciated. A solid year ago I woke up one morning and noticed that I had bulging on the outside of my left upper eyelid. I soon realized that there was a moveable lump under there that I could literally push into the eye socket and then it would pop back out. My cousin works for an ophthalmology office and I sent her a picture and she asked a doctor, who said it did not look emergent and it could wait until after the pandemic. It doesn't cause me any other symptoms and so I put it into the back of my mind until this past few weeks when I have been worrying bout everything else and remembered about this. I am on a mission to take care of all of the crap that I have been putting off since having kids so I made an eye appointment and figured I would deal with this finally. Well I soooo stupidly Googled and found terrible things. I really deep down think what is going on is a prolapsed lacrimal gland but all these terrible things about tumors come up, etc. According to the Google, lacrimal gland tumors have an incidence of 1 out of a million in the USA and it could be caused by sooooo many other things but now I am TWEAKING OUT. If I had cancer, even if it were a slow growing one, would I have other symptoms by now? Would it still be mobile? Would it have grown even a little? Thanks so much everyone.....
  7. I also had separation anxiety as a child. I distinctly remember my mother, who was an RN, leaving to do the overnight shift and I would have a meltdown. I cannot quite remember how old I was at the time but it was intense and neither my mom nor dad knew how to help me. By chance, has your son been doing school remotely and now has to return to the school for in-person learning? I think a lot of kids are having difficulty with this transition.
  8. I'm happy to report that my PCP spoke to the radiologist who said a biopsy is NOT warranted. She said watch the size and if it gets bigger another ultrasound could be in order. It's already shrunk since I saw her so I am trying my best to move on until the next freak out! J/K (hopefully).
  9. So true! It's allergy season where I am and my ears have been popping like mad!
  10. Oh man, this worry might be the worst of all health worries, right? So many of us have been there and so many of us are still here kickin' it. I have had this fear more than one time. I had months of body-wide twitching during my first walk down that road and I still have some to this day (9 or so years later). Something that has always helped me is this site and AboutBFS. There are thousands of people just like you who twitch because of anxiety or perhaps a vitamin deficiency or electrolyte deficiency or something that is very much not ALS. It feels so hypocritical to be telling you not to worry when I am experiencing my own, probably exaggerated symptoms, but I love that we are here to support one another. I am reading a book right now which was recommended by my therapist called The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It by David Carbonell, PhD. I cannot say if it has helped me miraculously as I am still in the beginning of the book but I am hopeful it will help me work on a better relationship with the pervasive worry that I experience on a daily basis. It's worth a try, eh? You're okay, I'm okay, we're all okay!
  11. Yeah, so I actually called yesterday and requested a telehealth visit with her. Essentially she said she wanted it "just to be safe." I questioned her regarding the size and she agreed that it's tiny. They did the ultrasound on both my occipital region and cervical and the ultrasound did say I have a reactive looking node in the cervical region, but said not suspicious. She was harping on the fact that it did not specify "not suspicious" regarding the occipital node. I asked her if it would usually say if it WAS suspicious and she said yes. I also pointed out that both area's nodes used the same terminology, pointing to benign. She said she would call the radiologist and ask so I left it at that. Unless the radiologist comes back with something unexpected, I am going to decline the biopsy. I freaked out all weekend but have since calmed down a bit. Thank you so much to everyone for their contributions. This place is invaluable when you are on the brink of sheer panic!
  12. First of all, I would tell you not to Google, but I am so fricken guilty of that it's not even funny. You know Googling is bad! I am sure you are just thinking about your eating/chewing/swallowing and when you're hyper focused on something you tend to slip up. I was having a scare a while back and kept inhaling food and water and when my anxiety calmed down, and i stopped thinking about it, it stopped happening. When we focus on our bodily functions that we usually don't think about it, it becomes not automatic anymore. I am sure you're okay!
  13. So she responded that she suggests I have the biopsy. I asked to do a telehealth visit so that we can discuss it further and she said yes, it'll be easier if we can see each other face to face. I'm very concerned. I do not know how I am going to make it through the weekend honestly.
  14. Yes, diarrhea can hang on for a longggg time after a bug! Pre/pro-biotics are a must have after a bug or during anti-biotics because your good bacteria gets all jacked up. Kefir is a really good option or a good supplement or pill. Glad you're feeling better!
  15. Hi @Bobnnat Thank you so very much for your reply! It really helped me get through last night. I had my ultrasound this morning and thought it would take days to get the results but I already have them. Here is what it says:There is a 4 x 4 x 3 mm ovoid shaped, hypoechoic lymph node with fatty echogenic hilum at the area of concern in the left occipital region subcutaneous regions as indicated by the patient.My doctor says that there was a small node and that they did not say it was suspicious. Then she asked ME if I wanted a biopsy. Don't you think that should be her decision? I am not sure what to do or where to go at this point. I am seriously freaking out.