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Prolonged Swollen Lymph nodes in Teenager

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 1, 2007
  • 02:18 AM

I've had my worries about my swollen lymph nodes since I felt one on the side of my neck (about 1.5 cm, mainless, kind of gushy to the touch) 2 and a half years ago. That summer I took my worries to my pediatrition. I was 14, I am male, and I do have mild acne. My doctor (who I originally went to) put me on antibiotics which changed nothing. My pediatrition (who saw me almost immediately) said that my blood test was perfectly healthy and everything about me (weight and height) was normal. He said that acne can infect the lymphatic system or something to that extent and that I could have them until I am 18. One thing that has worried me, a year and a half since then, is that I do have others that I have felt deep into my skin. Some at the back-top of my neck that are hard (and always have been) and some that are just at the back and sides again. Some of these I do believe I've had since the first one, but I do think I've had some new ones. They are painless and I have still felt healthy, etc.

My main question is should I see the doctor again. I remember my pediatrition saying to see my him again if they got bigger or harder. One has gotten a little bit harder, but barely. None have enlarged. My acne still remains. I would say that yes, I am a hypochondriact, but, it is always better to be safe than sorry. I really just need to put my mind at rest, because if I keep thinking I have cancer; I'll get it.

Quick Summary;

Male, Teenager, Swollen Lymph nodes, 2 years, Healthy

I'd appreciate as much information as possible. Googling can really get you scared, as my doctor said, but one can never be too sure.

Thank you.

