Health advice needed

It’s been ages since I last updated, things have just been a little crazy with the car accident, being hospitalized, and then the holidays. I haven’t caught up on my flist reading yet, so I hope you’re all doing well.

As always, I’m reaching out to the collective hive mind of my flist for advice on a medical issue. About a week or so ago, I started noticing a localized pain midway down my spine. The pain is different from the chronic spinal pain I always have. Of course, it’s in an area of my back that I can no longer reach – the mastectomy destroyed some of my range of motion, so I literally can’t reach back to that area. Since the pain was steady and worsening, I finally had my mother look at it for me – she gets upset whenever she sees any of my many surgical scars so I try to avoid that. I apparently have a big lump right over my spinal column, about 1 inch in diameter. It isn’t a pimple and there’s no ‘head’, but it is slightly reddened and definitely tender to touch (I can’t really stand leaning my back against anything firm now).

After consulting the almighty Google, I’m guessing it’s one of two things – it’s either a sebaceous cyst or some sort of tumor. Obviously, I’m really hoping for the former and trying not to think about the latter.

So here’s where I need your help. Unfortunately,  I don’t have insurance right now and can’t afford to go to the doctor to get it checked out and treated. I don’t even have ‘leftover’ antibiotics from any previous procedures that I could take to try to bring the swelling (and hence, the pain) down. Does anyone have any advice, tips, suggestions, etc. as to what over-the-counter,  natural, or home remedies I can try? If it weren’t so uncomfortable, I’d be able to deal with it unaided, but I’m getting desperate.

So, any advice? Any and all suggestions would be tremendously appreciated. Thank you *hugs*


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