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   Posted 4/11/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
What a few days it has been. I'm absolutely exhausted. I went down for some MRI of my Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar spine. Well I knew I had C-spine issues but apparently I have some herniations at T9 - T10 and at L3 - L4, L4 - L5.

Then there is some more worrisome news. It looks like the Lumbar MRI found an enlarged Retroperitoneal Lymph node. I hate to draw any conclusions especially without more tests but to be honest the thought of what it could be has me on edge.

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   Posted 4/12/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Please disregard.

I'm a bit upset and certainly didn't mean the things that I've said.

Post Edited (quahog) : 4/12/2008 2:50:42 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/12/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry no one has responded. Maybe I didn't read closely enough how scared you are. I just don't know much about the enlarged lymph node issue, though. When will you learn more?

I don't know anything about your popularity here, so my lack of response has nothing to do with that. I'm glad you spoke up.

i hope you can get some answers soon, and that maybe you have some friends or family you can also lean on a bit during this anxious time.

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   Posted 4/12/2008 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
I am new here and I see how you couldbe worried. You are getting the right things done and at the right place.

Do try to not worry too much. Remember you are in the right place for help.

Good Luck!!!!!!

And pleas feel free to vent to me anytime.

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   Posted 4/12/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
This is the first time I have read your topic so it hasn't been posted very long. I, too, am sorry for the lack of response. Unfortunately, I know nothing about your new condition. What did your dr say about this issue?

My words or encouragement: Be patient, less critical. All the people I have met here have at least shown compassion and have been informative or suggested where to get answers. In most health situations not knowing is sometimes worse than knowing what lies ahead.

Best of luck to you.

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   Posted 4/12/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry for not responding sooner. When I first read you post I did not know anything about those issues so I did not say anything. I should have at least responded to wish you well.
So, you are in my thoughts and prayers and please let us know what you find out.

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   Posted 4/12/2008 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't worry about occasionally spilling some words out that you don't actually mean. Pain and meds and depression and anxiety all make us say and do things that aren't part of our "normal" behavior or way of being. You were feeling desperate in the moment, and I certainly can understand that!

And that's what the edit button is for! :-)

Post Edited (PAlady) : 4/12/2008 3:56:35 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/13/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not a doctor but I think that there are many reasons that a lymph node can be swollen - sometimes just due to a "simple" infection somewhere in the body - sometimes a swollen lymph node is the only symptom. Hopefully it will be something related to that. I wouldn't assume the worst unless you have other alarming symptoms.

Take care and I hope you get good news about all of your worries!

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   Posted 4/13/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel I am lucky not having spinal problems just stupid fibro and inflammatory arthritis along with crohn's and a few other crappy things. I do not have a clue as to what you are going through. I do know there have been times I have also felt a little like I am on the outside looking in. I guess because I post in flurries and then withdraw for periods of time.
I do know for a fact though that there are so many wonderful people here who care beyond the call of duty about the members and the day to day anxiety and pain we deal with. Know that at some point a member will read your post who knows what your issues are and will respond.
In the mean time, I hope you can try to relax and take your mind off it all... if only for a bit.
Feel better soon and best of the best luck to you.
Dx'd with crohn's 1983, resections 83,85 and 89 Double Strictureplasty 2005, Dx'd COPD 2000, Psoriasis 2002 and Fibromyalgia 2005.
Currently takeing Humira, Pentasa, Lomotil, Elavil, Sinemet, Skelaxin, Advair, Abuterol, Oxycodone and Xanax as needed

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