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Old 06-04-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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anxiety and hypochondria-lymphoma READ ME PLEASE

Im 18, healthy, quite clever, happy person. But my hypochondria and anxiety seem to be getting the better of me. Whenever im ill I always refer to the C word. Iv had a swollen gland under my chin for about 5 years (was 13 at the time) and it worried me alot, and that is were I started using the internet to try and diagnose myself. I went to the doctors with it after telling my parents and they ran some blood tests and diagnosed me with mono. A few years later, i realised them at the side of my neck also, and at the back of my head in symmetrical places. So I looked on the net and alot of people said the texture (soft, moveable and symmetrical) meant I had nothing to worry about. But I then looked on the net for other places around the body where I could find them, and I looked at my groin and felt around and found 2 identical glands either side with about 5-6 lymph nodes also. They have been their for like 8 months and caused me no problems other that anxiety, but my doctor was worried about lymphoma and sent off for blood tests (they took about 5 tubes so I guess they tested for alot of stuff). But I went back recently, and they hadnt changed in size, texture or become painful. The lymph nodes are hard and small and dont grow. But they worry the hell out of me. Would it of shown abnormalities on the blood test if it was lymphoma ? I think he tested for almost everything you can in the blood.

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Old 06-08-2010, 01:26 PM   #2
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Re: anxiety and hypochondria-lymphoma READ ME PLEASE

The answer to your question is no. Abnormalities in the blood test results would not show if you had lymphoma. The only time tests would come back abnormal is if lymphoma affected the bone marrow. The best way to confirm a diagnosis of lymphoma is with a biopsy. As for your anxiety that is a complete different issue. Researching on the internet is great and the reason should be to gain knowledge, please do not ever try to diagnose yourself. It is very common to have swollen lymphnodes if you had mono, you may also have swollen lymphnodes if you have a virus it is very common. If you are still concerned then you should definately insist on a biopsy. Hope everything works out for you.

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