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    Readytogo,I completely agree. At this point, I've already quit pretty good, and haven't had the desire to have on for the last 2 weeks. I am determined to have smoked my last butt. Out of that burning curiosity, what's your opinion on my medical condition? Do you think it sounds very possible I have a serious disease? The strange thing is, I feel like I felt less sick before I stopped smoking. It was when I stopped I stated getting these symptoms! That's the part that confuses me, I thought I would feel better.

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    Before I even say anything about my situation, let me first give my "history" so perhaps everyone could advise me better. When I was in high school I never really smoked cigarettes. However by my junior year I had begun to smoke pot. For the rest of those 2 years I would smoke, at a recreational level. When I went to college believe it or not, I actually stopped smoking. However by my Junior year I had begun smoking cloves or kreteks. I heard from several people that these have more tar in them than normal cigs. I would say I would smoke these between a casual to extreme amount for the last 3 years. I could have half a pack a day or would go without smoking for a few weeks. This past summer, I stating smoking pretty bad though. The stress of my job got to me and I remember starting to smoke a pack a day. I didn't do this for too long, perhaps 2 weeks at most. I remember my throat starting to bother me like it was getting "tight". I could breathe fine, just that it felt like it was tight. I would switch over to normal cigarettes, and I had been smoking them for about the past few months. However recently I have been able to really taper off until last week, where I've cut myself off completely. Currently I am 23. Now here is my dilemma.As I started to quit, I noticed I was basically starting to get the symptoms similiar to throat cancer. My voice has gotten a bit hoarse. I'm starting to feel congested. My throat feels tight and like there's a ball of mucus sitting at the bottom of my throat. I think it actually might be mucus because it goes down a little when i swallow. the glands near my jawline seem a bit swollen too. Post nasal drip as well. How likely do you think it is that I've developed cancer at this point? I can't help but feel demoted that when I quit, I start seeing these things. Now I know a lot of responses from the forum will encourage me to just go see a doctor about it. So this is where the 2nd part of problem comes into play. Being perfectly honest, I had a routine checkup less than 2 months ago. Upon the list of usual questions, I denied being a smoker. I did this partly because I've been hiding this habit since I first started. I'm not particulary proud I smoke, and I guess I wasn't ready to start spilling the beans. On top of that, I did not want to endanger my chances of being rejected from my new application for insurance. I've heard of many people who were rejected to have coverage based on really small things before. Hence I didn't want to lose out on having a health plan. If I go back to that doctor and tell him what's going, am I risking losing my plan? Can he "write me up" as I was not being honest about my health, thus losing the plan?Obviously I'm a bit distraught as I am dealing with the actual physical status of myself, and then the potential treatment. I would love to hear from the forum about their opinions, in regard to both my physical well being and my physician situation. thank you very much.

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    I regret to say that recently I have had sex without protection. Me and my new girlfriend were feeling romantic but did not have any condoms nor was she on the pill. Because of this I agreed to not allow myself to climax and if I still did to withdraw before. Luckily I did not cum at all. However now I am finding out that pre-cum can cause pregnancy, hence I am freaking out. What are the chances of getting her pregnant through this? She does not think I should be worried though, because she told me she just had her period. However, we had sex about a week ago, and now she just got her period at about yesterday. I was somewhat under the impression that even if she did get her period, it is not an accurate indication of not being pregnant, because a certain amount of time must pass before you are truly safe. Taking all this into account, where should I go from here, and what should I be expecting?

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    so im not exactly an avid veggie eater, but i've decided to start eating more for health. problem is, it really doesnt seem to go well for me. for the past 2 days my stools have been like dark green colored. and i know this is from the veggies i've been eating, seeming it only occurs when i eat salad/veggies. whats going on? is this a sign of a digestion problem? or does eating large amounts of veggies affect the color of your stool like this? thanks for any info!

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    no, i cant see or feel an lumps. i thought hernias usually had significant pain to them as well.....so far this really isnt painful and i dont even feel it all the time. like i said thouugh, i do alot of physical activity...i've never had a groin pull or anything, so i wouldn't know what a groin muscle injury feels like. any of you guys ever get one?

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    no, i cant see or feel an lumps. i thought hernias usually had significant pain to them as well.....so far this really isnt painful and i dont even feel it all the time. like i said thouugh, i do alot of physical activity...i've never had a groin pull or anything, so i wouldn't know what a groin muscle injury feels like. any of you guys ever get one?

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    hey guys,I've kinda been feeling this discomfort in my groin area recently. Its located in the groin area, above the penis and to the left. Its not really too painful or anything. I started feeling it a few weeks ago, but I would only feel it when i masturbated. it seemed to go away for a littl ebit, but now i feel it every now and then. I do engage in lots of physical activity, so i'm not sure if this is just a slight groin muscle injury or something else. hope you guys can help!

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    Early today i noticed that my semen had a little bit of brown stuff in it. should i be assuming this is blood or something else? Also in the afternoon, i masturbated and saw there was still brown stuff. what should i make of this?

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    within the last year, i really feel i have noticed a change in my stools. within this year as well, i had my first year of college, where i was forced to endure some very unhealthy college food. during this time i felt my stools have changed especially in their color. it seems to be much lighter in color, often sandy colored or tan.also they seem to be much looser. as i got a checkup by a doctor, he believes this is a result of my diet. however my most recent bowel movement was quite odd. At first, i thought i craped alot of blood. then i realized it was in fact my breakfast being watermelon.(I only ate watermelon this moring) is it normal to poop out your food like this? i would think it would be digested just like anything else.could this mean i am having digestive problems/disease?

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    no i really havnt nopticed any other color change. as i was doing a little research i learned that in general vigourous rubbing/sex can make veins more apparent. could it be possible that this is just the result of the same thing?

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