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Old 08-08-2007, 09:23 AM   #1
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Please help-2 small, moveable, lymph nodes in neck

Hello Everyone,
I am an admitted hypochondriac, but I really feel like something's wrong. I found 2 very small, mobile, lymph nodes in the left side of my neck, towards the back, and have been to the doctor twice. I haven't been sick, had normal blood work, and don't know why they're there. The first time, my dr couldn't feel them and she referred me to the other dr at the same office. He felt them and said they were "normal" and was more concerned with my anxiety than the lymph nodes.

Question: Is it normal to be able to feel some of your lymph nodes, only on one side even if they are not swollen? I don't know what else to do because they both said they were nothing, but I'm still very worried!

Thank you so much!

 
Old 08-08-2007, 09:28 AM   #2
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Re: Please help-2 small, moveable, lymph nodes in neck

Yes, it is normal. A lot of times you may have been ill, they enlarged due to the illness and then never actually go back to their undetectable size. The more you poke and prod at them the more they will stay elarged. If they continue to increase in size and you start to develop other symptoms please go back to the doctor. In all of my studies on lymph nodes this is what the conclusion is: normal is up to 1 cm in size. If they are mobile and not hard. Rock hard nodes are typically malignant. Rubbery, fixed nodes are typically that way due to lymphoma. Hope this helps!

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Old 08-08-2007, 09:33 AM   #3
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Re: Please help-2 small, moveable, lymph nodes in neck

Thank you Deb! I've been reading a lot about them (bad idea) and was worried because they are only one side and are in the posterior triangle. How can you tell if they're rubbery?

 
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Re: Please help-2 small, moveable, lymph nodes in neck

Rubery would feel harder and fixed moreso than moveable and soft. By the nodes being close together it indicates that there was probably an infection that affected the nodes in that area. Leave them alone and only touch them LIGHTLY. When a doctor feels your neck he presses very lightly with his fingers. That's what you need to do. If you leave them alone you will see they will go down in size. They may never go away completly though. Take care!

Deb

 
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