Itching – an infuriating symptom of lymphoma
So far my lymphoma symptoms have been relatively easy to deal with. Yes, I’m now developing lumps on my neck of a size that make small children cry and their parents cross the street to avoid me. Well, at least that’s what I imagine. I get tired easily too. The one symptom that might just be a little bit more positive for me – weight loss – is nowhere to be seen. With a BMI of around 27 I’d welcome some easy weight loss, but I’m still piling on the kilogrammes. I suppose that I should be happy my fashion choices seem to conceal my ever-expanding stomach rather well.
Instead, over the last few days, I’ve started itching. I even woke up in the middle of last night for a scratch. It’s not really the sort of itch you can scratch to make it go away, although that fact hasn’t stopped me from trying. It’s an itch that feels as if it’s just below the surface of my skin, but nothing I do seems to make it stop. The location of the itch might as well be at the Earth’s core – it would be just as accessible to my fingers.
Anyway, the real point of this post wasn’t to moan, but to point out that unexpected, constant itching is a known lymphoma symptom. Nearly four years ago, the only sign I had lymphoma was a tiny pea-sized lump on my neck. All of the other common symptoms are shown on the graphic below.
If you’re suffering from any of these, please don’t delay – go and see your doctor. Tell them Tim sent you.