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About a month ago I had this white bump on the inside of my cheek. One day I was messing with it and I kinda chewed it off. Blood was everywhere. So it healed but it was a bigger white bump and then of course I chewed that off too (Sounds gross I know, I almost don't realize I do it) and then again and again. So the other day I was telling DH about it. How it was getting bigger and bigger. I showed it to him and the look on his face was horror. I looked at it in the mirror the other day and I must say it took my breath away. It looks like a huge wart the size of an eraser. So I made an appointment with our Dr this morning. He took one look at it and said, "I have NO clue what that is! Hopefully it's just a cyst. I'm sending you right away to an oral surgeon. He will take that off and send it for a biopsy." The look on his face and the way he said it really worried me. I know they take a week to get you a referal usually. I told him that I was due in October and he said, "Oh No. We will have to find out what that is before then. We should call you back within 2 days with an appointment. If we don't you call us." I got in the car and seriously though I was going to puke. I just started crying. I am NOT one to over react and even though I've had what could have been scary news before I've never reacted this way.<br><br>
I had my appointment at 1pm and every thought since has been about this growth. To make matters worse I've looked up everything on the internet and I've found pictures that look like mine that are cancerous and the survival rates for oral cancer aren't good at all. I hope I'm over reacting. I'm sick over it seriously. I don't want to stress DH out, he lost his Mom to cancer. I keep thinking about my babies growing up without a Mom. I'm freaking here.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> When is your oral surgeon appointment? I will send you good thoughts and hope the surgeon says it is nothing to worry about!
 

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I'm so sorry - you don't need this stress right now!<br><br>
It could be something completely harmless. I have a varicose vein in my mouth (YES, in my mouth! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ) that looks white/pink on the outside, but bleeds like crazy if ruptured. (At first I thought it was some kind of canker sore or something, so I tried to get rid of it. I know what you mean about the chewing. You don't even know you're doing it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) No one I've mentioned it to has ever heard of a varicose vein in the mouth (except one MD I talked to), so maybe your doctor didn't consider that possibility.<br><br>
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They haven't called me back yet. I almost feel like calling him and saying, "Please call and get me an appointment now! I can't take the stress!"
 

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I know it's hard, but try to stay away from the internet until after you meet with the oral surgeon. I, too, am an information junkie, but it can be SO stressful. Try to rely on some other stress-reducing coping mechanisms until your appointment. Go for a walk, watch a film tonight, bake cookies, play with your DH or child...whatever helps you reduce your stress and keep your mind off of it. There really isn't much of anything productive that you can do with your worry at this point.<br><br>
While I was reading your post, I thought, "cyst." Cancer didn't even cross my mind until you brought it up in your post. All kinds of strange things can grow (on your body and in your mouth) when you are pregnant; it doesn't necessarily have to be cancer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I want your little green dot to go away - I mean it. Back away from the computer...
 

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there are lots of other things it could be. The way you keep chewing it off is reason enough for it to grow and look absolutely horrible. It is probably not cancer. (Just because cancer sometimes looks like this doesn't mean that lots of other things don't look the same!)<br><br>
Try to remain calm. It is very scary. The doctors will give you high priority, with pregnancy and all. I don't envy you the surgery to get it removed though, or the recovery after, with a bunch of stitches in your cheek that you absolutely must not chew on!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I've had weird things (mostly as a kid) that "grew" and were removed by oral surgeons. Nothing serious, but nothing they could absolutely say "this is what it is and that's what caused it." Hope yours is as harmless and that, moreover, you're able to find a way to relax a bit until you find out!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Try to stay calm, I know that's probably impossible. Hopefully it will be nothing serious.
 

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I called DH and asked him to come home tonight. I found myself just bursting into tears all through the day. He came right home and is giving DS a bath. He is very calm and says that he thinks it's nothing. Just agitated where I've been biting it. He would say that if my head fell off though. It's nice having him here, it gets my mind off this thing and on to ways to harm Michael Vick and new movies like Super Bad. Thanks for the support <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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When I was 14, I got something similar to what you're describing along the right side of my jaw, on my gums. I was smoking at the time and I was TERRIFIED it was cancer, it kept getting bigger. What it ended up being was a blocked salivary gland, and it was removed in two hours of surgery and I've been fine ever since (though I still have a scar). Hopefully you have something equally as inocuous. Try and relax, have a glass of wine or something, and take it easy. Worrying won't change anything.<br><br>
Good luck and keep us posted!
 

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I had something just like that, got worse because I kept inadvertently biting it. It wound up being what Ayla said: a blocked salivary gland. It looks scary but is quite innocuous. So hopefully that's all it is! Very basic cut-it-out surgery and you'll heal in no time.<br><br>
Hang in there!
 

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Gosh, girl. Stay away from the internet and rent a few movies.<br>
I hope time passes quickly for you. Have a glass of wine or something to help you relax.<br>
HUGS
 

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Gosh, I'm sorry. That does sound scary. I pray it's nothing serious!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I went through a similar experience with my last pregnancy. I had a lump under my armpit at about 28 weeks and after a few weeks I couldn't ignore it anymore. In my eighth month of pregnancy I went to an MD (not an OB) and when she told me I had to have a needle biopsy I was horrified. I left the Dr's office and couldn't stop crying for at least an hour. I am NOT a crier, I am very even-keeled emotionally but this threw me and I could barely make a call to my midwife to tell her what was going on. Dh left work and came with me to get the biopsy. The Dr who did that procedure reassured me that it didn't seem like a malignant cyst, so I was able to calm down a bit and pull myself together, but I still had to wait 3 weeks for test results to find out I didn't have cancer. It turned out to be a mammary gland gone wild during pregnancy-go figure.<br><br>
There are many benign explanations for what is going on, so please try to stay calm. I agree with the pp who said it would be a good idea to stay away from the internet- it will only get you worked up. I hope you get the appointment soon! Hugs to you.
 

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I've been told that mysterious benign lumps are more common during pregnancy because of all the extra growth hormones in your body (that's also why skin tags seem to pop up all over, etc). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Please keep us updated Mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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