Am I being irrational?

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    Apr 02, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    Normally I would be sceptical of posting to a site about a health related issue but I can't tell if I'm being a hyperchondriac or not.

    Basically In january i got a spot on my cheek at about nostril level. I squeezed it *shrug* and it kind of popped. So I left it to heal. When it had kinda healed I could still feel a bump... it was taking like AGES to heal for some reason like 3 weeks.
    So i went to see a doctor and she was like... oh it's just the skin has healed up over the spot, it'll be gone in a couple of weeks, not to worry.
    2 weeks go by and the place is like a a pea under my skin, no visible bump to the surface of the skin, but slight pinky discolouration.
    So I went back and the university sent me to a dif doctor (we don't get consistent ones here) and I told him "I'm worried about this growth on my face." He took a look and was like, it's a sebaceous cyst... it might eventually go away. In other words, you're stuck with it. (all this time im worried about it being skin cancer or something).
    Sooooooooooooo fast forward to a couple of days ago and i can feel a pain in like when my nostril joins my cheek. I thought "ugh, spot in difficult and annoying place" then 2 days pass and i was like "ANNOYING!" and poked it, some pus came out and a lot of that juice stuff. It scabbed up like over the top of my nostril and although not really visible it looked gross, plus i could still feel the "spot" in there as if it hadn't popped at all. Now i can still feel a pea sorta thing in my nostril like the "sebaceous cyst" which I'm worried is connected and might be cancer and that it's spreading.

    Irrational, and it's just a cyst on my cheek and not cancer, or what?

    I know you guys are gonna say, see the doctor again, which I will, I just needed to type this and get this off my chest I suppose.

    Plus I was reading online if they remove stuff from your skin they take like 3cm diameter over the cyst, so I'll have like a 1 inch scar on my cheek/ nostril. And then what, I'm no fool and know how the gay community is heavily based on looks... and I don't see myself getting anything worth anything with half a nose and some big fat scar on my cheek.

    Thanks *sigh,* needed to vent as everyone I could vent to is in London and I'm in college dorms in plymouth.

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    Apr 02, 2009 11:43 PM GMT
    let me guess, this bump you've been playing with it haven't you, touching it, checking if its still there on a regular basis.. making sure he hasn't grown and disfigured you...

    Well stop it, the more you play with it the worst it'll get. (well, you'll irritate it and the skin, hence the pain your already feeling in the surrounding area)

    when doctors say a couple of weeks they are giving you the short answer, in actuality most of the time they mean it could be gone in a couple of weeks, but could take as long as 6 months, they tell you what you want to hear sometimes to placate your nerves.

    Quit fiddling with it, stop touching it, relax about it and forget its even there, if in another say.. 8 weeks you find its gotten bigger, then go back to the doctors.. otherwise shush or I'll have to bitch slap you for being whiny
  • Webster666

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    Apr 03, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
    You're definitely over reacting with your ridiculous fears of cancer.
    I had a cyst the size of a large marble (It grew very gradually, over time) removed from my shoulder. No, there was not a gigantic ugly scar.
    Make an appointment with the doctor and TELL HIM (or her) that you want the cyst removed.
    Or would you rather wait until it's the size of a large marble ??????????????
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Apr 03, 2009 5:09 PM GMT
    Can you post a photo of it?

    I'm not a doctor, but I have had skin cancer on my face. I'm not saying it is cancer, and your doctor is more than likely right. And it sounds much different to what I had. But, I ignored mine for years, and that is not a good thing to do. So if it is changing or getting bigger, I would get another opinion.

    Most important thing is, not to worry.

    You can mail me a photo if you do not want to post it.

  • junknemesis

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    Apr 03, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    Another possibility... could it be a wart?
  • Timbales

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    Apr 03, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
    If possible, get to a dermatologist and not another GP.
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    Apr 03, 2009 6:16 PM GMT
    Seeing as you're desperate for an out.... It's basically a fluid-filled corpuscle called a "Bible bump". You can either leave it, have it surgically removed, or try to squeeze it out yourself. The best way to fix it is to "break" it by whacking it good and hard with a large, heavy Bible (hence the name).

    Please post pictures--before, after, and during, documenting your removal using the Bible. I'm in need of a good laugh.
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    Apr 03, 2009 6:36 PM GMT
    Doctors sound pretty crap.

