I first noticed a swollen lymphnode about 5 months ago, since then I've got a few small ones down both sides of my neck, and recently some have come up near my collar bone, and a big one that is palpable but not visible also on the left near the collar bone. They are squishy and movable but the big one is more firm and very movable. Feel fine other then these lymph nodes, so that means I should be preparing myself for cancer, right? Doctor Thursday.
You should absolutely NOT be preparing yourself for cancer. There are many symptoms of lymphoma aside from the lymph node involvement...you should look it up to reassure yourself that you may be overreacting. Also, just know that if you keep touching your lymph nodes to check them, you are irritating them and they could feel noticeable simply because you are aggravating them.
Good for you for getting your appointment with the doctor, please let me know what they have to say on Thursday, okay?
It would be great if that was the case. They can't really tell just from feeling them if they are lymphoma or not though can they? I'm assuming I'll have blood taken and possibly be put on anti biotics as well to see if they will go down.
The fact that you have enlarged lymphnodes does not mean that you have lymphoma.
Getting yourself checked is the best thing you can do. You`re right about the doctor not being able to confirm the diagnosis until further testing. Blood tests cannot confirm lymphoma, only a biopsy can give you definate answers. The fact that you don`t have any other symptoms is a good thing but not everyone has symptoms. Some people have symptoms such as fever, night sweats, loss of weight, etc. and some people simply appear with an enlarged node. Rest assured that one can develop enlarged lymhnodes for various reasons not only cancer. Please stay positive and hope all goes well with your appointmet.
So just home, he took blood to test for glandular fever and to check blood count. I'm quite thin too so he was able to easily see if my spleen or liver were swollen and they were not and I have no swollen lymph nodes in my arm pits or groin. He thinks it is probably something viral so that's it for now :/
I am sorry for what you are going through. I hope your Drs. appt. on Thu. was informational and I really hope that it did not show cancer. I just read this, as I was looking for help myself, and wanted to reply and wish you well.
I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow and see if my test results are back in, it's been a week tomorrow. If it's serious he normally will call himself, so I'm happy that I haven't heard from him yet. That being said, it could be just that he hasn't got the results back in yet.