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    Old 03-03-2003, 07:27 AM   #1
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    about 5 yrs ago I had a brown itchy spot on my upper (back of) right shoulder. The dr told me to just 'keep an eye on it'. I noticed about a month ago it looked/felt like it had gotten bigger, and I noticed this because it started itching again. Welllll...I forgot about it until last night when it started itching and it has REALLY gotten bigger just since last month! And now it's kind of hard and feels like it has fluid in it. Also, about 5 yrs ago I started having short term memory probs. I was on prozac so the doc took me off that because one of the more obscure side effects are memory probs and was told once again to 'keep an eye on it'. Well over the past yr my memory probs were diagnosed as short term memory loss and I went thru H-E-double toothpicks to get that diagnoses (it's all in my head you know, LOL!). Anyways...last night I was trying to 'date' the brown spot so I could tell my new doctor approx when i first noticed it...and all of a sudden----POW!!!-------it hit me. My memory and other health prob started about the same time I noticed this brown spot. Could the two be related? Is it possible this brown spot is some kind of cancer and has wrapped it's tennacles around my brain stem or spinal column and is what is causing all my neurological/autoimmune disease problems? I did call my PCP and will go in this Thurs to see what he has to say.

     
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    Old 03-03-2003, 06:58 PM   #2
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    This is by no means a diagnosis, but yes it could be a cancer ~ a melanoma, that can metastasize and wreak havoc with your health. Itching and growth are two hallmark signs that a mole needs to be evaluated. Make sure your doctor knows everything you mentioned here and don't hesitate to go to a specialist if he doesn't pay enough attention. It's also interesting to note that cancers and immune disorders can arise from a person's own low immune system.

    Good luck on your diagnosis and keep us posted.

     
    Old 03-03-2003, 08:17 PM   #3
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    The dr I am seeing now (PCP) is the one that FINALLY sent me to a neurologist because of my memory probs, BUUUTTTTTT...he only sent me after my mother told me to tell him that I just recently had a 93 y/o grandmother pass away and she was diagnosed with altzeimers disease 13 yrs ago. But with all the knowledge on it today we suspect she had it 20 yrs before that. Boy!...he had me to the Neurologist withing a month and I hear that's really good around there, that it takes up to 4 months to get into see any specialist. And the past 4 months have been pure heck going from one specialist to another, one test after another. They finally came up with +ANA Lupus, Fibromyalgia and Antiphospholipid Syndrome. They also discovered that I have a sleep disorder...I don't go thru the sleep cycles. I go into a light sleep and re-awaken and do that 30-40 times every hr. I finally made it thru all this, alto I am going to see my PCP on this phospholipid thing. I am so sick of doctors...I don't want to see any other doctor but my own. If he or his PA suggest that I go see a specialist, I will...but not w/o protest!

    Thanx for your input...and I'll re-post after my appt on the 6th/Mar.

     
    Old 03-06-2003, 07:57 PM   #4
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    *************UPDATE********************* *****

    Doc didn't seem too worried about the spot. Said he didn't think it looked cancerous but if i wanted, his PA could burn it off for me. Should I have her burn it off or go see someone that specializes in stuff like this?

     
    Old 03-07-2003, 09:50 AM   #5
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    Why aren't you seeing a derm about your spot? Mine looked like nothing, but I am waiting for results (14th) after my dr. sent me to a derm and he did a biopsy. They see a lot more of these types of things than primary care physicians do.
    Just wondering.
    (Personally, I would not want a PA to burn it off).
    Lori

     
    Old 03-08-2003, 07:27 PM   #6
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    Always, always, always get a biopsy. My dad had a suspicious looking spot on the back of his neck, and although he went to a dermatologist every 6 months, they still didn't recognise it. Finally, my mom insisted that he tell his dermotolist to remove it and biopsy it. The dermotologist said,"you wife worries too much." But she did remove it and biopsied it, and it turned out to be melanoma. About a year and a half after that, he had a lump come out on his neck. His GP said not to worry,"it's just a cyst." Then he went to his dermatologist, and she said the same thing. A couple months later he went to another doctor who said it looked suspicious. It was removed and biopsied, and turned out to be melanoma that had metastised from the original melanoma on his neck. All along doctors were telling him not to worry. And now, because he believed them, it's too late.

    Never let a doctor tell you it is okay. If it looks suspisious to you, insist on a biopsy. Better safe than sorry!

     
    Old 03-10-2003, 09:24 AM   #7
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    Ok...u guys convinced me. I'll go see a dermatologist, or at least give one a call and take it from there. Thanks for all of ya's advice.

     
    Old 03-10-2003, 09:53 AM   #8
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    Please let us know if/when you get an appt.
    I am still waiting for Friday to get here!
    I will update you guys when I find something out.
    Thanks for your support.
    Lori

     
    Old 03-12-2003, 09:03 PM   #9
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    Am off work tomorrow (Thurs) and have about a half a doz calls to make, one of them being to a Derm. I've been sick the last 5 days with a URI and it's still giving me heck but I'm back to work. Everything was put off until tomorrow cuz I was sick...I'm gonna have a full day! I'll be sure to get back to ya and good luck Fri, LoriH. Take care and be safe.

     
    Old 03-26-2003, 07:42 PM   #10
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    Ok Everybody...Hi ya'll. I made it to a derm and she basically said same thing doc said but she added that it would be biopsied. My doc didn't say anything about biopsy but that doesn't mean that they don't do it automatically. She offered to make me another appt to have it done but I declined and told her since her diagnoses was the same, I would return to my doc and let his PA do it. She seemed to be a really pleasant lady (I think I was older than her, lol!) and said she was glad that I was going to let my doc take care of it, said she felt it always best to have primary doc take care of everything himself. Those weren't her exact words but that's basically what she meant. I have a re-check appt in May (on something else), so I will call and see if they can schedule the procedure at the same time.

    Thanx for all the info everyone. Take care and be safe.

     
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