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I've had some chronic issues for nearly two years- severe fatigue and digestive issues- and have yet to get a diagnosis. I had pretty much resigned to the fact that I'd just have to learn to live with it, but symptoms have been appearing that I cannot ignore and things are going downhill so fast. Four months ago, I noticed several swollen lymph nodes in my neck. In a period of less than three months, I lost at least 30 lbs without any explanation. I saw an ENT who said he saw nothing concerning but ordered a CT of the neck, the abdomen, and a chest X-ray. All clear with the exception of the swollen lymph nodes, which are still not a concern despite their persistence and accompanying symptoms. A month ago I developed constant pain under my rib cage which has not been explained. This past week, my ribs have swollen to the point that it is visibly noticeable. I have several lumps in my breasts that were said to be fibrous tissue, a swelling on my breastbone that has not been explained, and lumps in my abdomen that I was told were fat deposits. I have seen a total of 7 doctors in the past 2 years and not only has there been no explanation for my severe and worsening fatigue, unexplainable weight loss, persistent swollen lymph nodes, and a number of additional symptoms (including night sweats, mysterious bruising, among a number of others), but there has been no concern for my health. Even though it seems to me that all signs point to cancer, regardless of my tests so far, I realize there are quite a number of other possible explanations. But no one will biopsy one of my nodes, or do a bone marrow biopsy, or any test that would rule out cancer. And whatever is causing everything, it is ruining my life. I get worse and worse all the time and no longer have any quality of life whatsoever due to the constant fatigue, weakness, and worsening pain. But every doctor says there's no cause for concern, likely nothing serious. My most recent appointment ended with the recommendation to take vitamin supplements, as that would likely clear up all of my symptoms he said. Am I losing my mind in believing that constant pain and worsening fatigue and severe weight loss and all of these lymph nodes that never go away are actually a cause for concern? I keep expecting my symptoms to warrant some kind of urgency in getting to the bottom of this, but no matter how bad things get, the response is always the same. How can you get well if you can't find a doctor who is willing to determine the cause of your illness? I don't even know what to do anymore if no one will help me figure out what is wrong. I apologize for the lengthy post but I'm so hopeless at this point and am desperate for any advice anyone might have in finding the right doctor who will do a biopsy or try to figure this out somehow. I'm getting really close to just giving up at this point.
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