So, the reason I had gone to my doctor most recently was that, for the last several years I’ve had swelling in the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck that really hurt. I also have this specific spot close to my windpipe that kind of flares up so to speak and causes severe pain. Actually I say windpipe, but I’m not sure where it really comes from. I only know that she almost strangled me finding the spot I was talking about since it’s inside my throat area. These lymph nodes and the pain near my windpipe recur every couple of months and they have for the last several years or so. The pain near my windpipe hurts when I swallow, when I talk, and if you press on it I’ll yell. Anyway, I went to her again about this problem because it happened again just like always. She ordered a cat scan, which took forever to get and the pain near my windpipe had gone away (again) but the swelling on my neck was still there. Oh, i should mention that 2 years a go they tested me for mono because I had about three lymph nodes swollen in the spot that usually means mono. I of course did not have mono but they had to prove it for themselves. Getting back to my unnecessarily long story :D, her nurse calls me after the cat scan and says, there’s nothing there, maybe you should try physical therapy if it’s more of a muscular skeletal thing. The end. They happened to send me a copy of the cat scan report from the imaging place and they’ve underlined some things and what do I read? I’ve got nodules on my thyroid. I should mention that most likely because of the Lithium I took 9 years ago when I was first diagnosed bipolar, I have an enlarged thyroid. Lithium can permanently jack your thyroid. We did a thyroid scan a couple of years ago because it feels big when a doctor touches it and at that time there were no nodules. Now there are. Ok so no big deal right? Cool. I move on and they underlined that there was a prominent node on the right side of my neck near the jugular vein. Hmmm…didn’t I tell her that the right side of my neck hurts like hell? Now, let me say that I pride myself on not being a hypochondriac. I figure i have enough wrong with me without borrowing more stuff. 😛 My point is that I wasn’t told about any of this and I think I should’ve been. They suggested a clinical exam for some other stupid thing they saw on the scan and she didn’t mention that either. *sigh* I am…annoyed. Wait! Let me use the Queen of England’s saying: I am not amused.
Ok I made myself laugh. 😀