I have had enlarged lymph nodes on the left side of my neck for about three months now. They are not painful and they are rubbery and moveable. I also recently noticed one submandibular enlarged lymph node on the right side. I finally got in to see the doctor the other day and she noted an enlarged tonsil on the left. I have had sort of a scaly dry rash which my doctor calls seborreic (sp?) dermatitis on my face to the left of my nose. I'm not sure if there are palpable lymph nodes in my chest, but when the doctor was feeling there, she said "oh,yeah, you have some enlarged lymph nodes". I don't know if she was referring to where she was feeling at the time or if she was referring to the ones I already knew about in my neck.
My doctor asked about my dental health (fine to the best of my knowledge...I think if there was an abscess in my mouth I'd have some sort gum inflammation). So far my monospot test, rapid strep, and thyroid tests were all normal/negative. I have CBC, chemistries, HIV, and ANA tests pending and I am supposed to go back to see her in three weeks.
Other symptoms that I have that may or may not be related are pinpoint burning sensations that occur about 1-2 times per day, last several seconds, and occur in various areas of my body. I had pretty consistant pain in my left calf for a few months, but it got really bad when I had a cold a few weeks ago and then seems to have gone away mostly. I have periodic night sweats - maybe once a month and I also have restless leg sydrome that is atypical in that the movements continue during REM sleep.
I am going a little batty here trying to rule out the scary stuff without enough info. Does lymphoma (Hodgkin's and the like) show up mostly one sided or is it less likely to be lymphoma because I have the lymph nodes enlarged mostly on the one side? What about infection? Wouldn't I have some sort of soreness in my face if infection were the cause of the enlarged lymph nodes? GAAAAAHH. I HATE waiting.
Any insight you all can give me would be much appreciated.