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Could it be lymphoma? Am I over reacting?

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  • Posted By: lacyma03
  • September 6, 2008
  • 06:15 PM

Where should I begin? Okay, First of all.. I'm 23 F

I have had a marble sized lump in the right side of my neck for about 6 months now. It is painless but definitely there/ noticeable. Oh, I should probably mention that I do not have health insurance currently. It will go into efect Oct 1st, but till then I only have sites like these to refer to for answers, insight and advice.

Anyway, so there's the lump in my neck. Combined with this symptom, I also have episodes where it is sometimes difficult to breathe, my chest feels very tight. I thought these were panic attacks at first, but now I am not so sure. It happens randomly, about once a week, if that.

I have the whole fatigue/ dizziness and lightheadness thing where if I stand up after sitting for any period of time, I lose my sense of balance and like can't see anything for a few seconds. It's gotten worse lately. I have always coupled that with the fact that I am anemic though.

These new symptoms: however, are what is bothering me the most. My legs itch non stop. Especially at night, for whatever reason. I just can't stop. And now I have random bruises that are just popping up. I wish I could attatch a picture so that it would give you a better understanding as to what I am talking about. These are random bruises just appearing out of nowhere. They don't hurt. kinda reddish looking in appearance. There's a couple the size of silver dollars on the back of my leg and it's very unappealing, to say the least. I don't know if bruising easily is a symptom of lymphoma or not, but I can't help but wonder if it's related to the lump in my neck.

Here's another concern. I have a couple atypical moles, one that appeared 3 yrs ago, and from the research I have done, it appears as though there is a possibility it could be melanoma. I have never been to a dermatologist before so I wouldn't know, but my question is.. if I did indeed have melanoma, and let's say that is has been brewing for 3 yrs now, could that have anything to do with the lump that appeared on my neck 6 months ago, the dizziness, and the itchy legs and bruises?

I know, these are a lot of questions, I may be mimicking that of hypochondriac and probably best if I just see a doctor, but the fact of the matter is I can't till Oct 1st. So for now this is my only outlet. And I want to have a better understanding as to what is going on inside my body and what to expect/ watch for, from this point forward.

Anyone out there with similiar symptoms? similiar stories?
Is lymphoma worse than melanoma, just curious?

Thanks for your time in reading this.. I know it was a long one. I have a tendency to be a bit long winded at times. Sorry.

