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July 21, 2010

forgive me for repeating myself ... but just as i posted for sls in the other topic you posted to .... i must say again ..... omg ... i wish you luck ... i wish you strength ... i wish you determination ... i wish you compassionate doctors ... i wish you effective therapy ... i wish you a speedy recovery ... all the best to you! <3 <3 <3 .... i hope you're wrong about thinking it's cancer ... i hope you find answers and effective help and recover completely ... please keep us up to date ....
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August 24, 2010

I just had to have a lymph node removed from the left side of my neck ---- it had swollen up almost overnight and was rock hard, my ENT did a scan and due to the size and location said it had to come out. It wasn't cancerous or anything - they call them "reactive lymph nodes" when they swell up for no apparent reason. (they try a hugh dosage of antibiotics to shrink it prior to opting for surgery, BTW) Hope you are recovering and feeling better!
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August 27, 2010

I'm glad to hear some lymph nodes that swell up aren't cancerous :) My main concern is that I have all these other symptoms- night sweats, fatigue, chest pain, etc. - that are considered "B Symptoms" of lymphoma and also leave those with it with a bad prognosis off the bat. My ENT would have done a biopsy or scan but unfortunately my insurance runs out at the end of the month (Tuesday) and now there's no time. I have to wait until I can get on the state plan. I'm getting beyond frustrated, not only because I haven't been able to work in over two months, but also because I've been living this whole time not knowing what is going on with my body. Thinking it may be cancer just makes me cry on a daily basis, since I have been mistreated by a couple doctors already (one suggesting on numerous occasions that I had been raped, nothing was wrong with me, and that my spleen and liver weren't swollen, that I should just start exercising to get rid of stress... as if I'm even physically capable of doing much more than walking across the room! The next Dr. I saw right afterward said my spleen and liver WERE in fact swollen, and that if I were to exercise I could easily rupture my spleen- NOT good!) It's been hell, but I hope with my new insurance plan comes a new road to recovery. All you can do for sanity's sake at this point is to stay optimistic.
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August 28, 2010

Usually if you tell your doctor you only have insurance through the end of August he'll find a way to fit you in especially for something this crucial. Appeal to him, seriously honey, push if you got to and make the desperation of your situation loud and clear, that he's your last hope to get this diagnosed before or even if you can get any other insurance. He wants to get paid to and knows this is a way. Try calling again sweetie, and make it work. For what it's worth, I have a swollen upper abdoment as well, and I've never had swelling there (feels more like bloating than it does like fat),,, and tender and sore areas. I'm also dealing with some other issues so I'm getting an EKG and blood work every five days while they're looking for something else, but it does keep me in the loop. Fight for your right and make your doc the knight in shiny armour by appealing to his ego to help you. Do what you must or you'll drive yourself crazy with anxiety, and thus more picking, and thus more fear of disease, if you don't get some answers.
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July 22, 2010

Hi. This is my first time on the forum. I'm 30 and have been picking since... jeez, I think I was 7 years old. Anyway, the year I finished my Bachelor's degree, I had a bunch of ingrown hairs on my legs that I picked (my legs are my favorite place to pick at and are consequently covered in white, blotchy scars) and i developed a staph infection. My legs broke out in these HUGE gross boils that produced this yellow-green pus upon squeezing, which, despite this being 8 years ago, I can still remember vividly. I would eat it.... it tasted good... writing this feels incredible, but simultaneously disgusting. I'm disgusted with myself for this. A particularly large boil developed on my right leg near my knee and my whole leg became swollen all the way up to my lymph nodes in my groin. I had a fever and still didin't go to the doctor, probably because I was embarressed. Eventually, I picked at this boil to the point where it started to bleed profusely so I squeezed it and it was like a splatter movie. Man, you should have seen the blood, chunks and plasma that came shooting and oozing out of my leg. I watched the swelling go down. I now have a huge scar and have nerve damage near my knee because of this. My point being that you may not have C, just a terrible infection like staph or something. I hope that you can find an answer and start healing. My thoughts are with you.
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July 23, 2010

I completely understand what you mean about being thrilled yet disgusted thinking about it. Since it releases endorphins and you don't really have control over that the thrill of it makes sense, but objectively it seems to make no sense and is really, really gross. If you never had dermatillomania you wouldn't be able to relate and very well might think someone with it is a psycho. Running for me was something that took off the edge and also released endorphins, and I found that it actually reduced the amount of skin picking I did. Unfortunately, I know I don't have strep. I also question if my weight loss (intentional) may have affected my thyroid, although my test results for my thyroid came back normal. We'll hopefully see with time, though, and I really appreciate the support from you guys! I wish the best of luck to you all too :)
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July 23, 2010

Now Im scared. After reading this I realized the swelling in the left side of my neck was. I've had three different times this yea alone, in fact, I had this week. Its now gone though. But I've also experienced some weight loss recently that I just thought was from working out twice a week and not eating as much. But I did lose 8 pounds in a matter of a few days which does not add up to everything Im doing. I looked up lymph nodes and cancer, and now I feel worse about my csp. Thanks for helping with information I would have never found.
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July 23, 2010

