I went to my doctor on Thursday because I've been experiencing a sharp pain on my right side, under my ribcage, and both sides of my ribs have been tender and have felt swollen at times. She did a physical exam, and said that it could be my gallbladder, or my lungs (given I have asthma and a history of chest infections), and maybe even my liver (but she said that's very unlikely). She ordered a chest x-ray for my lungs and blood work to rule out anything serious. As she was doing the physical exam, she noticed a suspicous mole on my ribcage, on the right side, that she "didn't like the look of". So, she scheduled an appointment with a general surgeon to get it removed. My appointment, however, isn't until September.
I'm a little worried now, because I've taken a look at the mole myself and it does not look good at all. It's rather large, jagged around the edges (almost like a cluster of little ones around the edge), and is dark in the middle and gets lighter as it moves outward. I should also mention that the mole only appeared a few years ago, but I never really thought any thing of it. I also had a mole removed on my neck a long time ago, when I was in high school, for the same reason (because it didn't look good).
My question is, should I be worried? Should I fight to get my appointment changed to an earlier date, or should I trust my doctor to know what's best? I wouldn't be so worried only for the fact I've had a lot of health problems lately, and I'm somewhat conveinced they are all related in some way (for example, I've been diagnosed with epilepsy, burn to my esophagus due to acid reflux, and chronic fatigure in the past 4 months..).
I'm a little tired of hearing bad news. Any help, experience with melanoma or information would be great. Thanks!
Last edited by amy1021; 06-06-2010 at 08:27 AM.