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Offline Zearth

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New to Hypochondria and Needing Help
« on: March 22, 2014, 03:09:37 PM »
My story is posted in the Welcome Thread, so I wont repeat all that here; the basics are, this weird bulge formed on my thumb and wouldn't go away, and then another later on my pinkie, basically, and now my hand is sore. The doctors don't know what they are even after an X-Ray.

Suffice to say, I have an MRI scheduled for Thursday and I'm freaking out over that right now. I'm terrified of getting bad news or of this not even getting resolved and it dragging out, and it's driving me crazy. Before these attacks started up again I was never like this. I've turned into such a neurotic mess lately because of stupid mysterious welts and now I can't focus on anything unless I'm drugged up on strong anti-anxiety medication. Every little twitch, every pinch, every cramp or headache (and I'm even sure the headaches are from not eating enough) I see as connected to this stupid hand thing!

I can hardly eat anything, and I'm FREEZING all the time, with this twisting feeling deep inside. Feels like I'm just exhausted on stress mentally and physically with this hanging over my head.

I'm really scared, I feel like such a weak pathetic coward! Any help with this would be appreciated, greatly.
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Re: New to Hypochondria and Needing Help
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2014, 03:38:01 PM »
Is it soft and moveable or is it hard?  Did they grow slowly or pop up overnight?
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Re: New to Hypochondria and Needing Help
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2014, 04:02:52 PM »
Welcome to anxietyzone. I have had strange bumps over the years myself. I once had a skin cyst on my neck, that went away
by itself over time. I had 2 large Lipomas on my right thigh that had to be removed by a general surgeon. I have had numerous moles removed and
I once had a basal cell carcinoma removed from my nose by a Mohs surgeon. The strangest thing I ever had was I once had a growth on my penis
that came up over night. I flipped out but the Urologist said it would go away by itself and it did. The best people to diagnose issues like yours. would be
a dermatologist, a hand specialist or a general surgeon. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.
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Re: New to Hypochondria and Needing Help
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2014, 04:08:22 PM »
The one on the base of my pinkie showed up overnight, I think. I don't know how the one behind my thumbnail showed up, it took me awhile to notice it was even there. Neither are solid, they didn't show up in my X-Rays the orthopedist gave me. But they're thick enough that it's not just fluid, or they'd have tried to lance and drain them. They're, for lack of a better word; "spongy".

My hand has been kinda sore and achy ever since I started making a big deal about this, and sometimes the ache even reaches up my wrist. But I'm not sure if it really IS or not, or if it's all in my head like how my panic attacks give me chest pains. Makes it impossible to relax in bed because when I'm not doing anything, I become hyper-aware of myself and start freaking out again.
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Re: New to Hypochondria and Needing Help
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2014, 04:24:35 PM »
My mom had some big bump pop up on her wrist like that "overnight" (it wasn't as HIGH as a golf ball, but as round as one!)- she asked her doctor what it was and she gave her some explanation (something common that happens - but I totally forgot what was said because it was absolutely nothing bad) something about fatty tissue.
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Re: New to Hypochondria and Needing Help
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2014, 04:38:03 PM »
I hope it's something as mundane as fatty tissue, I really do. All the doctors I've seen have basically said they don't know what it is, which is why it's come to the MRI.

They did bloodwork and didn't find anything, aside from some sort of slightly elevated liver enzyme count, whatever that means. They did a second one looking for rheumatoid arthritis but that came up clean too. The unknown of it all is driving me crazy even though it may just be nothing at all.
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Re: New to Hypochondria and Needing Help
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2014, 03:11:38 PM »
My hands are being pretty sore in the morning and when I'm tired at night, and now I'm really starting to freak out over it. What could that even be, why would that be happening over bumps!? IS it?! I have no idea what could be causing this and that MRI is WAY too far away! Every day I get closer to it, it seems to get worse.

The worst part is they haven't even told me not to worry, all they said was an aloof "I don't know what it is." It's your JOB to know what it is! What's the point of seeing a hand specialist if THAT is the answer I get?!

I'm sure plenty of you all have been where I am. Do you have any advice? I'm so scared right now, and it just is sucking the energy out of me.
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Re: New to Hypochondria and Needing Help
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2014, 03:21:12 PM »
My mother in law had something that sounds similar to what u are talking about and she has arthritis. Once she got the arthritis under control the bumps went away.
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Re: New to Hypochondria and Needing Help
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2014, 04:20:24 PM »
I hope it's just that, I mean, they'd probably have figured that out if they looked for it, right?

I'm feeling like the doctors are phoning it in, and then I remember where it is that I'm posting and how irrational I am and it all starts to get addled.
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