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A Change in Symptoms

by Tom on June 10th, 2009

During the last week, the discomfort in my abdomen has steadily disappeared. By Saturday it was as if nothing was awry at all!

On Sunday things changed.

I developed a pain in the left side of my abdomen when I took deep breaths, leaned in certain directions, or did anything that flexed my abs. In fact, anything that pushed my stomach forward caused pain; this included laying down to go to bed.

I spent the next few nights sleeping sitting up. Not so comfortable.

On the advice of Lauren, a friend who also happens to be an EMT, we decided to take me to the ER at Northwest Hospital to expedite the CAT scan. If there was something that needed immediate fixing, we’d really like to know!

After some more blood tests and a CAT scan we were told that there was not an immediate need to operate. However, the diagnosis noted three things:

  1. Massive Splenomegaly (24cm, when 10cm is normal)
  2. Intra-Abdominal Lymphadenopathy (abnormal lymph nodes in abdomen)
  3. Suspicion of Lymphoma

That third one was a big shock. After the Urgent Care visit I’d been pretty convinced that the iron deficiency was making me anemic, and the anemia was making my spleen start to overfunction.

As soon as I got home I called to move that Hematologist/Oncologist appointment up to Monday.

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