Posted by Devon
on November 07, 2000 at 20:04:42:
On September 23, 2000 I noticed a hard painless knot on my right rib right under my breast. It is hard as bone.
I know this wasn't there before. I went to the emergency room the very next day, because I was worried. I do not
have a regular doctor because I currently have no insurance. I am a 20 year old full time student (nursing major)
and a mother of two. The doctor at the ER told me it may be cancer or many other things but he wanted to rule
out cancer just in case so he made an appointment for me to go to a Breast Cancer Center. There the doctor said
that the knot was on my rib and I needed to see a bone specialist. So she made me an appointment to see a bone
specialist at a cancer center. The same doctor also order x-rays the same day so that they could be ready for the bone
specialist. A few weeks later I saw the b.s. she felt the knot and said it was nothing. I questioned her on it and she said
I could get a cat scan done to make sure, but she was sure it was nothing. I said I wanted the CT. I also asked her if she
looked at the x-rays and she said no, that you wouldnt' be able to tell anything from them anyways. She made the appt. for the
CT and with another doctor. I had the CT done a few weeks later on a friday and then on monday was my next appt. Turns out that
I was sent to the wrong doctor, a doctor that deals with female cancers. So that doctor sent me back to the Bone specialist. I called
repeatedly to find out the results of my CT, finally about a week later they said that they found an abnorality and they wanted to do
a bone scan soon. A few days later I went for the bone scan, while getting the bone scan the lady looking at the pictures asked " It's on
your right rib isn't it?, You haven't had any fractures?, Have you been tired lately?" Then after wards she asked if she could feel the knot
and I let her, she shook her head yes and then left the room. After the bone scan I went across the hall to get the results from the b.s.
At first they said they lost the scan and then the doctor came in and said I was fine, that I was just asymetrical, That I was born that way.
This was the doctor that her very own nurse told me she wouldn't be thorough with me cause I didn't have insurance. I have been losing weight
at least 2 pounds a week for the last month and I have had a low grade fever ( 99.5 to 100.5) everyday for the last three weeks. Five people have
come down with cancer in my neighborhood ( which is by factories and use to be a landfill) in the last few months. The doctor didn't even show me
the scan pictures or the CT pictures. What would I have to do in order to get a second opinion? I would like to somehow get my X-ray films, CT, and
bone scan pictures and take them to another doctor and ask what they think