Thank you all for being so friendly on this board. I have read through many posts and you all seem so supportive.
I will try to keep this short. About a year ago I noticed my left arm pit felt swollen and lumpy. I mentioned this to my gynecologist at the time but he didn't really even look. I ended up having some female issues - cysts on ovary, fibroids on uterus and an enlarged uterus - so I had a total hysterectomy. This was November 2009.
About 6 months ago, my under arm felt more swollen, I began to have pain in the middle of my chest that radiated out to my back. I felt extremely tired and fatigued and nauseous. So I went to my regular doctor who is also a DO (think that is the right letters?). She said she thought my underarm was swollen from my pectoral muscle being inflammed. She said she thought I had a slipped rib and did an adjustment on my spine. I didn't really feel any better after this. Shortly after this, I noticed my shoulder, just at the base of my neck and extending towards my shoulder is swollen and kind of achey. My collar bone hurts. So I waited a couple of months and called back but she was on vacation. I ended up seeing another doctor. He didn't even hardly look at me and prescribed muscle relaxers. Tried these for a few days and nothing happened except all I wanted to do was sleep because I was so drugged up.
About a month and a half ago, I got really sick to my stomach and had chronic non-stop diarreah (sp?) for over a week. Ended up severely dehydrated and in the ER. They did blood tests and an xray but nothing showed up. I ended up being referred to a surgeon and he scheduled me for some gall bladder tests - ultra sound and nuclear medicine test. Again, nothing showed up. Then he did an upper and lower scope. Still nothing. At this point he tells me he thinks it's psychological. I hate hearing this. I really don't feel good! I truly believe that this last thing is not related to the rest and I just had a really bad bug. I mentioned the swelling on my upper shoulder and the swollen arm pit and he didn't look either, just shrugged it off.
Soooo.... it was time for my yearly gyno visit but my regular gyno has retired so I go to a new dr. again. I really like my new one. She does a thorough exam and listens to me. She says she can feel a chain of axillary lymph nodes and sends me for a mammogram. Guess what? It shows up normal too. So now she has referred me to a surgeon for a biopsy.
I live in a small town and am going to be seeing the same surgeon who did my scopes and thinks I'm a hypochondriac. My appt is this Monday. I'm worried he will blow me off again. Any suggestions on how to get this biopsy done? If it is done and there is nothing, I will move on and accept that I'm crazy or something but I need some peace of mind. I haven't felt good in over a year. Any suggestions for what I should say or do to get him to do a biopsy? Also, could anyone that had an enlarged supraclavicular node describe it to me. Mine starts at the base of my neck and when I place my fingers over it, it takes 4 fingers to cover the entire thing. Could this just be a muscle inflammed and not a node? I hear people say theirs was pea or grape sized but this thing feels really big.
Again I'm really sorry how long this turned out to be. Just a lot has gone on over the last year. Just typing it makes me feel guilty like I really am a hypochondriac.
Thanks for reading.