I'm a 35 year old male, and I've been feeling unwell for 6 years. I've had pain chronic pain on the right side of my body, and some other "global" symptoms which have come along the way, like weakness/fatigue, thirst, chills/cold intolerance.
2016: This all started with pain in my right groin/right testicle/lower right abdomen. I had a CT scan which showed a couple of SLIGHTLY larger-than-normal nodes in my LRQ abdomen. Nothing else remarkable. All blood work was fine.
2017: The above persisted, but the pain now moved higher up into my abdomen, near my liver. Around this time, I noticed that I was sweating a lot more than what was normal for me. Especially during exercise, but also just sitting at my desk I would be sweating from my underarms. Not normal for me. Again, all bloodwork was normal.
2018: New pain in my back, "behind" my liver. This is also when some of the bouts of extreme fatigue/perceived weakness began. HIDA scan was normal. All bloodwork was normal.
2021: All of the above still true, but now getting pains just to the right of my Adam's apple. Tender/painful to the touch, and painful to swallow. Pain also went up into my right ear. A CT scan of the soft tissue of my neck (NO CONTRAST) was unremarkable, as was an ultrasound. This year, I also started to get episodes of "chills" when I was exposed to any sort of cool/cold temps - even walking under an air conditioner at 65 degrees would set off waves of chills. I had a repeat scan of my abdomen/chest, and all was fine. Bloodwork was mostly normal, aside from high AFP serum (tumor markers) - but doc said that could just be my normal level.
Today: All of the above, but now getting pains on the right side of my head. There seems to be a very slight, constant headache - which is becoming more noticeable. Multiple times per day, I'll get quick bursts of shooting pain on the side of my head. I have a lymph node in the back of my head (occipital), which is now sore when I tilt my head back. And most recently, I'm starting to get little random prickly feelings in my scalp on that side. Just one offs that are becoming more and more frequent.
Zooming out, it's pretty clear that these painful areas have spread up the right side of my body over the past 6 years. And I've added new overall symptoms each year, which I have fought so hard through but are becoming too unbearable to go on.
I'm not willing to accept anxiety/depression as a cause given the one-sided nature of my pain, though these things certainly can make all of my symptoms at least a little bit worse.
I spent years and years chewing on paper, plastic, metal can tabs, my shirt sleeves, pretty much anything and everything (not an iron deficiency, just a bad habit). Thinking back on all of those chemicals that I ingested, I think I'm doomed. All of this chewing also caused TMJD on both sides, and I have severe osteoarthritis on the right side --- however, no jaw pain!
I have read that CT scans won't detect cancer all of the time, though they are great for detecting masses. Is it plausible that I don't even have a mass? Could there be any other explanation?
Any thoughts are appreciated!