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Old 05-02-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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Am I crazy?

Okay - So I'm sure that there is nothing going on, but I guess medical school makes me a little paranoid. For the past month almost I've been getting headaches daily - not too bad, just like an annoying pain. One of the times, my vision got super blurry in my right and it really freaked me out. Other than that, I've been getting pains in my hands and feet on my right side and its kind of hard to explain the pain - I would just classify it as "growing pains" ? I don't know - probably nothing. But, I did notice that I have two palpable lymph nodes in my posterior cervical chain. They aren't huge, and they almost feel connected. They aren't super hard, more rubbery and they move.

Do I have anything to be worried about? Or am I just a hypochondriac?

 
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:05 PM   #2
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Re: Am I crazy?

The fact that you never mentioned pain coming directly from the lymph nodes may be a good sign, butthe headaches and the blurred vision is what's concerning. You mentioned that the lymph nodes almost seem connected and that both of them are swollen...almost connected. Lymphangitis is when an infection travels to surrounding lymph nodes via the lymphatic vessel. Since you mentioned the cervical chain, there is a possibility that you may have a staph infection. Have you had any open wounds within the last few months?

 
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:26 PM   #3
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Re: Am I crazy?

No, there is no pain associated with the Lymph Nodes and I haven't had any kind of infection recently.

 
Old 05-03-2012, 01:01 PM   #4
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Re: Am I crazy?

That is good! Chances are it could be allergies...I have seasonal allergies and during the spring and summer my lymph nodes often swell. I would try over the counter antihistamines like Zertec (what I use and it works great). If that does not seem to help, I would get bloodwork run (CBC, CMP, PTINR, and possibly a blood culture) as indicated by your primary care physician.

Lymphomas will generate a high white count as I am sure you are aware of. Other than that, there is nothing much else I can tell you since I am not your primary care doctor and do not have access to any charts. I would talk with your primary care physician first, because getting a referral is important to get in with an allergist or immunologist specialist. Did you have any more questions for me?

 
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