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Old 08-09-2008, 06:54 PM   #1
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Swollen gland on the left side of neck

I've had swelling on the left side of my neck, slightly down underneath my left side of chin, for about 9 months. My throat has never felt sore, just felt swollen on the left side only. Some days, I felt that there was something stuck on the left side of my throat and drank lots of iced cold water to get rid of the problem. That did not work. I went to the doctor and she examined my neck and throat. She felt a lump, which was a lymph node gland, that was between 1-1.5 inches in diameter. I've have been feeling some symptoms of fatigue, swollen gland, and shortness of breath even when I'm not doing anything. In the last month or so, my symptoms have gotten worse than before. I've never felt this tired before in my life. I had a chest x-ray and blood work and they both came back normal. My doctor ordered a needle biopsy to rule out anything serious through an ENT specialist and I am waiting to know some information on where to go for my biopsy, etc. Since my tests, including the blood work came back normal, does that mean I do not have lymphoma (Hodgkins/Non-Hodgkin's) at all? I would appreciate any comments from anyone who have experienced similar symptoms that I've been having for a long time. Please help!

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Old 08-13-2008, 07:11 AM   #2
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Re: Swollen gland on the left side of neck

Hi there - it's good that you are getting a biopsy done. Definately proceed with that. That fact that you are fatigue could mean your thyroid. Many times nodes are benign. Good luck.

 
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Old 08-13-2008, 04:53 PM   #3
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Re: Swollen gland on the left side of neck

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Hi there - it's good that you are getting a biopsy done. Definately proceed with that. That fact that you are fatigue could mean your thyroid. Many times nodes are benign. Good luck.
I am scheduled to have a needle biopsy in a few days. They will numb my neck before they insert the needle in. I was told if the ENT specialist and/or pathologist cannot draw any tissue out to take to the pathology lab for testing during the needle biopsy, they will have to cut a small incision to remove the lump out. I will be under anesthesia if necessary. I am trying to be positive that it isn't anything serious. Thanks so much for your reply!

 
Old 08-14-2008, 05:24 AM   #4
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Re: Swollen gland on the left side of neck

Hi There - I know it's hard not to be scared - that's normal. Please let me know how it goes. Good luck.

 
Old 08-20-2008, 09:33 PM   #5
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Re: Swollen gland on the left side of neck

Hi! I'm having this *exact* same issue right now! It's even in the same area as mine! My doctors have no clue what's going on, and I've had the lump on my throat for about a month now! I had the biopsy, and while it does hurt, lymphoma was ruled out in the end.

Sapphire, I really hope you find your answers soon. If you're anything like I've been, you're probably extremely frustrated by the whole ordeal. Best of luck to you.

 
Old 08-21-2008, 11:27 AM   #6
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Re: Swollen gland on the left side of neck

The ENT specialist suspects that I may have a swollen salivary gland (submandibular gland) located underneath my jawline, right next to my lymph node on the left side of my neck. I am scheduled to have a CAT scan in 4 days to rule out for any tumors between those two glands since they both were close to each other. He decided not to do a biopsy yet until he is 100% sure which gland we are dealing with first. The doctor noted that the salivary gland was too close to the nerves of the facial muscles and he wanted to be make sure which biopsy is best and safer for me. We'll see!

 
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