    Go and insist that they do something (like take it out).

    They basically just want to get rid of you, so you've got to show them who's boss. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 03, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
    Sounds like a cyst. I get them from time to time. If you're still in doubt, go see a dermatologist.
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    Apr 03, 2009 6:46 PM GMT

    Careful with that, bitch! Some nerve endings on your face ("T-Zone area" especially), are directly connected to your brain! See a dermatologist, not an effin' GP. We could've done something about that when you were here, dammit.
  • EricLA

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    Apr 03, 2009 6:59 PM GMT
    If you've been playing with it, it's possible it's now infected, especially if it's oozing puss and growing in size. Just a guess. If this is the case, you'll likely need antibiotics. I had this happen to me twice last year and was so glad it wasn't MRSA.
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    Apr 04, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    If it's a GANGLION cyst, the internal fluid will be like hair gel, if you extract any of the fluid. They used to say break ganglions apart with a Bible, but, now they say either drain it, or leave it alone. SURGERY is NOT typically effective with a GANGLION cyst. Success rates are very low. Often GANGLION cysts will disappear spontaneously. Many folks experience ganglions in their lifetimes. Ganglions in the wrist area are very common.

    If it's a carbuncle / boil, it'll ooze yellow / green icky puss. Soak it with a hot cloth (as hot as you can stand it) and it will "turn the boil over" and you'll be able to extract most of the gunk. If it's green and stinky, and you start running a temp, well, that's likely gangrene, which requires IMMEDIATE medical attention.

    If it's just a plugged pore it'll have stiff, dry, sebum inside of it, and not be icky but almost like a stiff grease (which it is).

    Cancer usually is kinda black looking, from what I know of it. Typically, a "mole" that gets bigger is a candidate for further investigation for dermal cancer.

    I'm NOT a doctor, but, this is just common sense stuff.

    If it's a boil, you can have it lanced, and get on some antibiotic, but, they will often turn over on their own, and you'll be no worse for the wear.

    If it's a ganglion, you can drain it, or have it drained, but, it is likely a short term solution.

    If it's big and black, you need to have it tested for malignancy.

    Unless it's infected badly, I don't think I'd pursue treatment in an aggressive manner. It'll likely fix itself.
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    Apr 04, 2009 11:26 AM GMT
    I don't think you want your face whacked with a Bibleicon_lol.gif. Ganglion cysts at the wrist can be treated that way at home. Rupturing the cyst with the Bible releases the gelatinous material and it will shrink but not disappear. The cyst will reaccumulate synovial fluid and return in size. Ganglion only occur in tendon sheets and will not be on the face. Since the lesion is draining pus that means it is infected. Antiobiotics and warm compresses are indicated. Sebaceous cysts at your age can be related to acne. The fact that you now have a second lesion is worrisome. You need to make a trip back to your physician to find out what exactly is going on. He may need to refer you to a dermatologist or surgeon if he can't resolve the problem to your satisfaction
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    May 04, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    ok nose was paranoia...
    But this cheek one rrrg, I think it has grown deeper. >_<

    Im scared. How late is too late to get something removed?
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    May 04, 2009 12:17 AM GMT
    Go see the doctor.
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    May 09, 2009 11:34 AM GMT
    Go and consult to the best doctor....It may be serious in future...

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    May 09, 2009 12:23 PM GMT
    Go see a real doctor that isn't overworked seeing tons of students. But chances are HIGHLY likely, like one of them said, that it's a subcutaneous cyst.

    My main worry is that when you "poked" it, did you use a needle? If so, was the needle clean/sterile? If not, you may have an infection if it's painful and pink or starts becoming red. You mentioning pus made me think it may already be infected.

    But as far as it being just a cyst, I have one of those on my lower back, it sucks since it's been there for about a decade, and I don't really expect it to ever go away, but it doesn't hurt me or give me problems at all, so I leave it alone.
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    May 09, 2009 12:45 PM GMT
    I'm really disappointed.
    It's been over a month and yet no:

    "Would You Pop the Cyst of the Guy Above You"?
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    May 09, 2009 2:04 PM GMT
    Eeew! Gross but sure.icon_lol.gif

    My friend had cystic acne on his back and I did that for him. The test of true friendship.