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    Old 04-30-2004, 08:17 AM   #1
    tinyblessings
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    Large Node on rt. side of neck....

    Hi all....I just found this wonderful site...and I read a lot of your post....unfort most of what I have been reading has lead me to become very concern'd about my husband....

    Over a month ago now....my husband discover'd a LARGE lump on his rt side of his neck....it goes from under his rt ear to his jaw, and down...it's approx. 2 1/2 inches wide...seems to be going into his neck muscle...and down to about an few inches from his collar bone....there is NO pain...unless he mashes it(out of frustration---wanting it to go away)

    We did go to the GP(which is saying alot for my husband...retired Special Forces---they are taught that with there mind they can beat anything) And the GP was extreamly concern'd...if my husband wasn't so muscluar and thickly corded in his neck...the lump would stand out like a sore thumb...it's about the size of a turkey egg(which is larger than a jumbo chicken egg)...and it dosen't move.....The GP put my husband on 2,000. mg of penicellin...and since my husband wasn't showing signs of an obvious illness...he said basically what he was doing, was a shot in the dark, while we were waiting for an appointment to see a specilest(sp--sorry)--we will be seeing one next week. My husband had a cbc done...along with liver, kidney panels drawn also...everything was in the range of normal....My husband has completed the round of antibotic...and no----the node(s) are still hard, swollen, not getting bigger...but not going away either...

    Back in 95, my son developed cat-scratch fever...and had an enlarged node(s) on his neck....BUT he had a raging fever...sick as a dog....and the nodes were hot and painful to the touch....the Doc has ruled out Cat scratch with my husband---because he has had no obivious illnesses....with the exception of a on and off fever with no other symptoms-----and not soaking night sweats...but he does sweat terribly, and his appitite is off also(my hubby normally loves his food...and his stomach has been off for a while now...

    Has anyone also suffer'd the same sypmtoms? If you have Lymphoma, do the nodes hurt? He works 12hrs a day----so he's tired normally anyways...so that is one symptom that is hard to use...except he has slow'd down a lot---he's only 51---we have had our go rounds with gallows humor----afraid to face what maybe down the road....We try to laugh(I really think they are backwards tears)...Looking for your reply...thanks,

     
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    Old 04-30-2004, 09:14 AM   #2
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    Re: Large Node on rt. side of neck....

    This does not sound good. I honestly don't mean to scare you but these are typical symptoms of lymphoma (sweats, low grade fever) and exceptionally large node(s). The node being painless and hard are also typical characteristics of nodes harboring cancer.

    I don't understand why did the doctor give him penicellin just like that??! Was he diagnosed with any illness before? doesn't make any sense...

    I suggest you see a doc as soon as possible and perform a biopsy. The fact that your husband "was showing no other signs of obvious illness" as you said is a good sign but further testing are required since whether it is a serious infection or cancer it will not improve on its own.

    Even if it comes out as the worse, lymphoma, more than 50% of the cases can be cured.

    Good luck, I hope he will get better.

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    Old 04-30-2004, 10:43 AM   #3
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    Re: Large Node on rt. side of neck....

    My husband had very similar to what your husband is

    going through. My husband had a lymph node reach the

    size of a baseball if not even alittle bigger. He also had on

    and off fevers. The one difference is my hubbys was tender

    but felt very hard and fixed. The doctors also tried first to

    treat this with antibiotics. The cancer word was mentioned

    a few times by the doctors. They even stuck a 19 gage

    needle in his neck and both doctors said it was a solid

    mass. He had a cat scan which found a nodule on his

    upper lung. We were both afraid and knew his symptoms

    were not looking so great. We went to meet with the

    surgeon { my } and he knew right away this was

    not a solid mass at all. It was a cyst and he had a major

    infection. The surgeon drained 3 containers of gunk. Very

    gross but was good news. The surgeon said he was almost

    certain the nodule was infection as well. He went back

    yesterday and the surgeon said this was not cancer. It

    had refilled again with puss he drained another 2 container

    Also the nodule went down in size. I hope all

    turns out well for your hubby. Please keep us updated.

    Haylee

     
    Old 04-30-2004, 01:26 PM   #4
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    Re: Large Node on rt. side of neck....

    Hey there,

    Well I hope your husband is getting better. Well first of all i think the doctor just prescribed some penicillin to see if he maybe had an infection in which case the penicillin would have killed the bacteria and caused the node to go down. Sometime doctors do this first to rule out infection before further tests are performed.

    It is a good sign that you said the lump does not appear to be getting any bigger. I am not sure how sweating really fits in with lymphoma. I know that drenching night sweats are a worrying symptom but i dont know about just generalized sweating during the day.

    Some symptoms like tiredness and fever could be indicative of lymphoma or a million other things!! Chances are if you have some sort of problem lymphoma or otherwise that is causing your lymph nodes to swell then your body will most likely produce a fever and some tiredness. It is just a matter of finding out why these nodes are swelling.

    When you see a specialist i would highly recommend getting a biopsy done NOW. I think unless the doctor really doesnt think you need one i would get one anyway. Not to scare you or anything, but a biopsy is a good idea. This will allow you to get peace of mind if it comes back negative and even if it does come back positive for lymphoma it has only been a month, so you could catch this very early.

    I thought of one thing when i was reading your description as well. I am pretty sure that a salivary gland called the parotid gland is situated under your ear and along your jaw. This is kind of a stab in the dark, but check on the internet for a diagram of where it is located and see if it is close to where your husband is swollen. I imagine your doctor would have noticed this, but you can check anyway.

    Hope everything turns out for the best, and let us know how your husband is doing.

