I’m a 30 year old male and have had a swollen lymph node in on the left hand side of my groin for at least two months now.
I don’t know if all these symptoms are related but I’ll give you a symptom history of the past few months.
About 3/4 months ago I noticed I needed to urinate more frequently and couldn’t hold it in as long as normal. This problem doesn’t seem as prominent now.
Then about 2 months ago I first noticed my left lymph node was really swollen, about the size of a small grape. Just running my hands over my groin area I could feel it protruding. The right hand side of my groin was also slightly swollen.
About 6 weeks ago I became ill with a sort of cold. First I felt totally drained and as if my insides had been dried out, my throat also became really dry. I felt faint at times then the cold symptoms appeared - a runny nose and sneezing, then lots of mucus in my sinuses. These symptoms lasted for around 14 days in total, quite a long cold.
I’m not sure if this is anything to do with this but 99% of the time I pass a large stool on a morning, every morning. This has been my routine for years but these last few weeks I feel as if I need to pass stools more frequently but when I go I struggle to get as much as I used to out. This has resulted in me going twice a day and not feeling satisfied with either.
Last week I went to the doctors as my lymph nodes are still enlarged. The one on the left side of my groin has shrunk a little to around the size of a large pea but has held this size for a while now and isn’t shrinking any further. The one on my right is just slightly noticeable now.
The doctor examined it, she said it moved around well which could be a good sign then took some blood tests. Since she examined it (pushing it around) I’ve had small aches and niggles around my groin and lower stomach area.
I returned for those results yesterday with a different doctor. He said the blood tests came back normal but with ever so slightly increased inflammation markers, so slightly that it wasn’t significant. With the blood test being normal I’m thinking my long cold isn’t related to my lymph node problems? He examined me and said he wasn’t even sure it was a lymph node. He said he had to press real deep to feel it and it could be a fatty deposit. I wasn’t confident in what he said I don’t think he even noticed the one on the right side of my groin. I’m not sure a fatty deposit would grow and shrink like these also.
I’ve had glandular fever about 10 years ago and they tested for that and that came back negative. I’m from the UK and haven’t been abroad or near any cats lately either.
I have to return to the doctors in two weeks for a follow up review and to take things for there. I’m really worried and stressed about this, two weeks before anything further happens.
Any suggestions or advice would be great!