• How extreme can basal cell be?

    Asked by Redd on Sunday, September 23, 2012

    How extreme can basal cell be?

    I have always been one to be active. During the attempts to get help (times 1-2 months and only told..."go to your primary" and when I mentioned have lived out of state for a number of years and attempting at past primary physicians.... they would state, that they knew it would take a while, yet told me to get biopsied asap.)
    I had pain at areas and it began to radiate and becoming more intense. I also started having periods of extreme dizziness where I had to literally hold onto something to prevent falling down. I had recently began a new job. PT Nights at a LTC facility. I had to switch to PRN and then resign due to health issues.
    EXTREME Dizziness for hours, head aches, Being tired like never experienced before.
    After surgeries, my energy is gone. Difficulty using Left arm (Decreased Range of motion and unable to lift items without severe pain.)
    No one seems to have answers or they are not saying...(at the skin surgery center.... replies were "hmmmm"..... ????????????

    2 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had a bit of a hard time following your question, so I'm not sure if I am addressing the issues you intended. It wasn't clear if you concern is about delays in treatment for malignant basil cells or other symptoms.

      Are you saying you do not a have primary care physician where you currently live? You need to get a new primary care physician and have him/her get your medical records from your previous primary care physician. That should only take a few days. On a go forward basis, I would recommend you keep a copy of your medical records yourself as well so you can immediately provide information to other physicians as needed.

      Who is the "they" that is recommended an immediate biopsy? Is your pain radiating from a open sore? Your other symptoms don't really sound like that related to basal cell carcinoma. Have you been tested for an thyroid issues? Anemia possibly? Other immune system problems? Possible lymphodema? It sounds as though the skin surgery center you are going to is not a diagnostic facility and your symptoms may not have anything to do with your surgery or skin cancer.

      about 4 years ago
    • ScrapbookerKay's Avatar
      ScrapbookerKay (Best Answer!)

      I just had BCC removed last week. I didn't see my primary at all. I wanted a professional to see the spot I questioned, I made an appt to see a dermatologist. He immediately thought it was basal cell, but did a biopsy to prove it. Once the biopsy was positive, he gave me a choice of who he thought would be 2 good surgeons. I checked with ins. co. and both were on my plan. Derm. gave me a copy of the biopsy report to take with me to the surgeon. I met the surgeon, he read the report and we set up a time for surgery. The surgeon recommended that I stay awake for the procedure so as not to have to recover from being put to sleep. He said he didn't want to do the procedure in his office. He would remove the BCC and send it to pathology in the sight at the hospital to assure he had "clear margins". At this point, the specialists are sending copies to my primary.
      With all your other symptoms, you must have something else going on. My sister in law had BCC??? on her face that she now has to see an optometrist annually. This particular type of tumor likes to attach itself to the optic nerve. If you've had surgery close to your eye and you're dizzy, maybe you should see an optometrist.
      No matter what, you really need to get a primary. He can help you decide what the next step should be. Good Luck!

      about 4 years ago

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