Hi everyone. I'm new to these boards so I should give some background on what's been going on.
Two months ago my father passed away (he was only 56) after a month spent in ICU/CCU after his treatable lymphoma spread to his brain and spine, a rare complication. This has been a huge stress on my mother and I - I am 27, an only child. We've been left with a number of financial issues, no will, no insurance, etc. Obviously because of this I've been under a lot of stress.
Two weeks ago I began having sharp pains below my left rib cage. These turned into a burning pain followed by pins and needles. I assumed a pulled muscle since I work retail and it's a bit strenuous at times. Last Tuesday, I saw my GP. He palpated my abdomen and told me I had an enlarged spleen. In the office that day they took bloodwork and a urine sample.
Both came back negative with nothing special, all within normal range. I was then sent two days later for a liver/spleen scan. Those results only showed a slightly enlarged spleen. My GP said to call back on Monday (four days later) if I still have symptoms and they would do a pelvic exam.
I'm a bit unhappy with this. I'm not sure how to proceed - an enlarged spleen isn't normal fare and I've never had this issue before. I haven't been sick that I know of lately, and I don't have any other symptoms.
A day after the liver/spleen scan my lower left back and side began to hurt (I'm told this is normal with an enlarged spleen). Two days later, I feel achey all over my body. I have no nausea, headaches, vomiting, enlarged lymph nodes that I can find. I am eating fine, BM and urine output seems normal. What the heck is going on?
I'd have assumed an ultrasound and/or MRI should also have been scheduled. The pain comes and goes, it's more of a dull ache now, and palpating my abdomen myself I can't find anything except pain when I press in certain areas. I'm 27 - my father just died from cancer, one symptom of which can be an enlarged spleen - and now I'm frightened I'm dying. I don't want to be brushed aside by my GP.
So, now what? Do I go for a second opinion somewhere else, ask for my blood work to be redone, ask for a US or MRI?? Help