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- Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:13 pm
Maybe I'm in the wrong area of this forum, but...
I have developed sunken cheeks - just within the past week or so. I would have noticed had it happened earlier. I've read that sunken cheeks are one of the symptoms of cancer, but I always thought that was for advanced stages.
I am tired all the time, but I've been tired for years. Aside from blood clots/pulmonary embolism a few years ago, I really haven't been sick in several years.
This past fall I developed an infection from a hangnail, and instead of disappearing right away like it normally does, it got really bad, and it took a good 2-3 weeks to get rid of. I thought that was odd.
I've had a dull pain in my lower left side that has come & gone for about 8 years now. The dr's couldnt find anything. And I figured that after 8 years, if it's still around, it can't be too serious.
A month ago I was very sick for about a week... the flu - first time in 5 years. But I keep getting more tired, the infection lasted longer than usual, and now my cheeks are noticeably sunken. What would make that happen so quickly? Is it something to worry about?
| Dr. Tamer Fouad
- Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:57 pm
Sunken cheeks are not considered a specific symptom/sign of cancer. It can happen with cancer as a manifestation of cachexia. However, what I think would be a more objective way to analyze your situation is to look for any significant weight loss. Rapid, unintended and significant weight loss defined as >10% of body weight in less than 6 months is something that requires immediate medical attention.
It would be difficult for me to help you further without an examination. Assuming your concerns are legitimate I would urge you to seek an appointment with your doctor.