Hello, I am a 21 year old male who is having frequent panic attacks due to the medical condition I've been in as of late. About a month ago I was experiencing extreme testicular pain due to what was diagnosed as Epiditymitis and was sent home with 10 days worth of Doxycycline and Relafen. Three days into the medication it seemed to be working however around 6th 7th and 8th day it progressively got worse. I went back to the doctor and he prescribed me Relafen again along with Cipro for another 10 days. Slowly as time progressed the testicular problem cleared up (it still hurts from time to time but a considerable improvement) however, I started to feel more and more nauseous.
Then I noticed a lump on my neck around the size of a quarter that does not hurt when is touched, is firm, but still tender and is not fixed (it floats around when to push on it but moves back to the same spot when I'm done) right around my cartoid artery about level with my adam's apple. While it does not hurt when touched it feels warm and aches dully. Again I went to the doctor and he told me I had an swollen lymph node which scared me because the thought of lymphoma terrifies me (seeing as I thought it was simply a goiter). I have no idea how long the node has been enlarged seeing as I only discovered it about a three days ago. The doctor seemed unconcerned about the nausea he believed it is due to the 15 days of Cipro I've been on (and to tell the truth the nausea is still present but feels better today). As for the lymph node he feel confident that 7 days of Doxy should be enough to make it return to its normal size. However, my concern is I've been on antibiotics for almost a month now... shouldn't that have cleared up any bacterial infection that may be causing this enlarged lymph? Could I have some sort of viral infection that enlarges the lymph nodes and causes nausea? Wouldn't something viral explain why antibiotics did not help? Addtionally as I write this I feel my throat starting to scratch up could an enlarged node be a precursor to an upcoming illness like strep throat? Or does the strep manifest itself ususally before the lymph becomes enlarged?
My biggest fear is that I have lymphoma and it has comprimised my immune system to the point where it caused my Epiditymitis. I know this probably seems silly to someone trained in the medical profession, but I'm scared and no one in my life will even entertain the possibility that I have cancer to talk to me about it so I feel really alone. Thank you in advance sorry for the essay, but I wanted to convey the entire story.