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2 y/o with swollen neck lymph nodes (behind ear)

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  • Posted By: vintage00gypsy
  • July 30, 2008
  • 09:43 PM

Unfortunately, we live in a very small town and traveling to a larger facility is difficult. The doctors have already made us wait almost a month. We finally got a referral to a pediatrician but we are still really concerned.

The size of my son's lymph node is about that of a hard boiled egg, as though it was pushed right in behind his ear. It also feels the same, as a comparison.

It is not painful. It is not leukemia.

It remained at that size for three weeks. After he had an ultrasound on it the swelling seemed to be cut in half. Doc says it had nothing to do with it- but after three weeks with no change and then having a dramatic size decrease immediately after the ultrasound is awfully coincidental to me.

Any ideas?

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  • I don't know much about ultrasounds but I've has about 4 MRIs. Every time I have it, I feel a little bit better. My mom's doctor joked with her that perhaps my doctors keep ordering MRIs in hopes that the magnets will cure me so they won't have to figure out what is wrong. Apparently there is something to that although I don't know the science behind it.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • I just wish I could fing anything online that looks like what his does. I haven't been able to. Since the swelling has been going down he's been very sick. Today he's got a 102.7 fever, swollen eyes, puking, not eating, etc... and the lump is getting a littlge larger yet again today. very strange.
    vintage00gypsy 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sounds like you seriously need to bug your doctors. Call them every day if you need to. It sounds like he has an infection of some sort with the fever and all.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies Flag this Response
  • I can understand that travel to a larger hospital is difficult, but I feel you really need to get another opinion and not wait any longer... Does your son have an appetite? Is he eating? How are his stools? Does he have a lot of pain at the lymph node site? DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I took him to Grand Rapids, which is the closest hospital. They ran all kinds of tests on him, but nothing. They figure it's some sort of infection and he is on augmentin now. The swelling is a lot smaller, it seems each time he's had an ultrasound it reduced in size dramatically. It hasn't changed in size (for better or worse) since he started the medication about a week ago. Three days left on the medication. I did find out it is in the cervical node (the other term I heard was occipital) but I am pretty sure it was settled on cervical node. He does not have an appetite, he's been living off of cereal and french fries because that's what we can get him to eat most the time. mind you- this child is a GOOD eater, so that is strange. His stools seem ok- perhaps more than usual- but nothing too out of the ordinary. Almost all other symptoms only lasted for a few days. I am assuming that they came because of all the crud in the node draining into the body.
    vintage00gypsy 4 Replies
    • August 12, 2008
    • 06:51 PM
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  • I am sorry you still don't have answers for your sons condition. Is it possible he was bitten by a spider or tick? At any time has he had a fever? Please do get your boy on a good quality children's chewable PROBIOTIC to help get his system back on track. Augmentin is a very strong antibiotic - the probiotic will help rebuild his ravaged intestinal flora. I use Jarrow's children's probiotic for my kids, but anything at a good healthfood store or online at www.vitacost.com would be helpful. This is important - eating yogurt is not enough to get his immunity back on track. This is a Chinese food therapy:Try to make a rice porridge with short grain brown rice: take 1 cup brown rice to about 4-5 cups water. Bring to a boil and then simmer over a very low heat for at least 2 and up to 5 hours. This is VERY soothing to the digestive tract, and very fortifying. A better choice than french fries!:rolleyes: Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • August 13, 2008
    • 00:16 AM
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  • I'm sorry to hear you have no answers yet. I am also dealing with what I think are lymph node problems in my neck and head but I can't seem to isolate the problem. If I find anything out in my search that might be helpful, I'll let you know. Please also post again if you get an answer.
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies
    • August 18, 2008
    • 07:18 PM
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  • Hi all. Thanks for the replies.First- absolutely no bites.His appetite has returned... for the most part.He did have a fever for a few days, but it went away.It is still slightly swollen, even after ten days augmentin. He ended up with a yeast infection and bladder infection after the augmentin.That was interesting. Not sure what to think of the fact that it is still slightly swollen. I am waiting another week, then getting more blood work done- just to be sure that the yeast and bladder infections are gone.
    vintage00gypsy 4 Replies
    • August 28, 2008
    • 05:00 PM
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  • Augmentin will do that to you. I'm sure DOM will post with great info on probiotics for the yeast infection. For the urinary tract infection, give him a small glass of pure cranberry juice every day if you can get him to drink it. You can dilute it with water just don't mix it with sugary juices or buy a juice cocktail as the sugar will make it worse.Did they run any blood tests on him? If so, can you post the results with ranges?
    dizzy lizzie 192 Replies
    • August 28, 2008
    • 06:21 PM
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  • Has he been tested for Lyme disease? The symptoms indicate infection and Lyme typically hits the lymph nodes behind the ear and in the neck. The fever is also an indicator of early lyme disease. One week of antibiotics would not be enough and the bacterial infection would likely reoccur.
    stringsjanusz 1 Replies
    • October 24, 2008
    • 03:28 AM
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