I’m 50 years old (hate typing that lol - 49 seemed so much younger!). I’ve been having night sweats - put down to menopause because of my age - had a hysterectomy due to endo and pre cancerous cervix cells about ten years ago. In the past few weeks, I’ve been exhausted. My kids were on Covid Lockdown recently due to their own symptoms - tests came back unclear and then when they were due to go back, there was a positive diagnosis at school. Only mention this as they commented on how much I was sleeping. I assumed I was just run down. I am really thirsty all the time despite drinking gallons of water which of course leads to regular loo trips - like twice or more an hour. I’ve been having severe back ache, headaches and horrible pains in my legs but I put down to an old back problem. I suffer from headaches anyway so not concerned about that. But the pains in my legs and occassionally my arms and hips are bad enough to keep me awake at times. Even now typing this there’s a dull painful ache in my legs. Its not stabbing but very uncomfortable. I took solphadine earler this evening which dulls it a bit but never takes it away fully. I’m allergic to aspirin so cant take that if it was inflammation or something.
Last Wednesday - the kids first day back at school, I gave in and contacted the doctor via their webpage. I outlined all of the above and sent in a picture of the petachie rash I have on my stomach. It is also on my chest but didnt want to be sending those pictures lol.
Initially the doctor was quite dismissive - I have depression and as usual its the cause of everything. I did say I was exhausted but could still manage to get my kids to school which is something I couldnt do when I had full blown flu two years ago.
She suggested the rash could be a viral reaction to having “snotty nosed kids” which is true. She asked for a picture so I explained I had already sent that in. She put me on hold and then came back and told me she didnt need to examine me but was sending me for urgent blood tests. The waiting time at the surgery was a week so she wanted me to go down to the hospital and get them done as soon as I could.
I went the next day after collecting the form she’d done. Of course I had to read what she wanted to test. It does say - seems well on the form. She’s testing me for everything from diabetes to kidney function and thyroid. The usual tests you get for a blood test. But what worries me is she asked for a bone profile, a blood film test in addition. Does this mean she suspects something she hasnt told me or is she just being thorough? I went to the hospital but when I said GP said the tests were urgent, I was told she didnt put that on the form so the results would take at least a week due to Covid etc.
My mum died of breast cancer, my father is in remission for prostate cancer and my gran (his mum) had a blood cancer treated with Thalomide but she was 93 when she died so I cant say that killed her. So cancer is on my mind although the more practical side of me is saying there could be a number of reasons for the symptoms.
I know you guys can’t make the time go faster - seems to be very slow at the moment. I am hoping i can ring on Monday and get some results. Would the doctor have mentioned BC if she was worried? What happens next if the results from the bone profile or blood film come back abnormal? Can you tell from a full blood count if it is BC and what type it is?
Thank you so much