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Liver and spleen are enlarged

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Got my u/s results same day, which as we all know is never great news. Turns out my liver and spleen are enlarged. My recent CBC was normal so likely not infection or leukemia, and no visible tumors so likely not mets from another cancer. No sign of fatty liver, which honestly surprised me. I'm worried about lymphoma. Hopefully I can go over this with my GP soon - the doctor who first got the results was my GYN so it's not really his wheelhouse.
 

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Is it possible those organs are naturally a bit larger than "normal" for you? That's not unheard of, a lot of us have little things that don't quite fit the standard. Just curious.
 

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Nope, I've had ultrasounds before and they're definitely bigger than they were. I know a lot of people who've beat lymphoma so I know it's not the worst possible diagnosis but I'm still freaking out at the possibility.
 

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Please update us I hope your feeling ok


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Nope, I've had ultrasounds before and they're definitely bigger than they were. I know a lot of people who've beat lymphoma so I know it's not the worst possible diagnosis but I'm still freaking out at the possibility.
Just curious. Of course it's not the worst, but I certainly wouldn't "want" it either, so I understand completely. Whatever the case, I wish you well. Please let us know how things are going as you learn more. I still think it's very possible that nothing is really amiss, but that's just my non medically educated guess.
 

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My brother in laws father had lymphoma and his blood count was all over the place


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Just curious. Of course it's not the worst, but I certainly wouldn't "want" it either, so I understand completely. Whatever the case, I wish you well. Please let us know how things are going as you learn more. I still think it's very possible that nothing is really amiss, but that's just my non medically educated guess.
Yeah my doctor agrees with you. I think if I didn't have HA I'd just be mildly concerned.

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I thought it didn't affect blood work until very late in the process and even then not much, so that's really interesting. Hopefully that means if that is what I'm dealing with it's in an early stage.
 

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That was the first Thing they found wrong with him his white blood cells were out of control he’s fine now by the way


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I just Googled reasons for those organs being enlarged and a lot of different reasons came up, besides the c word.
 

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Yeah my doctor agrees with you. I think if I didn't have HA I'd just be mildly concerned.
I can definitely relate to that. I feel the same way regarding heart related fears. I tend to worry about things that really aren't the end of the world, but HA makes me feel like it's the worst possible scenario.

I thought it didn't affect blood work until very late in the process and even then not much, so that's really interesting. Hopefully that means if that is what I'm dealing with it's in an early stage.
I'm sure it varies from case to case. I just Googled it, and the most common early symptoms of lymphoma tend to be physical symptoms. It said there's no standard for screening because early detection isn't really a thing.

I think you'll be just fine. I'm sure there are many benign causes for the swelling of those organs. At least I would guess so.
 

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I can definitely relate to that. I feel the same way regarding heart related fears. I tend to worry about things that really aren't the end of the world, but HA makes me feel like it's the worst possible scenario.



I'm sure it varies from case to case. I just Googled it, and the most common early symptoms of lymphoma tend to be physical symptoms. It said there's no standard for screening because early detection isn't really a thing.

I think you'll be just fine. I'm sure there are many benign causes for the swelling of those organs. At least I would guess so.
I came across many benign reasons for it. You’re totally right!
 

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Yeah I know infections are a major one, but I haven't been sick at all unless you count a UTI. It's the spleen enlargement that worries me; liver alone I would assume is from the weight I've packed on over the past year. My GP is supposed to be calling me today, but dude is forgetful so we'll see if it happens.
 

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Whatever it is, sending positive vibes your way. Either it's "nothing", or it's something you will need to address. We'll be here to help along the way. :)
 

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Sending good thoughts your way .....keep us posted ....we are all here in support!
 

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Thanks everyone. It's so greatly appreciated; wish I could think of a way to express it properly.

My doctor, as expected, has completely forgotten to call me back, so I guess maybe I'll hear from him Monday. He seems like a good enough doctor but either his office is insanely disorganized or he has the memory of Dory from Finding Nemo. Oh well. Since it's Friday, I wouldn't be able to do anything about it over the weekend anyway; maybe it's better to not know instead of knowing something is up.
 

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A few days will not make a difference. Even folks who are ultimately diagnosed with a terminal illness, it doesn't change anything in any way if they wait a day or five for test results. The doctor won't make you wait if you're in serious danger.
 

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Yeah I know it won't make a difference in the long run, I just prefer knowing over not knowing, at least most of the time. If his answer is "we need to start seeking answers as soon as possible," I'd rather not know until Monday, but if it's "I think it's nothing" or "we'll check it again in a few months," I'd rather know now so I can worry a bit less. But I guess nothing to do but try not to think about it.
 

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I don’t know if this helps or not but for me, weekends were always a good thing because I knew the doctor office wasn’t open and I didn’t have to be waiting for a phone call.
Monday-Friday during business hours I was a wreck, waiting for that phone call. But after 6pm and on weekends, I could breathe a bit more.
 

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I don’t know if this helps or not but for me, weekends were always a good thing because I knew the doctor office wasn’t open and I didn’t have to be waiting for a phone call.
Monday-Friday during business hours I was a wreck, waiting for that phone call. But after 6pm and on weekends, I could breathe a bit more.
Not always! A couple months ago, after I had a vasal vagal fainting episode, I was debating with my GP whether and to what extent I needed a cardiac work up. I was trying to chill down on the weekend from all this stress when my cell rings..”private number”. I took the call and it was my doctor at 6:45 pm on a Sunday! She wanted to finalize our discussion and come to a decision and was too busy the following day so she called me on that Sunday night.

All turned out great by the way, but getting that call when I did was beyond scary.
 
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