'Dr Pimple Popper': John says he's called 'turkey gobbler' by bullies in his family due to his neck lump
John meets Dr Sandra Lee to show the condition of his neck that has been bothering him for many years, so much so that he hasn't met his family in five years
Dr Sandra Lee has always been there for her patients and even coronavirus pandemic cannot stop her. In the latest episode (October 29), Dr Sandra Lee met John, who has been suffering from a big lump on his neck. John revealed he first noticed the lump 20 years ago, and at that time, it was the size of a quarter.
However, over time it started growing and has now reached a point where it poses a problem. John thought the lump initially came after he visited a chiropractor. He recalled putting his head into traction and hearing a click sound that made him feel that something was ripped.
John admitted that the lump moves around but at night it puts pressure on his neck that makes him feel like he can't breathe. After struggling with it for years, John decided to go to a doctor and get it checked. However, the doctor stated a surgery could mean he does not feel one side of his face.
Hearing this, John dropped the idea of having a surgery. However, seeing how things are not getting any better for him, he knew it was time to seek help from Dr Lee. John stated it was difficult living with his condition. He recalled getting bullied by his family members and how they would call him names like "turkey gobbler".
It reached a point where John thought he could not take it anymore. His wife Teresa admitted John was a changed person after the lump started growing in size. She recalled John hesitating to step out of the house because of his condition. At the same time, John revealed it had been five years since he met his family members.
John admitted he wanted to get rid of the lump because he was tired of hiding. He always wore a T-shirt that would cover his neck in the hope that people will not notice the bump. John added that the lump would pull his neck down because of all the weight. Dr Lee realized how much pain John was in and seemed keen on helping him.
However, she knew things were not that simple. She noticed that the lump was placed at a spot that has important nerves. To make sure she was not taking risks, Dr Lee suggested they run some tests before jumping to a conclusion.
'Dr Pimple Popper' airs on Thursdays at 10 pm ET on TLC.