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Old 03-08-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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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...

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Old 03-09-2012, 05:13 AM   #2
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Re: Possible lymphoma? Looking for some advice

Go with your instincts they are always right. If in doubt have it out...then you dont have to worry. Usually you should be aneamic or have other blood abnormalitys i would of thought , but doctors know best. It could any number of things. Tell the doc that you feel something is a miss..good luck

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Re: Possible lymphoma? Looking for some advice

Hi and welcome to the boards!
Sorry to hear of the symptoms you are having, I know from experience how annoying they can be. Based on some of your symptoms (fatigue, night sweats, swollen lymph node, etc.) lymphoma/cancer is a possibility; however, as you seem to know there are other things that can cause the symptoms you are having as well. Has your doctor checked your thyroid levels to make sure they are normal? A lot of the symptoms you are having can be caused by abnormal thyroid levels. Have you had chest x-ray or CT scan?

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