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I have found it useful to keep a special box for my marbles, so it's harder for me to lose them. But then, of course, sometimes somebody else moves my box....
Actually, its not only common experience but there's loads of good research to show that stress, anxiety and depression are associated with an increased incidence of various physical problems, and reduce one's immunity, for instance.
Sorry to hear about the "thing" in your abdomen. If such an object is palpable ( ie he can feel it when examining the abdomen ) or visible on sonar or X-ray / scan, then there is SOMETHING there, and there are a great many possible causes, most of them, fortunately, not serious, but still a nuisance, and usually the only way to be certain is to do a biopsy, a minor op in which it can be looked at directly and either removed or at least a sample of it taken and looked at under a microscope. And with many of the inocent causes such a lump may wax and wane withoput obvious reason. So while he's probably not made a mistake in finding that there IS something there, only further checking will clarify what the something is, and what's best to do about it. Sorry to hear about this worrying and annoying and distracting even, especially at this time of year. Hope it all turns out to be easily cleared up
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