100 lb. Club - OT - Anyone in New York, please inquire within




Onederchic
01-15-2010, 04:32 PM
A couple weeks ago, I started having a burning/stabbing sensation on one spot on my upper right back. It wasn't constant but a fleeting pain that never lasted long. Last night while I was in the bath, we have huge mirrors around the tub, I noticed a HUGE lump on my back in the spot where the burning/stabbing pain happens. I had my bf look at it last night. He says it is about the size of a grapefruit and it moves around. Now on to my question (s)...

I do not know anyone in NY but my bf. He is umm not rich, I have no job and no insurance so I need to know what can I do to be able to see a doctor. Everyone's situation is different so I am asking for no mean or sarcastic comments. When I lived in Tennessee, I could go to the local Health Department for 5 bucks to see a doctor but I have been unable to find a place here where I can do that and I have googled until my googler broke, heh. So if anyone has some information to share with me, please do so.


dragonwoman64
01-15-2010, 04:43 PM
I'd call the local hospital and tell them the situation and see what they say. Lots of times there are low cost/free clinics. Sometimes a hospital or clinic will put you on a payment plan.

Check out medicaid. http://www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/medicaid/

It sounds like it might be a cyst.

if you're still at wit's end after exploring those avenues, PM me and I'll try to come up with more ideas.

Onederchic
01-15-2010, 04:55 PM
Thanks so much :hug:


CLCSC145
01-15-2010, 05:18 PM
Hmmm, you could look for a local urgent care clinic. They will generally be much cheaper than a hospital and more appropriate for non-emergencies. Or you could check with your city/county social services department for suggestions on finding low-cost health care.

And I'm not a medical professional, but I'd guess cyst too...

Onederchic
01-15-2010, 05:28 PM
Thanks CC, I will check into it too :hug:

PeanutsMom704
01-15-2010, 05:37 PM
I know there is a free clinic in NYC - maybe you could contact them and see if they can refer you to something in your area?

I'm not sure the link will work http://www.med.nyu.edu/nycfreeclinic/ but if not, just google New York Free Clinic

The other thing I found when googling that I think is your area is Albany Memorial Hospital/Northeast Health. They do a lot of public health outreach and I'm not sure if they provide free/low cost services, but they could be a good resource to help you track down somewhere in your area that does.

Onederchic
01-15-2010, 06:22 PM
Thanks so much :hug:

nelie
01-15-2010, 06:31 PM
If it is a cyst, there are 2 stages, one where you can't do anything (although a doctor could do a simple surgical operation) and it is under the skin and then where it is red/closer to the surface of the skin. I had one that went red and it bothered me a lot so I told my husband to look at it and we poked it with a needle and pushed the inside out, like a huge pimple. I did go to the doctor after just to have them check it and she basically said "why are you here? it looks fine". HA.

Onederchic
01-15-2010, 06:49 PM
It is not red and it is under the skin. When I googled about it, I came across lipoma but I won't be sure and unworried until I get it checked out x.x. Thanks nelie :hug:

thistoo
01-15-2010, 07:26 PM
I had a lipoma removed from my shoulder a few years back, just because it was in the way of my bra strap, but the surgeon said that if it was elsewhere it wouldn't have needed to come out. However, there were a lot of other scary potential diagnoses bandied about before they finally settled on the real one. You should definitely get it checked. Good luck.

CLCSC145
01-15-2010, 07:28 PM
A lipoma shouldn't hurt, but an infected cyst would...

Onederchic
01-15-2010, 07:36 PM
It only hurts when it gets "moved" about even in normal activities. It may be a cyst, it may be lipoma, it may be a number of other things. I am not freaking out, yet, but I am worried.

thistoo
01-15-2010, 08:32 PM
A lipoma shouldn't hurt, but an infected cyst would...

I did have some pain with mine, I imagine because of its location more than anything (right on the top of my shoulder, not far from my neck.)

Onederchic
01-15-2010, 10:02 PM
thistoo -


Did yours have some fleeting burning/stabbing sensations?

SNMomof1
01-15-2010, 10:24 PM
For what it's worth, my fiance just had a large (a little smaller than the size of a tennis ball) lipoma/cyst - they referred to it as both - removed from his back 2 weeks ago. He never had any pain with it, but that was a frequent question the docs asked... so I'm thinking pain is not uncommon.

I don't live in NY, but if you call your local Department of Social Services and ask for a medicaid worker, they should be able to direct you to any low cost clinics that might be in the area. You can also call an urgent care and ask how much it is to be seen without insurance and ask if they have payment plans available. I don't have insurance at the moment, and am VERY grateful I have had a wonderful doc that works with me on fees and prescriptions. (Although I've been with him many years and have only been without insurance for 11 months.)

I hope you're able to get it checked out soon. It sound very uncomfortable. :(

FitGirlyGirl
01-15-2010, 11:00 PM
I'm not in NY, but hubby is from NY. He says your best bet might be to go through medicaid. It's more difficult since you are in a small town. Does your boyfriend have a car and an off day that he could maybe drive you to a larger place (Albany or Troy maybe - both about 1/2 hour away) that might have free/cheap clinics? Or is there someone else that could take you if he can't?

