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by hospitalphobic on Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:00 AM

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hi there i wonder can any one help me my 16 year old son vivsited the doctor about 12 weeks ago with a swollen neck sever fatigue and sore throat he also had a rash (not to be confused with that of menengitus or a viral rash) our gp had a look said it was glands and he properbly had a throat infection but due to a family history of cancer she took some blood test to which the results were lost he has since complained of a stiff neck pain in his ears and constant headaces so after fighting for a week for an appointment we get one with the gp she spots his swollen neck as soon as he walks in and decides she doesnt like the look of it and agrees it has gone in size she insists that he have immediate blood tests and books him in for test for today. on leaving the surgery she requires a contact number from us which she explained as updating the system so we gave it happily. after being home for about an hour she calls and says shes made an appointment for him next week to see an oral surgeon. she claims she is confident that its a cyst and would like it removed but will need to do tests at the hospital. i have taken all the information on board but am concerned that the NHS does not usually work this fast.  Is this normal for blood tests to be taken and do you see a surgeon as quickly as this the following day it was confirmed in writting that this appointment is for next week. in our area youd be luck to gey an appointment this year let alone in a weeks time. should i be concerned  what questions to i need to ask and why is this being rushed.  many people have said this is a bad sign and have made me more uneasy than i already am.the general issue everyone has is he is very young to have a cyst and my husband passed away from luekemia and his syptoms are pretty much the same as my sons is this just a  case of people reading something into the situation or are they rightb  has any body got some advice and reassurance for me.    many thanks if you have

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by jcr65566 on Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:00 AM

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On 11/10/2008 hospitalphobic wrote:

hi there i wonder can any one help me my 16 year old son vivsited the doctor about 12 weeks ago with a swollen neck sever fatigue and sore throat he also had a rash (not to be confused with that of menengitus or a viral rash) our gp had a look said it was glands and he properbly had a throat infection but due to a family history of cancer she took some blood test to which the results were lost he has since complained of a stiff neck pain in his ears and constant headaces so after fighting for a week for an appointment we get one with the gp she spots his swollen neck as soon as he walks in and decides she doesnt like the look of it and agrees it has gone in size she insists that he have immediate blood tests and books him in for test for today. on leaving the surgery she requires a contact number from us which she explained as updating the system so we gave it happily. after being home for about an hour she calls and says shes made an appointment for him next week to see an oral surgeon. she claims she is confident that its a cyst and would like it removed but will need to do tests at the hospital. i have taken all the information on board but am concerned that the NHS does not usually work this fast.  Is this normal for blood tests to be taken and do you see a surgeon as quickly as this the following day it was confirmed in writting that this appointment is for next week. in our area youd be luck to gey an appointment this year let alone in a weeks time. should i be concerned  what questions to i need to ask and why is this being rushed.  many people have said this is a bad sign and have made me more uneasy than i already am.the general issue everyone has is he is very young to have a cyst and my husband passed away from luekemia and his syptoms are pretty much the same as my sons is this just a  case of people reading something into the situation or are they rightb  has any body got some advice and reassurance for me.    many thanks if you have


Hi sorry for what your going though but (I might be wrong) but it sounds like thyroid hormone deficiency I know In some areas of the world where iodine is lacking in the diet, the thyroid gland can be considerably enlarged, resulting in the swollen necks of endemic goitre. I also know children with thyroid hormone deficiency are treated by supplementation with synthetic thyroxin, a blood test will know for sure what ever the out come, it might be sound to give him a vitamin and mineral supplement each day to build him up a bit hope this helps Ray

 

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