Worried I might have lymphoma -please advise!!
I would like to begin by saying I have a lot of anxiety relating to my health and can be obsessive about the idea of getting sick. Ever since my daughter was born 20 months ago I can't stop thinking about the fact that something might be wrong!
I have been very worried about a possible lymphoma diagnosis due to a conversation with a nurse practitioner on Saturday... I have been having many strange symptoms for some time now (over a year) and have gone to several different doctors. I started having joint pain, fatigue and nausea last April. Went to my general practitioner and she ran some blood tests (CBC being one) and a hip x-ray. I had a low vitamin D count, but otherwise fine. Went on my merry way with a vitamin D prescription. Several months ago the nausea increased, my appetite decreased and I noticed that I lost 15 or so pounds without doing much (other than stressing out constantly!) I went from 145 (my weight after my daughter was born) to 132ish... the joint pain came back as did a constant dull ache in my lower back. Went to the gastroenterologist who ran a CA-125 and amylace test, both normal. I also had an endoscopy with a biopsy of digestive tissue and the only thing that came up was reflux (no h. pylori or Barrett's esophagus) and also an abdominal ultrasound which also came back normal.... when I went in to see the doctor this Saturday, I thought I might have strep. My doctor was not in, but there was a nurse practitioner who I have never met before this visit. I mentioned that I have had swollen lymph nodes in my throat for about a month (my family has been sick with H1N1 and I assumed I was just fighting off the infection myself) and she started asking me other questions that led her to send me for a CBC and chest x-ray. I am waiting for the results of these tests with horrible anxiety... I have not really slept since Saturday and I am barely eating. I have read some horror stories on line (and some inspiring stories) and am so worried.. what if the result is lymphoma? what if the tests are normal? Should I pursue further tests?? Do I have lymphoma?? Please, please help!