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neck lump for the past 4 months now

  • Posted By: yor516
  • May 30, 2007
  • 03:13 PM

I have a small neck lump on the left side of my neck over the carotid artery. I noticed it at the start of March. I made an appointment, and the doctor said it was probably just a swollen lumph node. At the follow up visit, the Dr. seemed more interested, since he noted that the lump was over the carotid artery. And I also had an itchy rash, over my cheeks and chin. And I had a couple itching episodes where from my shoulders up was itching like mad but it only lasted 2-3 hours. He prescribed a steroid cream for the itching. I'm often very tired, too. He thought maybe it could be lupus. So,I had two blood tests, CBC and an ANA. Both came back normal.

Anyway, my third follow up visit is on June 11th. Should I consider going to an ENT? Or maybe even an edocrionologist? I don't know if I should just wait and see what my Dr thinks, or if I should just start looking into another Dr.

I honestly thought this would turn out to be nothing, but now I'm starting to think maybe this is something that needs looking into...

Has anyone had these symptoms and did it turn out to be lupus, following a negative ANA? Or anything at all similar?

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  • actually, I meant for the past 3 months now :o
    yor516 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • anyone?:confused:
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  • I think it would be best to see an ENT, especially if the lump does not go away or get any smaller. I had a lump on the front of my neck for a few months and it turned out to be aggressive thyroid cancer. I'm not saying that is what you have, I just think it's best to go to a good ENT and get a biopsy so you "know" what you're dealing with. And.......to rule out anything serious. If you don't feel comfortable with whatever doctor you're working with, go see someone else until you KNOW what it is.Hope this helps.
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  • Sorry. I meant to say an ENT and.......a GOOD endocrinologist! Some ENT's are clueless re: thyroid cancer, so know who you're seeing ahead of time and ask questions.
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  • Thanks, sorry to hear about the cancer. I'm considering changing Drs now...My current Dr said that since the CBC and ANA came back negative, he didn't need to see me for 6 months. The lump is persistant, though it sometimes goes down, it swells back up, recurrant sore throat (feels like a long canker sore on the lump side), difficulty swallowing food sometimes, etc. And now the joints in my hands, wrists, ankles, feet are all achy. Right now I'm just treating myself by 'stacking' tylenol and aspirin, but I think maybe I need to change Drs. The symptoms are somehow multiplying! Acckk! Hope that everything is going well for you and thanks for the advice.
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  • well, the lump doesn't go away and come back.....it just seemed less bad sometimes.
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  • Did you have an HIV test done? Some of the symptoms seem to match HIV symptoms
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  • I had which sounds like the same thing.. They finely figured out it was Sjögren's syndrome. Which this is a sister to lupus. Do you have dry eyes and dry mouth? Go to a Rheumatologist.Sjögren’s (SHOW-grens) syndrome is an autoimmune disease – that is, a disease in which the immune system turns against the body’s own cells. Normally, the immune system works to protect us from disease by destroying harmful invading organisms like viruses and bacteria. In the case of Sjögren’s syndrome, disease-fighting cells attack various organs, most notably the glands that produce tears and saliva (the lacrimal and salivary glands). Damage to these glands causes a reduction in both the quantity and quality of their secretions. This results in symptoms that include dry eyes and dry mouth. In technical terms, the form of eye dryness associated with Sjögren’s syndrome is called keratoconjunctivitis sicca, or KCS, and the symptoms of dry mouth are called xerostomia. Your doctor may use these terms when talking to you about Sjögren’s syndrome. Sjögren’s syndrome can cause many symptoms. The main ones are:Dry eyes – Eyes affected by Sjögren’s syndrome may burn or itch. Some people say it feels like they have sand in their eyes. Others have trouble with blurry vision, or are bothered by bright light, especially fluorescent lighting.Dry mouth – Dry mouth may feel chalky or like your mouth is full of cotton. It may be difficult to swallow, speak, or taste. Because you lack the protective effects of saliva, you may develop more dental decay (cavities) and mouth infections.As noted above, both primary and secondary Sjögren’s syndrome can also affect other parts of the body, causing symptoms such as:multiple sites of joint and muscle pain prolonged dry skin skin rashes on the extremities chronic dry cough vaginal dryness numbness or tingling in the extremities prolonged fatigue that interferes with daily life. Hope this will help, god bless.
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    • August 23, 2007
    • 01:54 PM
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  • I believe I have sjogrens syndrome, I just don't know if it is primary or secondary? I have been absolutely miserable and seem to have new symtoms all the time. The worst however seems to be the throat and neck. I'm wondering if anyone has had the feeling that their neck is stiffening and their throat has a golf ball in it? It seems to be worse after talking or moving neck from side to side. I understan Sjogrens can go hand and hand with other autoimmune diseases. Could this be rhuematoid arthritis accompaning it? Thank you!
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    • August 25, 2007
    • 04:34 PM
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