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    Old 04-04-2017, 09:30 AM   #1
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    Scared I have Lymphoma

    Good Afternoon,

    I am a certified hypochondriac who is currently under a lot of stress both at work and in my personal life. Whenever I get in to this perfect storm, my health anxiety flares up.

    2 weeks ago I was drying off from the shower and noticed a bulge in my neck/collarbone area. I instantly freaked out after typing in "lump near collarbone" and sent myself into a downward spiral of googling everything about lymphoma I possibly could.

    And, for the past 2 weeks, I can't stop focusing on it. I can't see anything if my shoulders are normal (straight), but if I arch my shoulders back, a lump appears. I had the nurse and doctor at my work take a look at it and they could not feel any lymphnodes at all in the area and said it was likely just fat (I am overweight). They did send me for a chest X-ray to rule out anything sinister in my lungs, but I haven't had any other tests.

    I keep poking and prodding the area that was "swollen" so I think it is becoming more noticeable but I'm thinking I may have just irritated it.

    I have been through CBT previously to help me cope with my HA but I feel like I am sliding down the hill towards irrational thoughts again.

    Has anyone else experienced this "lump that is only visible when moving in certain directions"? What was the end diagnosis?


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    Old 04-05-2017, 07:16 AM   #2
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    Re: Scared I have Lymphoma

    I understand your anxiety. I have been there thinking that I have cancer or something else was slowly killing me. the thing that helps a bit for me, is to not let myself look up health symptoms on the internet, it will only scare you more. if the problem continues I talk to the doc and try to trust him. I know that all the advice in the world wont help right now. but try to breathe. you are okay.

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