Uterine Fibroids — What Are Your Options? Part 1

When my wife went for a physical exam in September 2000 to have her frequent incontinence and recurring abdominal pain diagnosed, our family doctor told Clara that she might have uterine fibroid tumors. Because he assured her that fibroids are benign, Clara and I werenТt horribly afraid that her health was in great danger. Continue reading “Uterine Fibroids — What Are Your Options? Part 1”

Neck Lump

Q.I have had a hard knot in my neck for two and a half months. I began to worry because my aunt died of Hodgkin’s disease in her 20s, which is my age. I went to a doctor, and he said it was normal and probably left over from a viral infection, and that if it is still present in two months to come and get a biopsy. He did not bother to ask any other questions.

I became very frustrated and upset. Now I’m not sure what to do. It’s only on one side, and it’s immovable and firm. I looked up the symptoms and have experienced most of the ones for Stage I. I’m a medical student and I am sure something is wrong, but I refuse to see that doctor again.


A. As I always say, if you are not happy with Doctor Number 1, go to Doctor Number 2. I must admit I do not like the description of an immobile mass and I would recommend a biopsy.

Certainly lymph nodes may become fibrotic (hardened) after an infection, but they are usually mobile.

(I have one behind my ear, and when I was a med student I was convinced it was a sign of cancer! I also thought I had beriberi; don’t ask me why — med school does strange things to the mind!)

You should have a CBC (complete blood count) done, and you should get a second opinion. Even if you have to see a doctor not covered under your health plan, the investment will be well worth the peace of mind. Good luck — with finding out what is going on with the neck mass as well as with medical school.

Junkie needs his digi-music fix. Part 2

Another use for old machines

Finally, remote control proved to be an early problem. My main amplifier is located in the basement, and while I have a remote that lets me control the volume and the CD player, I obviously couldn’t control a PC with a stereo remote control. I quickly found a way around this problem, though. I took an old PC (an IBM Thinkpad 750C — it’s five years old and has a really slow 486 processor, so it was kind of useless to me) and placed it upstairs in my living room. Continue reading “Junkie needs his digi-music fix. Part 2”