Possible lymphoma? Looking for some advice
Hi everyone. I am new to this board and looking for some advice from people who have been through this before. I am not DX with anything as of yet, but the docs have mentioned lymphoma (in passing) a few times to me. I am looking for your input; your "Yep, that happened to me too!", or even your "Nope, that doesn't sound like lymphoma to me" responses... Here goes:
I am a 36 year old woman, with a history of night sweats (not related to any hormonal imbalance). I have seen my doctor for these drenching night sweats before. He ran CBC bloodwork (thinking I was anemic), which all came back normal in 2011 (can't remember exactly when). The night sweats would come and go, with no real rhyme or reason. Many nights I would wake and have to change my shirt and pillow case.
Anyways, I am extremely fatigued, but have always thought it was just part of being a busy working mom. But who knows really...
The thing that made my primary send me to the ENT was an enlarged node in my neck, under my chin. It's a large marble (firm but rubbery, maybe about 1.5 cm). However, it too seems to wax and wane (never related to any infection, cold, etc). I remember feeling it over a year ago. It went away, and has come and gone a few times. Non-tender. In fact, I would have never known to look for it again, but I noticed it when applying my neck cream. It's been back for at least 8 weeks now. Now I find I am short of breath (not panting, but "hungry for air" and yawning constantly, if that makes sense). My ENT said he wants to see me back in 6 weeks (3 weeks from now) to check the node. He mentioned lymphoma as a possibility given my history of symptoms, but was sure to state that the node can be a dozen different things (which I understand).
I am not necessarily freaked-out or anything. I know I just need to see what he says, get a biopsy, and take it from there. I'm a pretty level-headed and relaxed person. I know *chances are* it is nothing significant. However, I have this nagging feeling that it is *something*. My sixth sense, if you will.
I am looking for some advice, input, stories etc... Can you relate to my story? Does this sound familiar to you? Thanks everyone...