Should I stop worrying about lymphoma?
I am a 28 year-old female in generally good health. I do have an anxiety disorder, I am including that just to be totally honest right from the start.
I've had a lymph node (only one) on the right side of my neck that has been swelling since August 2010 (it first started as a result of a nasty bacterial infection that required antibiotics, now it comes and goes, it usually flares up when I have a sore throat or a virus). The lymph node is "small" according to the doctor (sorry no measurements). Also, no other swollen nodes (according to the doctor). Just recently (within the last 3 weeks) I have experienced abdominal pain and constipation (constipation relieved by laxatives and stomach pain seems to be getting a little better). I'm also having some itching that comes and goes (this appeared after I read about this symptom on the Mayo Clinic site, so I am unsure if it's a psychosomatic thing or what).
I've had blood work done 3 times now with pretty normal results. My WBC is usually a tad high (11.3 to 11.5) and my neutrophils are also a bit high (66%). Everything else is perfectly normal (lymphs 25%, RBC 4.84, Hgb 13.7, Platelets 303). My liver function tests are normal.
I've had an abdominal CT scan and ultrasound, both with normal results. My liver and spleen were normal size.
My doctor assured me that a CT scan would reveal swollen nodes and that would indicate lymphoma and call for more testing. Since my results didn't show that I am supposedly "in the clear". I keep reading that CT results mean nothing in terms of diagnosis and continue to worry.
Do you think I should stop worrying about this? Logically speaking, I have one swollen node (and it's small), clear u/s and CT results and good blood work. I guess the itching is keeping me worried. Please share your thoughts on this. Thanks.