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Hi Im worried I may have cancer ( lymphoma )

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I'm worried I may have cancer ( lymphoma )
Two years and three months ago I become obsessed with my lymph nodes .
I have extreme health anxiety and have struggled since then .
I have itchy spells from time to time
So terrified. Had bloods ldh crp esr and chest x ray . That was a while ago now .
I feel like I'm having a panic attack ,
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
Dr. David :

This is Dr. David

Dr. David :

yes, I have helped you before.

Dr. David :

you don't have lymphoma.

Dr. David :

you need more treatment health related anxiety.

Dr. David :

what treatments are you on anxiety disorder currently?

JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : dr David . I'm glad it's yourself . Your really positive I don't have it ? I'm currently just on cbt but I don't feel a difference . Im so embarrassed by the state I have got myself into .
Dr. David :

you need more treatment than just CBT

Dr. David :

you need to be on an SSRI agent and some long acting benzos like klonopin or valium as well.

JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : I'm scared to go on to those types of drugs , especially Valium .
Dr. David :

well, then you will continue to have this anxiety uncontrolled unless you get better treatments anxiety.

JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : Okay. ,
Dr. David :

you don't have lymphoma

JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : two years with no obvious diagnosis , does this rule out lymphoma entirely ?
JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : Thanks doctor
JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : I really don't mean to sound like I don't trust your expertise
Dr. David :

I have told you that you don't have lymphoma

Dr. David :

but because you will not get more treatment anxiety, you will continue to worry about it.

Dr. David :

yes, this rules out lymphoma.

JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : I mean I don't have any swollen nodes really
JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : Okay and literally experiencing this pain with alcohol which is associated with Hodgkin's lymphoma is obviously the power of my anxiety making me feel this ? Someone told me HL is typically fast growing and two and a half years definitely rules this out ?? I'm going to go to my gp tomorrow morning to do something ,
Dr. David :

yes, the power of your anxiety is doing this.

Dr. David :

you need to be willing to take on more treatments anxiety disorder.

JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : Yes I know , I'm just worried about side effects .
JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : But it I know it will make me better
Dr. David :

good luck to u

JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : Thanks
Dr. David :

you are welcome

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JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : Thanks so honest with me . I needed someone to be blunt and say look you do not have this disease
JACUSTOMER-7e8lkcxn- : i appreaciate your help
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
doctor David
It's me the chronic lymphoma worrier . I gave in and went to my gp I am now on some medication and she said she would do some bloods to " remind me " everything is good .
She phoned me this morning to say my CBC was perfect .
Does this show a good sign that I'm not actual dying of this disease ?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
that is good your CBC is normal

you don't have to worry about lymphoma.

I hope you are on medicaiton to treat your anxiety symptoms.

you didn't even need the blood work to know you don't have lymphoma.

the worry about lymphoma is a manifestation of your anxiety symptoms.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yea I'm on medication thankfully !
I've also out on a stone in weight since last august . I think that's positive ?
I guess I just need to accept that my mind is so powerful I'm imagining and experiencing lymphoma symptoms .
The bloods would have absolutely been abnormal by now yes?
THANKS dr David I really really appreciate everything
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
no weight loss, no lymphoma.

normal blood work, no lymphoma.

you don't have lymphoma.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
doctor david !
It's been six months since I last checked in with you with my crazy lymphoma fears !
I just wanted to let you know im doing better - still have the worry but im coping better and trying to get on with life
I have a bit of a cough which is worrying me but I am just recovering from the cold !
Today is also my three year anniversary of going to the doctor and asking about lymphoma I can't believe I am still here !
I have a question do you think I should get some bloods taken soon just to make sure I'm in good health ?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
it sounds like you are in good health.

I am glad you are doing better

you don't have to worry about lymphoma.

it doesn't sound like you need blood work.

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