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by crimsonecho on Wed Dec 14, 2011 07:56 AM
Since about July I've been losing weight fairly rapidly. I was around 115-120 pounds at the beginning of July and now I'm around 93-95 pounds. I understand this could be just a loss of baby fat, as I'm almost 18 years old, so I could just be being a paranoid child!This weight loss didn't really concern me until recently. About a month ago I noticed a fairly small lump under my armpit, which didn't really seem like that big of a deal until, of course, I noticed it changing in size. It stopped getting larger for a little while, but I've noticed just today that it's gotten a little bigger (not horrifyingly, but still noticeably). After these ones had appeared, about a week and a half ago I believe, I started to notice a few lumps near my groin area. There's one on each side, not quite symmetrically placed. They're a little more startling, because they've gotten noticeably bigger over just the past few days.
I've also noticed that I'm constantly itchy. I don't know if this is really related at all, but I figured I'd throw it in here because it's not normal for me.
I only posted this in the lymphoma forum because I'm just guessing that the lumps are lymph nodes, and people in this forum might have some good information as to what might be going on and what I should do!
I, personally, am not overly worried. I think I'll be fine if I just wait it out. It's everyone else around me that knows about this who's worried. For their sake, I figured I'd check around the internet (I prefer to avoid doctors).
So... I guess, thanks for reading and if you have anything that will lead me in the right direction, please let me know!
by fxrchopper2003 on Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:07 PM
Go to the doctor.........You are Your Best Advocate! Ask if you can have a CT, along with Needle Aspiration/Biopsy. At least labs, ie..cbc with differential, sed rate, electropheresis, and so on...but the doctor will follow up for swollen lymphnodes. Doesn't always have to be lymphoma, could be melanoma! Let the doctor figure it out after test are completed!
by Abbala on Sat Dec 24, 2011 09:01 PM
Losing weight is not a good sign, so pay attention, esp. if you are not dieting. Any suspicious lumps or bumps must be checked out with either an ultrasound, CT scan, and/or a biopsy. Never mind if you are just 18 years old because cancer doesn't care about your age. Itching skin is one of the symptoms of lymphoma, so is weight loss, so is suspicious lumps. Night sweats are also a symptom. Get a check up with your family doctor. Don't wait!
by benjyk on Wed Dec 28, 2011 03:04 AM
You must be a little worried if you are asking for advice. The only way to be sure is to go see your doctor ASAP. If the lumps have gotting bigger in just a couple of days and are sore it could be just a infection and you could need a antibiotic, but why try and speculate see your doctor.
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