Hi all, I'm new here and I'm hoping to get some advice!
In October of 2009, I had mono. After doing some online research on lymphoma, I have read that this can be something that causes lymphoma later on. After my mono ended, my lymph nodes stayed enlarged. I ignored it for months until one day when I was feeling my neck and the right side of my neck seemed even more enlarged than it had been, right under my jaw. I went to my doctor, and was sent to get an ultrasound. I was told several of my lymph nodes in my neck were visible, but it was nothing serious or to be worried about.
Just a week ago, I had a CT scan done again on my neck for the same reason. (I'm just really worried about all this, so I went back to my doctor again). The results showed, again, several large lymph nodes in my neck..except this time I was told I had a swollen salivary gland as well. I talked to my doc and she said that probably all this time, while I was thinking that the lump was my main swollen lymph on the right side of my neck, it has actually been the salivary gland. I don't even know why a salivary gland and lymphs would all be swollen in my neck area! If it is an infection, its been a really persistent and long-lasting one!!
So to sum everything up, I have had a swollen salivary gland as well as several swollen lymphs for over a year and a half now. I feel like I can't breathe, and I can feel a lymp pushing on my windpipe. Not only is it annoying becuase I can't breathe, but it is a constant reminder that something might be wrong with me!! I have extreme constant stiffness in my neck, as well as an aching in my salivary gland area. I feel very fatigued, and am on synthroid to help boost my energy levels because my thyroid levels are slightly low.
I'm in college right now, and I just can't handle this kind of stress. My cousin and my grandfather both had non-hodgekin's lymphoma, so it makes me extra worried that it may run in my family.
It makes me so nervous because every time I say something about it to my doc, she says "just to keep an eye on it." Would it be ridiculous to ask to just have it removed?? Whether it is lymphoma or not, it is uncomfortable and it makes me constantly worry. Sorry this is so long, but thanks so much to anyone who took their time to read it! Any advice/comments would be wonderful