Dec 31, 2011 - 10:46 am
First off, I admire your strength and determination. I have been reading your posts for a few days and there is so much hope on these boards. It is really wonderful to see.
Thank you in advance for reading my post/question. While I have been lurking for a few days, I am now beginning to freak out. Not sure what to do so thought perhaps some of you could offer your recommendation. I hope you don't mind my asking. I am not sure who else to ask as I do not want to worry any family or friends with this.
I do not yet know if I have cancer and am trying to figure out whether it is OK to wait for my scheduled ob/gyn appointment on Jan. 5 (I scheduled it on 12/28 and it was first available with the holidays) or whether I should go to an urgent care clinic or an ER.
I have some troubling symptoms. I have had cramping in my addominal area for about 3 weeks now - it is there 24/7 but mild - I probably would ignore it but for the fact I also found a small lump near my anal region and feel a large mass of something in my vaginal area (all discovered while showering). I am feeling bloated, have gained 5 pounds (without a change in diet habits) and have noticed my socks hurt my ankles and start cutting off the circulation throughout the day. I am now 140 pounds and 5' 10". I am definitely not pregnant (have 3 young kids).
Would you wait for the appointment or should I go to an urgent care clinic or ER asap? If I have cancer, will 5 days of waiting matter? Do I go to a hospital for some peace of mind (as the known is better than the unknown)?
Did any of you have similar symptoms?
Thank you again for your input and God Bless. . .