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!
Hi Amy, just my opinion, I would not wait until September. I would be calling a derm to have it looks at. Then again, I like to play it on safe side. I know I wouldn't want to be worrying about it all summer long too! Go get it checked out, better safe than sorry.
I agree with Sudo - why didn't your doctor go ahead and either do or schedule a biopsy? Why have a general surgeon do a simple mole removal/biopsy? Your doctor doesn't like the look of the mole, it's suspicious, yet you are expected to wait 3 months for a surgeon to remove? Huh?? No, I wouldn't do that. I'd be on the phone finding a derm who will remove the mole w/biopsy. This might not be anything, but if a doctor feels something is "suspicious," it should be taken care of NOW and by whoever can do the job. One does NOT need a general surgeon to do this. That's like going to a brain surgeon to have a band-aid applied to a cut finger!
Thanks for all your replies! I agree with all of you. Even if it's nothing serious, the fact that my doctor doesn't like the look of it should be reason to get it removed as soon as I can. I was talking to my dad last night and he said the same thing - why hasn't she done a biopsy on it if it's supicious? I've had a lot of problems with this doctor, but it's so hard to get a family doctor here, so I stuck with her. I will probably go back to her and ask her these questions, and if I'm not satisified I will find a dermatologist to remove it before Sept.
I would definitely call a derm to remove it. Last year I had a physical and my Dr told me I had 2 moles she thought looked worrisome- I had them removed by my derm and they came back fine. Better to be safe than sorry though.