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cyst or something worse?
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cyst or something worse?

I saw a doctor when I was 19 because I had what I felt was a lump at the base of my skull and headaches in my forehead.  The lump didn't hurt, didn't bother me at all, but I felt something was there.  When I asked the Doctor about it, he told me it was a cyst, nothing to worry about, and he would biopsy it if I wanted him to but it would just cost me more for the same diagnosis (great bedside manner).  I was paying cash for the visit and he'd been my mum and dad's doctor for 20+ years, so I took his word for it.  The only thing that bothered me then about the exchange was he added "you may want to get a brain scan when you're older if you continue to have headaches".  I figured it was because my mum has diagnosed migraines and went on about my life.  I should add that my mum has a lump just a smidge smaller than mine in the exact same place.

Fast forward and I'm now 26 today.  The doctor I saw that day has now misdiagnosed three people I know, including both of my parents, with major illnesses they turned out not to have.  I still feel this thing (whatever it is) in the same place, and as far as I can tell it may have grown but not a lot if it did.  I feel slight pressure under the base of the skull, but that's it.  I have neck problems now and every time my chiropractor tells me I have pressure in the area, I get knots in my stomach.  I've been told by friends in the medical field that tumors simply don't grow where I'm finding this thing and it is likely a cyst, but I'm still scared.  I'm seeing a doctor on April 25th but I'm trying to calm myself about it now because I've worked my self into a complete fit.
Tags: worry, Cyst, Neck
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Dear Magslw

Let me know how it goes. But they way you described it sounds like something superficial.
Let me know if you have any question.
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