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birthmark hurting

I don't mean to be an old person just blogging about my health problems but this year, man. they're crazy! I'm not even old!

This one ends very stupidly though, I mostly want to write it up to help internet people.

I have a birthmark or strawberry mark or whatever on the back of my head. It's a bald spot. It has not made my life terrible, except it was tricky wearing pigtails, I had to make the part crooked.

Anyway while traveling for work I noticed it hurt if I leaned up against it or pressed it. Weird. I tried not to mess with it.

But as the week went on it got worse. It hurt all the time. It kind of itched. It felt bigger... I couldn't tell, I didn't totally remember the boundaries. So I did some googling about a birthmark hurting, birthmark growing, itching, etc.

The internet said I definitely had skin cancer and melanoma and weeks to live.

This was upsetting. I called my doctor and got an appointment for two days later, when I'd have time to go in... no hurry right? I had my husband look at it, since it's on the back of my head and I'd tried taking photos but it was too hard, he said it looked red and weird and was glad I was going to the doctor.

The morning of my appointment it hurt so bad and I was so convinced I was going to die I also called a dermatologist who told me they couldn't see new patients for MONTHS and I needed to see my primary care physician and I was like okay fine. I'd had trouble sleeping because it throbbed all the time, I wondered why I didn't just take off work as soon as I noticed pain because now I was definitely going to die, right? It wasn't until that morning that I got really worried.

Well I was fine. My doctor said it was just some stupid clogged hair follicle or zit or something. Stabbed it and told me to keep it clean. I did, and it went away. It was a total coincidence that it was on my birthmark, a lot of people get these on their head, I just never had before.

So I'm going to make it, internet.

Never a terrible idea to see your doctor I guess, I had all these apologies about how I felt stupid but it's on the back of my damn head, I can't see it! She said it was seriously no big deal.

I've had actual friends my age have to get skin cancer stuff removed. I've had actual friends my age die quickly of cancer! So I'm writing this up because you never read stories about "and then I was fine" kinda like when you're pregnant and so worried about the future, you never read about "oh my god I had a baby... and it grew up and lived to be 90 years old" None of that is shocking enough to go viral.

every day, millions of people are very boring.

that's my big news.



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Nov. 10th, 2018 10:03 pm (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2018 10:42 pm (UTC)
That’s the best kind of big news. Honestly, I think the world needs a lot more people who understand statistics and probability. Then maybe the internet fears might subside.
Nov. 10th, 2018 11:27 pm (UTC)
I had a tiny mark on my boob a year or so ago. And then it got bigger and then it got bigger and then it got weird around the edges and the internet said I was for sure going not live to the end of the week. I was bummed but it was what it was and I had had a good life.
Nov. 10th, 2018 11:34 pm (UTC)
I did not mean to do this in two parts but the enter key snaked me, again...

Anyway. After a couple of weeks I actually did not die. And then it got smaller and smaller and smaller until one day I noticed it was gone. So now, of course, I ignore everything on the internet. Not.
Nov. 11th, 2018 12:58 am (UTC)
Glad you're alright, what a scare!

I've had a couple of those "Internet, what do you think?" moments where of course the internet went "You gunna die". It's awful, makes you want to just stay away from internet advice altogether. It's so hard not to look stuff up when something is bothering you, especially if you have a bit of wait for a doctor appointment.

Sorry for the random comment, I saw your post on Livejournal's main page and just decided to give a poke.
Nov. 11th, 2018 01:01 am (UTC)
Yes, I knew better than to trust the internet for a medical diagnosis, but I went there anyway, about a patch of weirdly discolored skin. The internet said it was cancer. Made an appointment for the next week, and then agonized for days until seeing the doctor. She said it was a bruise, just an unusually colored one. Went away on its own.
Nov. 11th, 2018 04:22 am (UTC)
I am a very mole-y person with some family history of melanoma so I see a dermatologist twice a year even though I am only 33. I definitely sympathize with the "it's doing something funky!" and rushing in to the doctor. That said, better a false alarm than the alternative!
Nov. 11th, 2018 08:51 am (UTC)
Felicitations on your unchanged good health! I had a similar thing this week; went to great trouble to see the doctor because I was weirdly short of breath and had a sort of pounding heart when I woke up in the morning. By the time I got in, the EKG was totally normal and I decided it was from drinking a lot of Diet Coke, which I rarely have. Ha.
Nov. 11th, 2018 09:57 am (UTC)
Thank you for the smile! I am a certified hypochondriac and moments like these do happen occasionally in my life too! Glad you are ok :)
Nov. 11th, 2018 12:57 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that it was nothing serious! But, yes, always go to the doctor with anything strange going on with your body. I imagine it's usually nothing, but one never knows. Best to be safe.
Nov. 11th, 2018 02:50 pm (UTC)
Better to check and feel dumb than not and feel ded?

Glad it was just a follicle issue.
Nov. 12th, 2018 05:14 am (UTC)
A friend of mine had a similar scare - I can't remember what it was, but he thought it was skincare and it was actually a patch of dry skin. The condition does have a name...but I'm glad you're all right!
Nov. 12th, 2018 09:43 pm (UTC)
I absolutely approve of getting these things checked out! A few years ago, within a few weeks of each other I developed two brand new moles. One on my chest and one on my foot. Having read that brand new moles were suspicious, I got them checked out and was told they were both fine. Over the next year, the chest one disappeared. The foot one is still there and I check it sometimes for size, etc but it's mostly just sitting there exactly the same. I'm glad your birthmark was fine!
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