I'm new to the site and ought to introduce myself. I'm a 23 year-old female from, just finished my Bachelor's degree in January in Geographic Info Systems. I just worked for the census hope to start grad school next year, but picking has kinda stopped me dead in my tracks here :(
I started picking around the 5th grade. Since then, more often than not than not, there has been an open sore on my body. I always have chosen spots that are easily concealed (scalp, inside my ears) except in high school when I took over my face... at that point I had to drop out. After getting it somewhat under control, I went to a community college, and ended up transferring to a 4-year school, the school I just graduated from. There have been periods of up to 2-3 years where I've gone without picking, and even with psychiatic, psyhological, and dermatological help, the problem has always come back... until June 30th.
While my lymph nodes in my neck have gotten larger in the past due to sores, the one on the left side of my neck swelled up practically overnight. I had been losing weight 1-2 pounds per week over 3 months of eating healthy and excercising, but despite that I had the wound in my ear I kept mercilessly picking at day in and day out. The swelling became unbearable, and I forced myself to a)not touch the wound and b)clean it and put neosporin on it 2 times daily... the hardest thing I've ever had to do.
Then all my lymph nodes began to swell- never had that happen before, fatigue, night sweats, enlarged spleen, and in the 2nd week I developed a hard time swallowing and lots of saliva and a little bit of milky mucus developing in the back of my throat. I assume that's related to the nodes near my thyroid getting inflamed, but I really don't know. I'm scared.
I've been to urgent care once, the ER once, and my primary three times so far. My blood tests have all come back normal, with the exception of my platelet volume being low. No mono, (clearly) no HIV, no Lyme, but... no answers! I am alarmed that I have given myself lymphoma of some sort... with the forced rapidness of cell division over many years, I think it's reasonable to think that cancer may be the culprit! Anyone else have any similar stories about lymph nodes? Any help will be MORE than appreciated! I saw someone in the last thread I replied to had a similar story and I hope she replies, but if not I really could use some advice or shared experiences related to skin picking, lymph nodes, and possible cancer :(