    Greg

     
    Old 04-30-2004, 04:24 PM   #5
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    Re: Large Node on rt. side of neck....

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tinyblessings
    Hi all....I just found this wonderful site...and I read a lot of your post....unfort most of what I have been reading has lead me to become very concern'd about my husband....

    Over a month ago now....my husband discover'd a LARGE lump on his rt side of his neck....it goes from under his rt ear to his jaw, and down...it's approx. 2 1/2 inches wide...seems to be going into his neck muscle...and down to about an few inches from his collar bone....there is NO pain...unless he mashes it(out of frustration---wanting it to go away)

    We did go to the GP(which is saying alot for my husband...retired Special Forces---they are taught that with there mind they can beat anything) And the GP was extreamly concern'd...if my husband wasn't so muscluar and thickly corded in his neck...the lump would stand out like a sore thumb...it's about the size of a turkey egg(which is larger than a jumbo chicken egg)...and it dosen't move.....The GP put my husband on 2,000. mg of penicellin...and since my husband wasn't showing signs of an obvious illness...he said basically what he was doing, was a shot in the dark, while we were waiting for an appointment to see a specilest(sp--sorry)--we will be seeing one next week. My husband had a cbc done...along with liver, kidney panels drawn also...everything was in the range of normal....My husband has completed the round of antibotic...and no----the node(s) are still hard, swollen, not getting bigger...but not going away either...

    Back in 95, my son developed cat-scratch fever...and had an enlarged node(s) on his neck....BUT he had a raging fever...sick as a dog....and the nodes were hot and painful to the touch....the Doc has ruled out Cat scratch with my husband---because he has had no obivious illnesses....with the exception of a on and off fever with no other symptoms-----and not soaking night sweats...but he does sweat terribly, and his appitite is off also(my hubby normally loves his food...and his stomach has been off for a while now...

    Has anyone also suffer'd the same sypmtoms? If you have Lymphoma, do the nodes hurt? He works 12hrs a day----so he's tired normally anyways...so that is one symptom that is hard to use...except he has slow'd down a lot---he's only 51---we have had our go rounds with gallows humor----afraid to face what maybe down the road....We try to laugh(I really think they are backwards tears)...Looking for your reply...thanks,
    Lymphoma is characterized by painless lymph nodes unless they are pressing on an adjacent nerve. The nodes themselves do not produce pain. Lymphomas cause night sweats, that come and go. Indolent lymphoma can cause symptoms for a while(fevers, sweats, flu-like symptoms and swellings in the lymph nodes) and then stop and not have symptoms for up to six months, then the symptoms come back. Over time, without treatment the lymphoma can become aggressive, but the curious thing is that the aggressive lymphoma has a high cure rate, whereas the indolent lymphoma at this time appears to be incurable, but people have been known to live a normal life span with it as long as complications did not set in from other cancers or organ system failures. The doctor who specializes in treating lymphoma is the best person to connect with. They can not only tell you for sure if it is lymphoma, they can also provide the best treatment options. Everything here is speculation. A biopsy is important but, there is no danger in delaying for a while to get the best diagnosis. Please write back and let us know how things are going for you.

     
    Old 04-30-2004, 05:38 PM   #6
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    I will keep you all updated....the reason why the Doc gave him the antibotics was just a precautionary measure....He didnt think my husband had an infection...BUT...this was to rule one out, just in case...the amt of antibotic he told us, is the usual amt. that he'd give someone who was dealing with Phneumona(sp?) He wanted to make sure that route had been taken care of, before we see the other Doc who will most likely order a Biopsy(?) The Gp mentioned the possib of Cancer....and Lymphoma...espically with the size of the node(s)it's not a round golf ball size...it's odd shaped and it seems to taper back toward the neck muscle--that's where it gets tender at times...it drives him crazy....and we both wish it would go away...IT amazes me..how it basically pop'd up over night...Oh, and the GP looked at his ears...they are wonderful...looked down his throat...no problem.......We see the Specilist on Tuesday....husband getting fretful...and touchy....won't admit he's scared...(I sure would)....the what if's are terrible...What concern'd the GP is that there was no Major fever...nor was there any 'heat' in the node...which would indicate that there was an infection in it....also...the node is deft. fixed..and not moveable...my son...who is a string bean, has a node that pop's up everynow and then...and it's the size of a pea....(usually after a bout with a cold or some such)...and it is round and moves around under the skin....His Daddy's dosen't move at all....wish it did...I'd feel a whole lot better!!

    This thing is creepy....it is large---2 1/2 to 3 inches....in width...and approx(my guestimate) 3in possibly 4 long.....you see it more from the back then you do from the front...except you know that the whole area is swollen....it bothers him sometimes...espically if he has had a extreamly physical day at work and has done a lot of lifting and turning...thus aggrevating it due to all his muscles being worked...espically with a lot of head turning(he works at a bulk mail center EXTREAMLY PHYSICAL WORK ENVOIRMENT).....I'll keep you enformed...God bless!

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    Old 04-30-2004, 06:09 PM   #7
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    Re: Large Node on rt. side of neck....

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    A biopsy is important but, there is no danger in delaying for a while to get the best diagnosis.
    I completely disagree. In cases of aggresive lymphomas, treatment is required ASAP. So why delay biopsy for a while??? Biopsy is to only way to diagnose if the lump/node is cancerous or not anyway. Also, from the description above it is very not likely to be an indolent lymphoma type due to its progress in a relatively short period of time (1 month), and the fact that the lump/node is very large. It can definitely still be something else other than lymphoma, we do not know, it's all just speculations.

    My advice is: try to schedule a biopsy as soon as possible. It can be actually a medical emergency. Neglecting it can come out as a crucial mistake.

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