It sounds like you got something going on, especially with the tender lumps and fluid in your abdomen. Could you go back to the original doctor that was willing to do a biopsy? A biopsy is what will tell you for sure what you're dealing with. One thing I will say is most lumps are painless, but not necessary all. Pain is typically not associated with lymphoma unless it is causing pressure on a nearby organ or nerve. Also, I've never heard of lymphoma causing fluid in the abdomen. Did you get any kind of explaination for the fluid? Why did they do two CBC's? Sorry...lots of questions. It just seems to me that if lymphoma isn't on their radar, what else is?
The original doctor was just an ER doctor... I couldn't go back to him. He was the only one who really listened to me and my concerns. The others kind of acted like I was silly. Apparently certain types of cancer can cause fluid in the abdomen - but I'm not 100% sure. I've actually now had three CBC's, as my GP ran another one today. I don't know why they keep checking it. Lymphoma was the concern of the first doctor - my GP didn't completely rule it out, but didn't seem to believe that was the problem. A hernia was also ruled out. They haven't told me anything else they think it could be - honestly I think they are stumped and don't know what is wrong with me. Thanks for the response!
hi, the lymphoma-associated fluid you are thinking of is called "ascites". But ascites can also be from other causes. Is it getting bigger and bigger?
I would think they can get a sample with a needle, maybe US guided unless it is very apparent and near the surface.
a CBC is simple and inexpensive, so it doesn't hurt to do repeat tests to see if anything has changed (and/or a previous test might have been faulty)
still, I'd guess lymphoma is not likely
Yeah, I've heard of ascites. It's gotten bigger since when I first found the lump. The lump is a little harder to find now since there is swelling/fluid around it. There's also a new lump a little lower.
My GP made an appointment for me with a surgeon, hopefully that'll be another step forward.
My pain has gotten worse in my stomach and lower back. My blood work came back normal again. Thanks for your response!
I'd think it should be possible to distinguish fluid from an abscess from other things (granuloma?) by the CT. You can get a copy of the CT report and look for key words - I'd very much recommend that rather than being in the dark while you wait for the next appt.
Did you travel to any exotic places?
If the initial ab lump is near the surface... lymphoma would tend to be deeper.
I'd guess the next step is for the surgeon to get a sample of the fluid, and also he can drain the area to relieve symptoms. you can watch him do it. They'll be able to tell something immediately from the color.
The ascites AFAIK can be leeching of lymphatic fluid out of lymph vessels (which are more permeable that blood vessels) or maybe some exudate from some unusual cells in the area. Your pain might be simply from pressure.
I assume urinary output is normal else you would have mentioned that... also yellowish eyes.
Lymphoma is not likely at your age, but Hodgkin's is more common that NHL.
I actually called to get a copy of my CT, and am going to pick it up on a disc tomorrow.
I've never traveled out of the country...
We'll see what the surgeon says, hope it brings me some relief. I am feeling a lot of pain and just discomfort in general. The word sarcoma has been thrown around. (another type of cancer... much more rare though)
Yes, most everything is normal. The lumps and symptoms accompanied with it have seen to come out of nowhere.
The "main" lump (first one I found) is a little deeper. You have to really poke around and push to feel it. Again, thanks for your help!