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Prolonged "cervical lymphadenopathy"

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 11, 2011
  • 10:35 PM

Hi there,

I'm just here to ask for some advice really.
I've had some swollen lymph nodes in my neck for around two years now. When the first one appeared, I went to the GP who sent me for a blood test after it had been there for 8 weeks. I'm not sure what the blood test was for I think it was for glandular fever?
Anyway the results came back negative so I was sent to an ENT who found more swollen lymph nodes mostly on the left side of the neck and one on the back of the neck (still left side). I was supposed to go back after a month if they hadn't disappeared - but I never did as it worried my parents quite a bit.

To describe them, the main one seems to be above my pulse in my neck. I can push it out and it feels pretty solid. I think there's a smaller one attached due to where it begins and ends.. If I feel around (it doesn't move) it goes from the bottom of where my neck begins near my ear down to my pulse area, in the soft tissue. (perhaps about 2-3 inches in length but not as wide hence the chain? The main one at the pulse seems to be around 3cm)

I don't have any symptoms so I'm sure it's nothing much to worry about as they've been there a while but I'm wondering whether I should have gone back to have the biopsy after that month. They've never hurt. Though they do sometimes feel as though they ache especially after a night out.

I'm not really sure why I'm asking for advice if I'm not feeling unwell. Is there any point in mentioning it to my GP? I've changed GP's several times due to moving around so they don't know my history anyway. Like I said, they've been there a long while. If it were anything untoward I would assume they would have grown a lot by now or other symptoms too... but equally they haven't disappeared.

Thanks :)

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