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Old 07-19-2007, 07:38 PM   #1
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Swollen Lymph Node in Neck - Any Opinions?

I went to the doctor today regarding my swollen lymph node in neck right below jaw. I noticed it last week when my skin felt tight on the right side of my face. I couldn't feel anything until I tilted my head back. It was a good size lump. It seems to change in size during the day. In May I had an ultrasound of my thyroid which showed nodules or cysts and two lymph nodes. I didn't question it and the doctor said I didn't have cancer and not to worry about it. If I had lymphoma would it have shown on that test? I've been having some sinus drainage recently and I get a hard mucous plug in my throat that is difficult to bring up. I had two in the last few days but I don't know if this is causing the lymph node problem. When the doctor felt my neck he said it's a hard node and this is something that causes concern. He told me not to worry that he would do the worrying. I told he I hope I don't have lymphoma and he said I don't. I know he said that because of my fear. He drew blood today to check my sedimentation (Not sure of spelling) rate and put me on 10 days of antibiotics. I go back in two weeks. If the lump is still there I do 10 more days of antibiotics and go back in another two weeks. If I still have the lump I get a biopsy. I know there is a lot of knowlege here and I would appreciate any responses or ideas.

 
Old 07-19-2007, 08:06 PM   #2
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This is my first time responding to a forum,but you should feel your own body and follow through. My husband several years ago had a lump on his gland and was treated with antibiotics and after a week he still had it, he was concerned and at first I said that he possibly was not taking his medication correctly and drank with the antibiotics. Finally after a second dose of medication he went for a biobsy, luckily he did- I thought it was just swollen glands but something made him go. It turned out to be a secondary area of cancer which metastisized from the primary area which was his tonsil. Thank god after a long road with an operation and radiation, he is a ok now. Not to scare you but please always follow things through, God Bless you, I'm sure you will be ok but get checked. Joannel47

 
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:47 AM   #3
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Hi Joanne, Thanks for your reply. I'm happy to hear that your husband is all right now. I will definitely do as the dr says because I am scared out of my mind. Everyone says don't worry about it but I'm a Virgo and we are worriers.

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Re: Swollen Lymph Node in Neck - Any Opinions?

It seems your doctor is using good practice in trying antibiotics first to see if the enlarged lymph node is a result of infection, especially as you have been having sinus problems. If the antibiotics do not make a difference, he will then do a biopsy to rule out cancer. I know it is worrying to have to wait and see but it is better to do it this way than to rush into possibly unnecessary tests at this point.

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Old 07-21-2007, 05:10 AM   #5
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Re: Swollen Lymph Node in Neck - Any Opinions?

Does anyone know if a lymphoma lymph node changes in size during the day. Last night I considered going to the ER because my neck felt so swollen and tight I was afraid it would actually close my throat. Then I thought what are they going to do at the hospital. I took a benedryl and went to bed. This morning when I woke up and my neck felt normal (except the node is still there) and now I can feel it again. I seem to have some sinus congestion today and a slight headache. I think all the people on here who have been diagnosed are incredible. You are all so brave dealing with this every day and trying to help others. I don't know what's wrong with me and I'm a basket case. My family just ingnores this like I'm making it up. They all say oh you don't have cancer it's probably allergies. I don't have a fever or anything to warrant this. Why would I want to make this up? I'm scared. Thanks for you answers and for reading my posts. God bless everyone on here who is sick. All my best, Lucy

 
Old 07-23-2007, 02:32 PM   #6
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Re: Swollen Lymph Node in Neck - Any Opinions?

I have similar problems like all of you....I have had swollen nodes in my neck for almost 5 months now, seen 3 doctors and every single one has dismissed it as nothing...no blood work, no scans, and refusal of antibiotics...I have been in so much pain that I can't sleep. The tension in my neck and the headaches are horrible! I hope that we all get some answers, and soon!!!
Lucy- when I was at my doc, he said that the hard nodes were a bad sign. I don't mean to frighten you by this....I just wonder how doctors can all be so inconsistant?!?!

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Old 07-23-2007, 03:50 PM   #7
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Re: Swollen Lymph Node in Neck - Any Opinions?

The strange thing, Lucy, is that it seems much easier to deal with once you are diagnosed. It is the uncertainty that is so stressful. So we understand your concern. That is why it is good to get all the necessary tests so that anything serious is ruled out.

Even though they say that hard nodes are not good, again, the only way to know for certain is to do a biopsy. That is why it sometimes takes a long time to diagnose lymphoma. Some nodes, like mine in the mesentery, are not visible and went unnoticed for probably years, as I had no other symptoms of lymphoma.
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Old 07-24-2007, 03:00 PM   #8
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Well I started the antibiotics Thursday night so it's been 5 days now and the lump is still there. I have a full feeling in my neck, hard to describe. It doesn't seem as large and I know I'm not supposed to be touching it but how will I know if it's going down? My pharmacist said it takes several weeks for a node to go down. I dread going back to the doctor next week.

