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.
Q.A few years ago, I was diagnosed with a chipped disc in my back. The piece lodged near my sciatic nerve center. I was told that I could have surgery, or I could just tough it out and it would eventually dissolve. Continue reading “Years after Herniated Disc”
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”
I originally used AudioCatalyst from Xing.com (www.xingtech.com) to encode each CD into MP3 format, but soon moved over to MusicMatch Jukebox for the simple reason that it offered a higher encoding rate. (You can download a trial version of each of these programs.)
Continue reading “Junkie needs his digi-music fix. Part 1”
The Adelaide Metro website has been updated with a list of all new service changes being introduced on August 21 2005.
If you have any enquires please refer. Continue reading “Public Transport Proposed Service Changes”
I’ve had my third Remicade infusion treatment and am completely clear of plaques and patches. You can still see where I had patches because of scarring, but I will take that over the flaking and itching, any day of the week. Continue reading “Infusion Treatment”
Q.Someone from Florida told me about fiberglass casts that are totally waterproof. Have you heard of this? Continue reading “Benefits of Fiberglass Casts”
Actually, the association between vegetable protein and reduced risk for heart disease is not very new information. Researchers have known about this association for quite some time. Soy is actually a vegetable protein that has come to the attention of researchers recently. The study of the effects of soy and its relation to chronic disease risk, including cardiovascular disease, has dramatically increased since this field began to emerge a few years ago. Continue reading “Soy, You Say? Part 2”
What do vegetables and fruits have in common with soy? They may all help to combat cardiovascular disease, which is still currently the number-one killer of both men and women.
It is responsible for more than 950,000 deaths annually and costs billions of dollars to treat each year.
Continue reading “Soy, You Say? Part 1”
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Progressive loss of cartilage at the edges of the joints and in the underlying bone causes osteoarthritis. Continue reading “Osteoarthritis”