Re: Swollen Lymph nodes/ glands in SLE
Hi, Suzieq. Swollen lymph nodes were part of what drove me to the doctor and started me on my way to a diagnosis of SLE earlier this year. He thought I must have an infection somewhere and prescribed antibiotics, but I had no infection, just undiagnosed Lupus. The first one was a big lump behind my right ear, one at the base of my neck in front near the collarbone, and another one on the back of my neck just below the hairline. They scared the crap out of me because they grew so quickly. One hour, they were not there, the next hour, I had a peculiar sensation behind my ear and reached up and there the big lump was. And they were painful. The lumps themselves took many weeks to go away, although they stopped being painful after awhile. This was all before I began taking any medications for SLE. It has happened once since I started meds, but the lump came and went very quickly. Funny how this is your first instance of this after having SLE for so long. Sounds like you may be in a flare.