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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 6/2/2009 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd been having recurring upper abdominal pain since mid-February. I had x-rays, which were normal, and an ultrasound, which was normal. Blood work was all okay except for apparently prediabetes or early Type 2 diabetes (worrisome enough!). Then I had a CT scan, and I got the results yesterday. The report indicated that I have some sort of "nodule" close to my pericardium and that because it couldn't be seen clearly enough I need to have a chest CT. The report also indicated "thickening" of the wall of my stomach and recommended an endoscopy. I'm terrified that this means I have lymphoma or stomach cancer! I have lost weight (20 lbs in 2 months) but I haven't been eating much or often (and especially as I changed my diet due to the diabetes thing and started exercising). I don't have other signs of lymphoma (fevers, night sweats, enlarged lymph nodes in areas they can be felt) and I don't have other signs of stomach cancer (vomiting or blood in stool or vomit). But I'm still really scared! My health anxiety was actually getting better after seeing a counsellor and I fully expected the CT to be normal - so getting this report has totally sent me into the deep end. Help!

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   Posted 6/2/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
First off I would try to stay in the moment and not get yourself all worked up just yet. It could be some very simple explanation for what is going on. Try (I know easier said than done) not to think of the worst case scenarios. Generally, it is something treatable and not as dire as we make it in our minds. Do keep us up to date on what you discover, and I will keep you in my prayers that its nothing big.

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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 318
   Posted 6/2/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry that I can't say that I have any insight into what's goiong on but I have health anxiety also and I know how it feels to worry about your health. I will keep you in my prayers also don't worry it will be ok.
This too shall pass...

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Nanners. Try to stay in the moment. Often we make things out to be much worse than they really are. I will put you in my prayers as well, and let us know what happens! Hang in there!
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