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  • I have had exactly the same problem... im 19, 20 in a few months.. Can someone plz gic us some answers..can we live without worrying?
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  • hey.. I'm having the same problem as a 15 year old female. can anyone help us out???
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 29, 2009
    • 04:06 AM
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  • I'm 14, have the same issue, and have friends with it. It's reatively common and nothing to worry about.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 2, 2009
    • 00:46 AM
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  • i am 17 turning 18 in a few months. and i have had the problem since i found thelumps in my neck in the 7th grade. they never get any bigger or smaller and they don't hurt just like all of yours. i have seen my doctor twice about them and once about 4 days ago. he said that acne or scalp infections can cause them. and that overtime lymph nodes can scar from working so hard ot fight the infection. but i am still just as worried as you guys. as long as i can live a long healthy life with them, then it's no problem but i don't want to find out they may turn into something bad later in my life. i don't know what to do either. i don't know many people who have them. but i have 3 on one side of my neck, and 2 on the other. and i worry about them alot!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 28, 2009
    • 04:49 AM
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  • I've had my worries about my swollen lymph nodes since I felt one on the side of my neck (about 1.5 cm, mainless, kind of gushy to the touch) 2 and a half years ago. That summer I took my worries to my pediatrition. I was 14, I am male, and I do have mild acne. My doctor (who I originally went to) put me on antibiotics which changed nothing. My pediatrition (who saw me almost immediately) said that my blood test was perfectly healthy and everything about me (weight and height) was normal. He said that acne can infect the lymphatic system or something to that extent and that I could have them until I am 18. One thing that has worried me, a year and a half since then, is that I do have others that I have felt deep into my skin. Some at the back-top of my neck that are hard (and always have been) and some that are just at the back and sides again. Some of these I do believe I've had since the first one, but I do think I've had some new ones. They are painless and I have still felt healthy, etc.My main question is should I see the doctor again. I remember my pediatrition saying to see my him again if they got bigger or harder. One has gotten a little bit harder, but barely. None have enlarged. My acne still remains. I would say that yes, I am a hypochondriact, but, it is always better to be safe than sorry. I really just need to put my mind at rest, because if I keep thinking I have cancer; I'll get it.Quick Summary;Male, Teenager, Swollen Lymph nodes, 2 years, HealthyI'd appreciate as much information as possible. Googling can really get you scared, as my doctor said, but one can never be too sure.Thank you.ask your doctor about toxoplasmosis. my son who is 16 has had several swollen lymph nodes pop up in the neck area. he went thru several rounds of antibiotics, ct scans and mri's. the doctor decided to remove one for a biopsy and confirmed it was toxoplasmosis. toxoplasmosis is a parasite which is commonly transmitted from cats and undercooked meat.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 17, 2010
    • 08:15 PM
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  • Yeah like I am 16 almost 17 and I have had two lymph nodes in my neck for almost 8 months. had 3 Hiv Tests, 3 Cbcs and everything's normal. I don't have any symptoms except I get 1 canker sore every 2-3 months. My doctor doesn't like them but he has no idea because I am perfect besides the 2 lymph nodes.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 27, 2010
    • 03:34 AM
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  • Well I am now 38 and my lymph nodes have been swollen for 24 years now. At 14 it stared in my groin and then my neck, then airpits. Finally 2 years ago the ones in my chest swelled up . Other than my airpits, once the swell, they stay swollen. They don't hurt. They feel large about 1cm+ but they surprisingly don't show (and I am thin). I told a doctor about my lymphnodes several years ago and he just replied "that's not good". But he then said that I should only worry if they change in size. The problem is they quickly swell and then stay roughly the same size permanently. I did have large painful acne on my back and rear when I was a teenager, but not so much as an adult. Other than chronic fatigue and a poor immune system, I have been healthy. But I am worried that I have run out of healthy lymphnodes and I am one infection away from doom. My friend best friend has just been diagnosed with non-hodgekin's (sp?) lymphoma. I will be visiting his doctor in a few months for a biopsy. I will then post back.
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  • i am a 15 about to be 15 year old male and i have had the sme problem i have three sometimes two swollen lymph nodes in my neck.they have been there for about three years i have had MRI's that just showed they were swollen and at the time i had fairl bad acne but my doc put me on minocycline and it cleared me up but my lymph nodes are still swollen.i have also had blood tests that have come back normal and i am also concerned that i have hodgkins disease.the only health issue i have is constant head aches PLEASE post something to help me and all the others out.
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  • Well I am now 38 and my lymph nodes have been swollen for 24 years now. At 14 it stared in my groin and then my neck, then airpits. Finally 2 years ago the ones in my chest swelled up . Other than my airpits, once the swell, they stay swollen. They don't hurt. They feel large about 1cm+ but they surprisingly don't show (and I am thin). I told a doctor about my lymphnodes several years ago and he just replied "that's not good". But he then said that I should only worry if they change in size. The problem is they quickly swell and then stay roughly the same size permanently. I did have large painful acne on my back and rear when I was a teenager, but not so much as an adult. Other than chronic fatigue and a poor immune system, I have been healthy. But I am worried that I have run out of healthy lymphnodes and I am one infection away from doom. My friend best friend has just been diagnosed with non-hodgekin's (sp?) lymphoma. I will be visiting his doctor in a few months for a biopsy. I will then post back.Ok everyone just wanna tell you briefly about my situation. I too have had swollen glands as long as I can remember usually painful right before or after getting sick. Just recently I had a cervical node biopsy because it was swollen for 3 months and the only thing that came back was active for lymphocytes which is okay the only thing a biopsy is gonna tell them is if you do or dont have cancer. Since this surgery I feel constantly achy underneath my jaw and the incision has actually gotten infected twice so just be careful wish i never would have done it medically it dosent get you anywhere unless you have cancer but on the other side of that blood work will show elevated WBC, CBC...etc.... then ask lots of questions before you still do it and i dont recommend the removal of a node get a needle aspiration done. Good luck to everyone....
