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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   i felt a lump in my jawline just last night
User :   it's small, the size of a ball bearing
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   k
User :   it hurts a little if i press on it
Doctor :   is it hurting?
User :   no, just when i press on it
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   where exactly on the jawline is it...if you could tell me
Doctor :   whether it is in the middle?
Doctor :   near the chin
User :   its on my left cheek,
Doctor :   or towards a side
User :   its on the side
User :   right below my 2nd molar
User :   but it's not in my gum
User :   it's inside my cheek
Doctor :   ok
User :   you know when you clench your teeth with your mouth closed
User :   and there some kind of muscle that tenses up on your jaw
Doctor :   yes
User :   its right at the end of it
Doctor :   go on
User :   cos i can feel the lump get pushed
Doctor :   so it is can you feel it now and see if the swelling moves?
User :   yes
User :   but its not swollen on the outside
Doctor :   I understand
Doctor :   have you had any fever or cough recently?
User :   nope
User :   and my lymph nodes are not swollen
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   you noticed this only last night you say
User :   yes
Doctor :   can you pinch your skin over the swelling?
User :   yes
Doctor :   or is it fixed to the skin?
User :   no its not
Doctor :   does your skin move independantly of the swelling?
User :   i can pinch my skin but i cant feel the lump because its very small
User :   and it moves around
Doctor :   hmmm
Doctor :   first of all I do not think there is anything to be worried about
Doctor :   however if you feel the pain increasing even without touching
Doctor :   i.e if it starts hurting
User :   ok
Doctor :   or if you feel that it is growing then you will need to show it to a surgeon
User :   what could it be?
Doctor :   Frankly I am not sure
Doctor :   it could be a small lipoma
Doctor :   however you would have noticed it earlier
User :   what is that?
User :   oh
User :   what kind of doctor should i go to , to get it checked?
Doctor :   i initially thought that it was a lymph node
Doctor :   it could still be the same thing
Doctor :   I mean a lymph node swelling
Doctor :   because in that area there are quitea few lymphatics
User :   no, because its hard, like a small ball
Doctor :   and small subclinical oral infections
User :   and its not super painful, but has a bit of pain when i pinch it
Doctor :   it may be a small skin infection...some sort of sebacious gland blockage too
User :   oh
Doctor :   yup like the old doctors joke goes,,,stop pinching
User :   oh
User :   hehe,
Doctor :   do you get pimples frequently?
User :   no, not at all
Doctor :   whats your age? and where do you work?
User :   it's way underneath, you cant even see it from the outside
User :   in 25
User :   im25
Doctor :   k
User :   you also cant see it from inside the mouth
Doctor :   oh you can feel it from the inside of your mouth?
User :   now it kind of hurts cos ive been pressing on it all morning
User :   nope
User :   i can only feel it from the outside
Doctor :   achcha
Doctor :   is there any discoloration on the inside of your mouth where the swelling is?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
User :   it's not even swollen on the outside
Doctor :   we will check with you in a couple of days
Doctor :   can I confirm your fone number?
Doctor :   and email?
Doctor :   Mobile : 0000
User :   what kind of doctor should i go to?
User :   so i can get tests
Doctor :   YYYY@YYYY
Doctor :   is this the first time you have had this?
User :   yes
User :   could it be cancer or something?
Doctor :   hello!!!! no boss!!!
Doctor :   it is most probably some sort a small infection in the I mentioned
User :   i am afraid it could be cancer, cos they start out as lumps right
Doctor :   it could be gingivitis/ sebaceous gland infection
User :   but then i dont feel sick or weird or anything, i just happened to rest my head on my hand last night and i felt it
Doctor :   dont worry about cancer
Doctor :   there is nothing to worry
Doctor :   you may need to refer a dentist if the hurting is really bad
User :   how can you be sure its not cancer?
Doctor :   we could give you a call to check on it from healthcare magic
Doctor :   cancerous lumps in this area are not that common at your age
Doctor :   are you a beetle chewer/tobacco chewer?
User :   no, im a light smoker
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   listen there is nothing to worry
Doctor :   do not fiddle with it right now
Doctor :   wait out for a couple of days
Doctor :   if it increases in size or in pain then consult a dentist first
User :   okay
Doctor :   you have not confirmed your details
User :   thank you so much
User :   my email is correct
Doctor :   so i believe you do not want a reminder
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   fine
Doctor :   chalo bye
User :   thanks
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