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  • http://www.lymphomainfo.net/lymphoma/symptoms.html Lymphoma Symptoms There are some symptoms for lymphoma but most if not all are not specific to lymphoma (they can point to oSther diagnoses such as infection or "Cat Scratch Fever"). Note - not all symptoms appear in all cases, again problematic on making a diagnosis easily.Below are listed some symptoms and if they are indicative of a particular form of lymphoma (Hodgkin's Disease = HL, or a form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma = NHL):Lymph node swelling, often in the upper body area but it can be in almost any node or related lymph system organ. The node is usually NOT painful as opposed to infected lymph nodes which are common and can be painful(HL, NHL)A lack of energy, general fatigue. (HL, NHL) Weight loss - usually at least 10% over a short time (HL, NHL)Fevers which can come and go. This can be accompanied by chills or a feeling of temperature swings (HL, NHL)Night sweats - unexplained sweating at night, often drenching (more often HL than NHL)Itching - itching without an apparent cause or rash, sometimes deep in the skin rather than on the surface, sometimes on different parts of the body (more often HL than NHL)Fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) for over one week.Less Often:Some people have lower back pain that is unexplained (may be caused by expanding lymph nodes pressing on nerves). (HL, NHL)Lymph nodes are possibly painful after alcohol consumption. (HL)Skin patches, lesions, itching (NHL of the skin / cutaneous)What now?A good percentage of diagnoses are made during routine tests, x-rays, or even while pregnant. This is how difficult it is to diagnose lymphoma based on external symptoms alone.If you, a family member, friend, or loved one is suspected of having lymphoma, they should see a qualified medical professional like your own doctor. Lymphoma can be a very tricky disease to diagnosis. My best friends son was complaining of pain in hip & swelling in neck and Dr's did nothing from March-July. When he was finally seen Mid July after many tests and many biopsies, they finally diagnosed Large Cell Lymphoma Stage 4, the type he has is very rare. We almost lost him because the type of lymphoma he has is aggressive, and his whole body swelled. He has had radiation and is on his 3rd course of chemotherapy outta 5. He is home with his mom who is a nurse and a cancer survivor of a cancer not related to lymphoma 2 days ago, his 10 yr old son was seen in the dental unit of Sick Kids hospital for a lump in the roof of his mouth. It was assumed that it might be symptoms of a root canal he had 2 yrs prior. The swelling has gone up and down since June and he is finally being taken seriously. This child has beenseen by 4 specialists and without knowing the family history they have stated that it is probably lymphoma and are doing surgery on Sept 15. Dr's questioned as to whether father and son were exposed to something...father and son dont live in same house. We traced lymphoma back to fathers grandmother who after breast cancer developed lymphoma. Im not posting this to scare you but if you can trace family history I would check to see if they had cancer or any type of lymphoma diagnosed. Not everyone has the same symptoms of lymphoma because there are many types of it...same with any type of cancers.Insurance or not, there must be a way to be seen by a dr. Good luck in your quest As EvErCat
    kitcat48 80 Replies
    • September 7, 2008
    • 02:50 AM
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  • Thanks Kit Cat! - funny, thats my nickname for my 2 yr old daughter, Cali- :) I will be sure to get it looked at first thing once my insurance kicks in the beginning of Oct. Oh and I forgot to mention.. back in May, I had pretty severe lower back pain which I ended up having to go to the ER for since I couldnt stand up or function. I missed work it was so bad. Turns out it was just a muscle spasm of some sort, and the doctor at the ER gave me muscle relaxants and painkillers and some other prescription. While I was there I did ask about the lump in my neck.. he felt it, said yeah, I should definitley get that looked at, but that he wasnt qualified to give me any insight and my best bet was just to go to my GP.. only thing is I dont have a family doctor or any doctor for that matter, I never got sick up until this past year and can't remember the last time Ive been in a doctors office. Anyway, he said that my back was the primary focus and " emergency" he is treating. My neck is a seperate thing to discuss, but suggested I get it looked at pronto. Do you think the back pain could have anything to do with it. I mean, let's just say for arguements sake, i do have lymphoma. Would lower back pain be a symptom. Could it have been like pressing on the nerves or something, perhaps?
    lacyma03 1 Replies
    • September 9, 2008
    • 11:37 PM
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  • Lymphoma has so many variations and symptoms depending on what kind it is. I dont think that the "muscle spasm" is related...however... With my friends son, his presented with hip pain, before he even developed lump in his neck. It does make things especially hard when you dont have a family dr, believe me I know, I have the same problem.One thing I can remember back awhile ago is I had swelling in my glands in my neck. Lasted a long time so finally I went to Dr and found out the swelling was caused by infection of my lymph nodes. Hopefully its as simple as that. Reason for nickname is for 2 reasons...short for cathy and I had a cat called Kitcat....now ppl call me kit and cat lmao. Well keep me posted on how things go once the insurance kicks in. If you wish to email me or add me to msn, please do so @ semi_alert@hotmail.com Take Care As EvErCat
    kitcat48 80 Replies
    • September 11, 2008
    • 01:08 AM
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  • Hello.I have been reading this and want to share my story. I'm 16 now and maybe about 3 or 4ish years ago I discovered a small lump only right armpit. it wasn't big and I disregarded it. I tried shaving one time to see if that would work but it didn't. I told my mom and I think she tried popping it. I don't remeber if she actually popped it. Since then they would stay for a few weeks and then go. They never really hurt. I only felt a little discomfort when I poked it but other than that it was like it was never there. I never went to the doctor. At 14 I moved to a new state and the lump had been gone for maybe 6-9 months. I had noticed it again later on. It stayed for a few weeks and then it went away. About a year ago I noticed it in my groin area on the right side. Also the lump on my armpit switched arms and is now on my left armpit. The lumps on my groin area switch sides every now and then. And the lumps stay in the general vicinity. They stayed for a few weeks and disappear completely for maybe months and then they come back. I went to the doctor in maybe the first week of November but when I went the lumps were gone. I told her about were i had them and she said no told me worry about them and that it's normal. Maybe during the second or third week of November they came back. On the right side of my groin and on my left armpit. I currently had them now and I am going to the doctor this week. I have been doing some research and I'm afraid that I may have cancer, lymphoma possibly. I really hope not but I have had these lumps for years and I'm afraid that I may be in satge three of lymphoma without even knowing it. I'm very scared of this and of dying but i think I have it. The survival rate isn't high. Just five years. I have no other symptoms of lymphoma. Just the lumps that are about smaller than 1/2 an inch. I'm really scared of having cancer and I don't want to die. I'm really scared. Can someone give me some insight, experience or advice?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2011
    • 03:41 AM
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  • Hello.I have been reading this and want to share my story. I'm 16 now and maybe about 3 or 4ish years ago I discovered a small lump only right armpit. it wasn't big and I disregarded it. I tried shaving one time to see if that would work but it didn't. I told my mom and I think she tried popping it. I don't remeber if she actually popped it. Since then they would stay for a few weeks and then go. They never really hurt. I only felt a little discomfort when I poked it but other than that it was like it was never there. I never went to the doctor. At 14 I moved to a new state and the lump had been gone for maybe 6-9 months. I had noticed it again later on. It stayed for a few weeks and then it went away. About a year ago I noticed it in my groin area on the right side. Also the lump on my armpit switched arms and is now on my left armpit. The lumps on my groin area switch sides every now and then. And the lumps stay in the general vicinity. They stayed for a few weeks and disappear completely for maybe months and then they come back. I went to the doctor in maybe the first week of November but when I went the lumps were gone. I told her about were i had them and she said no told me worry about them and that it's normal. Maybe during the second or third week of November they came back. On the right side of my groin and on my left armpit. I currently had them now and I am going to the doctor this week. I have been doing some research and I'm afraid that I may have cancer, lymphoma possibly. I really hope not but I have had these lumps for years and I'm afraid that I may be in satge three of lymphoma without even knowing it. I'm very scared of this and of dying but i think I have it. The survival rate isn't high. Just five years. I have no other symptoms of lymphoma. Just the lumps that are about smaller than 1/2 an inch. I'm really scared of having cancer and I don't want to die. I'm really scared. Can someone give me some insight, experience or advice?
    sergnyc07 1 Replies
    • January 3, 2011
    • 03:47 AM
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