I have another thought on this. I wonder if my thyroid nodules have anything to do with this. I had an ultrasound in December and it showed several nodules. From what I read, only a biopsy can determine if there's cancer. I remember that the nurse told me it was not cancer and there were several lymph nodes showing. I was so relieved that she said no cancer that I didn't question the lymph nodes. That's totally not like me to let something like that go unquestioned. I'm going to ask the doctor to look at that scan again because if the nodules are cancerous it could be in my lymph nodes now. I really can't see taking another course of antibiotics if it isn't working. Has anyone else gone through taking two courses of antibiotics before a biopsy or at least a CAT scan? Thanks for your replies. I'm really praying hard that this will turn out good. I have a lot of other people praying for me too. Prayer is powerful and miracles happen.

 
Old 08-02-2007, 10:32 AM   #9
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After 10 days of antibiotics I had my follow-up visit with the doctor today. The good news is that all my blood work including sed rate came back normal. The bad news is that I have more swollen lymph nodes in my neck bilaterally. He doesn't seem that concerned but I am. He prescribed a nasal spray and more antibiotics. I have been exposed to sick children recently so I may be fighting an illness. My ears have been crackling and I feel pressure. My sinuses have been bothering me too. Most people living in Florida have problems with sinuses and allergies so I'm hoping this is my problem. I've been taking benedryl every night which seems to stop the post nasal drip while I'm sleeping. My doctor dictates his notes before leaving the room. Today he said rhinitis, sinusitius, lymphoma I questioned the lymphoma and he said he doesn't think I have it. I told him that last time he said the node was hard and that I read that as a bad sign on the internet. Now he said semi-hard! Last time he said two rounds of antibiotics, this time he says three. Why do these things have to take so long. This is torture! Right now I feel that the additional lymph node swelling indicates an infection, probably sinus related. I'm hoping this round of antiobiotics will resolve my problem.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I asked if this could have anything to do with thyroid and he said he thought about that. Might do another ultra sound or CAT scan of neck. Thyroid nodules are on left side, lymph node swelling was on right. Last scan done in November.

Does anyone know if the sed rate can indicate a cancer?

 
Old 08-02-2007, 07:12 PM   #10
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Re: Swollen Lymph Node in Neck - Any Opinions?

Hi there, sorry that you are having to experience all of this, I do not intend to alarm you, but having so many antibiotics surely isn't good for you?

You become more likely to get thrush, and it effects your immune system, (so my doc says)

Just ask is all of this going to help, and don't forget it can take a couple of months for lymph nodes to reduce in size.

I wish you the best of luck Susie

 
Old 08-03-2007, 04:12 AM   #11
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Hi Susie, I know taking antibiotics isn't good. It weakens the immune system. It turns out that I am really sick now with a terrible sore throat, congestion, etc. I guess my other lymph nodes enlarged trying to fight whatever this is. The primary lymph is still the largest and most worrisome still. I never thought I would be happy to get sick but when I got the sore throat yesterday it was almost a relief.

I want to say that I have been following your posts and wish you the best. You have been through so much for so long. I can't imagine the toll it is taking on you just waiting and suffering for so long. Good luck to you I pray they finally find out what is causing your illness but most of all that it won't be serious. Take care.

Lucy

 
Old 08-17-2007, 06:15 AM   #12
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Hi Guys, Here's an update on my swollen nodes in neck. Yesterday was my third appointment with my primary. I've already done two rounds of 10 days on antibiotics and node is still swollen. I am really more confused now than ever. I can still feel the initial node but it seems to have decreased in size. He felt it and said it did shrink and it's rubbery now instead of hard BUT he said on the other side is a hard matted node. I really didn't even know it was there. Honestly I can't feel it. Is it so hard that it feels like my artery? I am thin and have a lumpy neck with my arteries and all. The nurse also asked me if I'm sick because my temp was 99. I'm really tired because of all this stress I'm going through. It's getting me down and now I'm starting to feel depressed and hopeless over this. He put me on more antibiotics which I think is bad. I told him I think I would like to see an ENT and he said it's a good idea and recommended one. He also order a CT scan. I asked him again what he thought and he said he still thinks it's a reactive nodes. He said if it makes me feel any better he's only seen one patient diagnoed with lymphoma during his career (he's mid 40's). He said it's really not a common thing to find. I have to see him back in 2 weeks, CT scan on Wed, 8/22. I can't get an appointment with ENT dr for more than two weeks so I'll actually see him again before the ent.

 
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I am sorry it is taking so long to get a confirmed diagnosis for your nodes. I do hope this set of antibiotics sort it out. Meanwhile, try not to worry too much .... I know that is not easy! It is good that you are going to have a ct scan and will see the ENT specialist. Keep us posted.
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Old 08-17-2007, 06:43 AM   #14
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I forgot to mention one other thing. My doctor said the one patient he had diagnoed with lymphoma went to the specialist and the specialist felt the nodes on the back of her neck and told her on the spot she had lymphoma before even doing a biopsy. He said the patient was upset about this BUT the specialist was correct. It was later proven true. My friend's husband had the same experience with the surgeon who removed his lump. He told him right away it was lymphoma before removing it. Anyone else have this experience?

 
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