It's me again. Having moles seems to run in my family- particualrly on the female side, and although I have more than I care to remember on my body I have never been too concerned about then from an asthetic point of view. I have lots of different types and colours too - some flat and a number that are like skin tags. I have often meant to go to the GP to have a mole check as it is difficult to tell if any of them are changing, particularly the ones in hard to reach or see places
but there have always seemed to be more pressing things going on at the time.
Anyway, about a month ago I woke up and when I looked in the mirror my stomach was all red. It seems that one of the moles on my tummy has got caught on something and was bleeding. It took quite a few hours to control the bleeding and I must admit I did pick at it slightly
to the point that it eventually broke off. I wasn't overly concerned and forgot to mention it to the GP but the day before yesterday a bigger mole (big enough to cast a shadow on my tummy) which was around 1.5 inches away from the first one started to hurt and when I looked down it too had started bleeding. I don't recall knocking it at all
before it was quite symettrical and rounded but now it looks all jagged and different colours and even though the bleeding proper has stopped it is still seeping and there is a red patch on the skin around it which feels hard. It is in an awkward place just in the crease of my tummy when I bend so even small movements keep aggravating it. I thought I would call my surgery to run it past my GP just to put my mind at rest really, and he told me to come into the surgery for him to have a look at it.
Upshot of it is that he has put me on his waiting list for minor surgery to have this one and 2 other moles removed (one which is right on the waist line at the back and often gets caught on my underwear or trousers and one on my mid back that gets caught under my bra strap). If it was purely for cosmetic reasons I would not even entertain having them removed, but these 3 in particular do often get caught or nicked on clothing and I think it is the right decision to get them removed and checked out. He said he will only do the 3 problematic ones for now as if he removed all of them he would be there all day
Interestingly enough, when he did the mole check it came to light that all of my larger, floppy moles are on the right hand side of my body, the same side I get my worst symptoms associated with my EDS
My main question (sorry to have rambled on as usual) is has anyone else with HMS/EDS had surgical Mole removal and if so how was the experience for you? My GP has already warned me I will be left with scars (nothing new there, I scar just by scratching myself with a nail) and that he will inject the areas with local anaesthetic which may or may not be effective because of the EDS - even that dosn't worry me as I have quite a high pain threshold when it comes to acute pain. He said he will send the offending moles away to be biopsied but he does not think they look sinister
Anyone elses experiences of this procedure will be greatly received.
Thanks for listening.