I wouldn't worry, forever there, unless you had some of the more serious symptoms - night sweats, extreme fatigue for weeks to months, low grade fever, swollen spleen, etc. I do, however, hope I've scared you at least enough to stop picking, though :) I've actually had swollen lymph nodes at certain times throughout the years but without these extra (and scary) symptoms.
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July 30, 2010

Well, Im still freaking out because I looked some stuff up and lymphoma came up. And some on the symptoms, I actually have had. I mean, I defiantly don't know that I have it, or if picking is the cause. Just some stuff maybe everyone should look into..
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July 30, 2010

The thing is that swollen lymph nodes don't mean you have cancer. Your blood/lymphatic system often causes symptoms (swollen lymph nodes, extreme fatige, fever) that could mean anything from a bacterial, viral, fungal infection to autoimmune diseases (sarcoid, rhumatoid arthritis), thyroid problems, or on the worse end, leukemia, lymphoma, or other kinds of cancer. When your lymph nodes swell up is just your body's way of letting you know that something sketchy is up. Just to update, I don't think I have cancer now, but I suspect acute cytomegalovirus mononucleosis (the monospot test wouldn't have detected it because it's another, rarer virus that causes mono) or toxoplasmosis. And I have developed a terrible new symptom: stabbing chest pain and heart palpitations, which I think is myocarditis (infection and inflammation of the heart). Since I suspect it's a virus, there's nothing I can really do except for take 800mg ibuprofen daily and wait it out. Unfortunately it can cause hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) and potentially heart failure, which could mean my days of running and heavy exercise may be over :( I will continue to have the Dr. monitor my heart behavior to see what lies in store for my future. All this makes me blame myself more for my picking, because CMV infects about 50-80% of Americans, but most ppl don't know they even have it because they show no symptoms. I probably comprimised my immune system by picking and set myself up for this ordeal. I continue to hope this discourages others from the horrible habit of picking.
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July 27, 2010

Im so sorry this is happening to you,hang in their!
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August 14, 2010

forgive me for repeating myself ... but just as i posted for sls in the other topic you posted to .... i must say again ..... omg ... i wish you luck ... i wish you strength ... i wish you determination ... i wish you compassionate doctors ... i wish you effective therapy ... i wish you a speedy recovery ... all the best to you! <3 <3 <3 .... i hope you're wrong about thinking it's cancer ... i hope you find answers and effective help and recover completely ... please keep us up to date
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August 14, 2010

i'm sure mike2000 meant to precede his post with ..." i agree with wildflower's sentiments" ....
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August 16, 2010

Thank you very much :) I wish everyone in this forum luck with stopping the picking. I have and while my health issues are frustrating beyond belief, I feel liberated from the need to pick like I used to. Whatever my outcome, I hope this encourages everyone who's reading this to break the habit!
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August 16, 2010

Well, I know a lot about Lymphoma unfortunately as my mom has had it 3 times. No, normally when your lymph nodes swell, you are fighting some sort of infection. Lymphoma are tumors that develop on the lymph nodes which are ALL over your body, groin, tummy, chest, etc., and they do not hurt - most you can't even see unless it's like on your chest etc. and they are kinda hard feeling, not "cysty" feeling. OH And my mom has NEVER EVER been a picker. If you start running fever, fatigue, etc., then you may want to have further testing etc.
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August 16, 2010

I'm sorry to hear about your mom :( I can't imagine how difficult that must be having it so many times. What type does she have and how far along into it did she originally get diagnosed, if you don't mind me asking? Unfortunately I have painless, and very large (greater than 1 inch) nodes that are englarged all the way from under my left jaw to the base of my neck, as well as ones in my groin and to a lesser extent my armpit. The thing that I fear the most is the lack of pain. And since all my blood tests for mono, hiv, lyme's, strep, and several other bacteria have come back negative, I am worried. Also, I've had severe chest pain with nothing apparently wrong with my heart, which I heard is often due to the swollen thymus gland associated w/lymphoma. I am still barely able to get out of bed every day, my spleen and liver are very swollen, run a low-grade fever often, blah blah blah. But I hope I can get a biopsy before the end of the month since my insurance runs out by September. My primary care Dr. is getting a bit concerned too which is also a worry. I will be sure to keep you all updated as I find out more!
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August 16, 2010

BUT you know, even for all of us; as far as Cancer, we are putting ourselves more at risk my dentist told me that about me chewing my inside of my mouth. So I would assume anywhere else would be no different. I think the major problem with pickers is they get infected, red streaks, etc., THEN yes time to go to the doc and get antibiotics (which I have unfortunately). Damn this "disease" we have.
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November 05, 2017

heavymetalfan...are u still there.I know this is an old post.I need some information from u.plz respond if u there still