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How Can I Tell My Doctor I'm Worried About Leukemia Without Her Thinking I'm A Hypochondriac?

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How Can I Tell My Doctor I'm Worried About Leukemia Without Her Thinking I'm A Hypochondriac?

Postby Luiginw » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:30 am

well, i'm 16.


and I've had health problems in the past, but idon't think my blood cells have ever been looked at.

I'm paranoid about cancer because i appear to have a lot of the symptoms,

the symptoms are:

The following are the most common symptoms of acute myelogenous leukemia. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

?anemia

?bleeding

?bruising

?fever

?persistent weakness

?fatigue

?aches in bones and joints

?swollen lymph nodes

i experience ALL of those except for i don't get frequent fevers. I also get red dots under my skin and headaches which are signs of ALL leukemia.

How can i bring this up to my doctor so that i am taken seriously?
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How Can I Tell My Doctor I'm Worried About Leukemia Without Her Thinking I'm A Hypochondriac?

Postby amiel24 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:48 am

She's going to ask you, "Why do you think you have anemia" What will you tell her

Bleeding from where and how often because nose bleeds can be from anything including irritated sinuse.
Bruising, how often and where do you get these bruises.
How long do they last.
What do you do that causes the bruising.
Fever, How often. what were you doing before you felt a fever.

Perisitent weakness.
What do you mean my that.
What happens where a young girl would feel so weak all the time.


Aches in bones and joints.
Are you in sports at school, Do you work out more that you should?

Swollen lympn nodes.
Show me where the swollen one are.
How often do you get them, Is it only when you're sick? "

These are only some of the questions she will ask. I can tell by the beginning of your list and the sentence before it that you looked it up.
Now you think you have leukemia.
Honey, these symptoms and not exclusive to leukemia.
Many, many illnesses can show the signs.
I'm not saying there's nothing wrong, I hope there isn't, Tell her just what you said.
If you have to write it down so you don't forget, do it.
I do before I see my Dr.
She will do bloodwork on you regardless and that should put to rest whatever anxiety you're feeling right now.
So what makes you so paranoid about cancer? Eitther way, you should have the blood test just to put your mind at ease.
Now you have to convince mom and dad that you want to see the Dr.
Good luck honey, I hope all works out well for you.
blessings
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How Can I Tell My Doctor I'm Worried About Leukemia Without Her Thinking I'm A Hypochondriac?

Postby Erhardt » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:55 am

Well if you go to the doctor regularly they should do blood work.
One of the tests they should do is a complete blood count or cbc.
The main indicator for Leukemia is a high white blood cell count.
If your white blood cells are ok most likely you are safe.
This is serious though, if you have these symptoms you should definetly tell a parent and have them make you a doctors appointment.
No question is a stupid question when it comes to your life.
If your doctor is a good one he or she will take everything you say seriously.
Better to be safe than sorry.
Good luck
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Postby Birtingr » Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:59 am

I agree- you sound well read and well aware of your body. Print out a list of your symptoms and ask her to check your blood cells. its a very very easy test for them to check- they can see the cells right away under a microscope. There are lots of other things that could be causing your problem though I think the petichae (red dots under the skin) are usualy a sign of low platelets too.


Hang in there. ALL is extremely treatable worst case scenario though chances are it is something else and not leukemia. Good luck!
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Postby Goldwin » Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:00 am

Just straight out ask - it's better safe than sorry, and I'm sure your doctor can respect that. Next time you see him/her, ask if you can get your blood examined or visit a hematologist. Explain that you are a bit worried about it, and even if nothing is wrong it would put your mind at ease. Your doctor will take the samples him/herself or refer you to a hematologist.
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