Hubby googled and found this, maybe it's helpful:
Department of Social Services - they seem to handle medicaid issues
Saratoga County DSS, 152 West High Street,
Ballston Spa, New York 12020, (518) 884-4148

and

NYS Department of Health Regional Office: Capital District Field Office New York State Department of Health One Fulton Street Troy, New York 12180-3298 Phone: (518) 408-5318 Fax: (518) 408-5392

thistoo
01-15-2010, 11:16 PM
I never had any burning pain, that I can remember. Stabbing pain is a closer description. I was swimming for exercise at the time and moving my shoulder in that way made it hurt a lot more.

A lipoma is a benign fatty tumor, basically, so it's just kind of a build-up of fat under the skin. Nothing really dangerous about it, but it can hurt if it's in a weird place. On your back where you lean a lot without realizing would irritate it for sure.

Onederchic
01-15-2010, 11:36 PM
Roxy, thank you soo much! ♥


Thanks for letting me know, thistoo :hug:

dragonwoman64
01-16-2010, 02:14 PM
I had another thought, bursitis
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/bursitis/DS00032

Creeech
01-16-2010, 02:43 PM
Are you considered a NYS resident or Tennessee? Sometimes things like that get in the way when dealing with a NY based health insurance company. Personally, I was having stabbing pain in my shoulder blade and it felt like a knot but it just wouldn't go away. I went to the chiropractor and he said it's a muscle spasm wrapped around my nerve and that is what was causing all the pain. I know you're an avid exerciser, so consider something like that a possibility as well as the other suggestions. I hope you feel better :)

What part of NY are you from? I'm considered downstate in Staten Island.

-Stephy

cathydoe
01-16-2010, 03:01 PM
Onederchic...you are in my thoughts and prayers...please keep us posted!

Onederchic
01-16-2010, 09:28 PM
Thanks dragonwoman, I will check that out :hug:

Onederchic
01-16-2010, 09:29 PM
Creech - I have lived here almost 2 years and I receive my mail here so I would think I would be a NY resident. I am in Upstate NY. This is not a knot but rather a lump, a huge one. We have a list of numbers, thanks to people here and others, that we are calling Monday to try to get me in to see a doctor.

Onederchic
01-16-2010, 09:30 PM
Cathy, will do, thanks so much :hug:

FitGirlyGirl
01-17-2010, 01:32 PM
I was just thinking of you. Have you found a way to see a doc yet? I hope you're feeling better soon.

Creeech
01-17-2010, 01:49 PM
Creech - I have lived here almost 2 years and I receive my mail here so I would think I would be a NY resident. I am in Upstate NY. This is not a knot but rather a lump, a huge one. We have a list of numbers, thanks to people here and others, that we are calling Monday to try to get me in to see a doctor.

I think you need to get a Driver's License or ID card from NYS to be considered a legal resident. My boyfriend is from Florida and receives mail here but he's still considered a "Floridian" :P

ubergirl
01-17-2010, 02:21 PM
Onderchic, I am a health care provider, and though I certainly can't diagnose over the internet, my first thought, from your description, was lipoma.

Hope you were able to find someone to see you and thank god we're hopefully getting health care reform soon. I take care of a lot of uninsured working people. It seems silly to me that a simple thing like going to the doctor should have to be so complicated!

Judy Lynn
01-17-2010, 05:28 PM
:hug: Hope you find a way to work this out and get in to see a doctor pronto!

shcirerf
01-17-2010, 05:31 PM
This may or may not help, but http:///www.wchr.net/Women&Children/Every Woman Matters/EVERYWOMENMATTERS PG.html won't hurt to check into it. It would be a help with other annual check ups for you.

Hope everything turns out ok.

Onederchic
01-17-2010, 06:02 PM
Thanks so much ya'll :hug::hug:

Onederchic
01-17-2010, 06:02 PM
I was just thinking of you. Have you found a way to see a doc yet? I hope you're feeling better soon.

We have a list of numbers to call tomorrow so we got our fingers crossed :hug:

Onederchic
01-17-2010, 06:03 PM
I think you need to get a Driver's License or ID card from NYS to be considered a legal resident. My boyfriend is from Florida and receives mail here but he's still considered a "Floridian" :P

We will definitely check into that, thank you :hug:

Onederchic
01-17-2010, 06:04 PM
Onderchic, I am a health care provider, and though I certainly can't diagnose over the internet, my first thought, from your description, was lipoma.

Hope you were able to find someone to see you and thank god we're hopefully getting health care reform soon. I take care of a lot of uninsured working people. It seems silly to me that a simple thing like going to the doctor should have to be so complicated!

Umm, unless it would gross you out, I did get a picture of it earlier..well, the best I could with a web cam and trying to contort to get my back/side x.x let me know x.x :hug:

AbbySinthe
01-18-2010, 08:55 AM
Just wanted to :hug: and let you know I'm thinking of you. Keep us posted and let us know the outcome. :hug:

Onederchic
01-18-2010, 12:59 PM
Thanks Abby, I will :hug:

Onederchic
01-19-2010, 12:58 PM
FYI - Yesterdee was a holiday (I had forgotten) so we are making calls today. Will keep it updated here ♥

CanadianCutie
01-19-2010, 02:30 PM
Good luck with the calls Oneder