• Did you ignore some of the signs for your type of cancer? I came across this article about 6 signs of thyroid cancer, it was like

    Asked by bigjan on Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Did you ignore some of the signs for your type of cancer? I came across this article about 6 signs of thyroid cancer, it was like

    It was like they were talking to me!
    6 super subtle thyroid cancer signs I ignored
    Don't panic, but pay attention to your body. I didn't.

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      I did pay attention to my body from the get go. I experienced a brief tight belt cinching feeling around my abdomen that scared me and led me to go see my doctor. This is not one of the warning symptoms for ovarian cancer but it was a totally abnormal signal that something different was happening to my body. I had an uptick in belching at that time also but had been off my gastritis medication so figured that was the reason. My doctor looked at my chart and assumed my gastritis was acting up so restarted my medication. I have a nervous bladder, since my thirties, so frequent urination, another possible sign of ovarian cancer, was the norm for me. I did not have the bloating, and lack of appetite until months after being misdiagnosed. The coughing I started experiencing three months after that first visit to my doctor was basically ignored by my doctors, part of the gastritis or GERD. Turned out it was ascites building up in my upper abdomen. Never any abdominal or back pain , two other frequent symptoms of ovarian cancer. So, I should have been more assertive . I finally was when I was half dead from increased discomfort. Even then the doctor was reluctant to order a CT scan. The rest is history.

      12 months ago
    • lh25's Avatar

      I agree with paying attention to your body. I've gotten good at contacting my doctor when anything feels off.

      Before my diagnosis, I had heavy periods. I'd had them my whole life, one doctor told me to lose weight and they'd go away. So while they were a little heavier the last few years, it was very subtle. Looking back, I realize that was a symptom, but at the time it was not enough different to get my attention.

      12 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My only signs were swollen lymph nodes. As soon as I found the last one, I went to the doctor. The first two times, I didn't find them, I had gone to the doctor for allergy problems and he found the lump in my neck. Sometimes you don't have signs, and others you just miss them.

      11 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I had no symptoms. No cough. No shortness of breath. No weight loss. Nothing. I had a minute knot appear on my collarbone that didn't hurt or anything. I would have ignored it, but anot astute and careful doctor felt it and sent me for CT scans. The rest is history.

      11 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I am one who is great at self diagnosis. Friends had been urging me to see a Dr. nine months before I finally went to the Dr. I had lost a great deal of weight and was vomiting regularly. I just thought that I was depressed because my father had died. I finally went to the Dr. when the symptoms ratcheted up and there was a nasty stomach flu going around. at the time my weight had dipped under 100lbs I was afraid I might give the flu to my mother and handicapped brother.

      11 months ago

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