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  • I have had a lump in my neck too. I suspected it was a swollen lymph node as well. I have also had constant headaches where I feel like I have to push on my head to relieve the pressure. Here recently I have been having the same kind of feeling in my neck. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow. If I find out anything not stated already on here I will let you all know!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 25, 2010
    • 02:47 AM
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  • I have the same problem. About a year ago I got a swollen lymph node on my neck and the doctor said it was a bacterial infection. Gave me antibiotics and for some reason I never took them and lymph node stayed. Then I went to the doctor recently and he told me now I had a sinus infection. I told him I think I may have HIV or HPV, so I got a test done for HIV, chlamydia, ghonerea, syphillis (basically all STDS). I haven't gotten my results yet, but we'll see. This time I took the new antibiotics and I no longer have to clear my throat. The lymph node is still there however. Also I do have horrible acne (I'm 17).
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  • I'm a 15 year old female and I also have this problem although I've had them for as long as I can remember. It is on the right side of my neck just under my jaw...its maybe an inch long.. feels like there is like a chain of them. I have no other symptoms with them. I've never complained about them as they don't hurt and when I have regularly gone to the doctor he just looked over them... they havent grown in size and as soft and moveable. The internet can worry you because you start to think you have all these symptoms. But anyways, it seems like there are a lot of people with this problem so I'm not too worried although I have a problem with getting anxious. Anyways. If you want you should see a doctor... but I do wonder why this is.. well. Good luck
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  • I also have enlarged lymph node for a year and a half, it's under my tongue. I have some acne to go with it, too, but no other symptoms. I have been worrying because it's only one lymph node, all the time, but as I was googling, i saw that that's actually good.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 14, 2011
    • 08:45 AM
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  • I am an 18 years old female and I too have had swollen lymph nodes for a while, about 4-6 months as far as I know. There are over 500 lymph nodes throughout your body and I'm pretty sure other nodes are swollen in my body but as far as I can tell the only ones I can feel are in my neck. I got sick ALOT as a child, about 4-5 times a year (ever knew that one kid at school that was always sick? I was that child) I am a hypochondriac and insistently check my body for any possible sickness. When I first felt them in my neck I began freakin out. Googling everything I could to know about lymph nodes and their causes. I have found out that a lot of people... If not everyone, has swollen lymph nodes. People have had them swollen for years and years and not cause problems. If you get sick they sometimes (if not often) never go down. It's like a balloon; when you blow it up it gets bigger and stretches and when the air is gone that balloon is never really the same huh? So maybe you got sick as a child and they just never went down. I do plan on going to the doctor this year to have them checked out to be safe but for the most part I don't think it's a serious issue. Lymphoma is rare in people, especially people under 20. But I am not a doctor and like anything, there is that chance it could be something serious. P.S: if you guys are here you are probably touching them nonstop. Don't excessively pick at them, your health anxiety goes up and it can make them more swollen and tender. I know this cause I always do it to myself!!! I got a suspicious mole removed not to long ago only to worry that it affected my lymph nodes and I began prodding at them 100x a day! (no joke). When I start poking, touching them, they were the size I always remembered but I couldn't get my mind of it and after two weeks of constant finger jabbing they got bigger and tender. My mole biopsy came back benign (thank god) so my nodes are not affected and I just put my mind and body in agony for two weeks. Your mind is your worst enemy, remember that.
    Mikvahnrose 1 Replies
    • December 12, 2013
    • 11:50 PM
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  • I too have swollen lymph nodes in my neck. Primarily on my right side and right back near occipital bone. They have not grown just always felt big to me. I am a hypochondriac so I tend to jump straight to the "I must have cancer" scenario. I have had it for about 6 months or more.Haven't kept track but I still think of them time to time. Just recently I began prodding and poking them because I got a suspicious mole removed, and being a hypochondriac I began worrying "what else"... I honestly believed I had melanoma, and I believed it metastasized to my lymph nodes. When my biopsy came back Benign (thank god) I still was wondering why they were swollen. But I just think they are swollen just cause. We have over 500 lymph nodes. And I'm pretty sure that OUT OF 500+ lymph nodes some just are bigger. Our bodies fight of infections, bacteria ALL THE TIME. We come into contact with so many pathogens that if our nodes didn't work, we would be riddled sick. We have all gotten sick, maybe a few times, maybe a lot. I'm that person that gets the flu at least 3 times a year. If your lymph nodes swell they may never go back to its original size. Think of a balloon for example. When you get it, it's all small and firm. You begin filling it with air and it swells. What happens when the air is gone?? The balloon still looks bigger and stretched and not like what it used to be. Our lymph nodes are like the balloons. I plan on getting my nodes analyzed to be safe of course, but I don't think it's anything bad. If you guys are worried about Lymphoma or something, check it out but I highly doubt it. THIS IS COMING FROM A HYPOCHONDRIAC. Also take into consideration. Here are some facts.As of this moment. Are are 314 million people residing in America. People who have lymphoma (active and in recession) is about 600,000 (a little over)... I live in California and there are more people living in San Diego than people who have lymphatic cancer.Now yes, that number sounds like a lot, but if you figure the percentage (600,000/ 314,000,000) it comes out to be less than 1% of total population.The likelihood for someone under 20 years old to have lymphoma is .9%...not even 1% out of every 100,000. .9%!!!! And yet here we are! Seems like all the .9% of less than 20 something's have lymphoma just happen to be here..So considering that less than 1% of the u.s has lymphoma and that lymphoma is even more rare in younger people just shows how we can be over analytic of our body. Like anything though there is that chance, see a doctor if you want. But the likelihood we all have something wrong is very slim. Just thought to out in perspective how silly we sound.
    Mikvahnrose 1 Replies
    • December 14, 2013
    • 07:18 AM
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