I cannot seem to get the idea that I have Hodgkin's lymphoma out of my head.
I have a swollen lymph node on the back of my neck that has been there for at least two years, maybe longer. It's pretty small and firm, and it's painless. I have never had swollen lymph nodes anywhere else on my body, except below my jaw, but those only swell when I have a cold or the flu, and the swelling goes away fairly quickly.
I did have mono when I was very young, but I don't think I've had the swollen lymph node for 12 years.
I have very rarely had night sweats. When I have had these sweats, there was a lot of sweating, but they weren't soaking night sweats, meaning my pajamas only became slightly wet, and my sheets never became wet. I just get a lot of sweat on my face and the back of my neck, and I feel like I'm burning up. The sweats don't last very long. They usually cease after I've thrown the covers off of myself and fanned myself off a bit. (Are occasional night sweats normal?)
I also get itchy skin quite frequently. The itchiness only seems to occur on my legs, however. My legs will get extremely itchy at night when I'm trying to fall asleep, and sometimes during the day. I also get the occasional bruise on my legs, and I have no idea how they get there.
I have had a decrease in appetite and weight, but I have also been actively dieting for the past eight months.
Just for reference, I am a 20 year old female.
Reading about Hodgkin's lymphoma has made me sick to my stomach with worry. I know the obvious answer would be "GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR!", but I don't have health insurance, and I'm a poor college student, so I can't really afford to pay to see one.
So, should I be worried? Has anyone had similar symptoms or a similar experience? I just need a little peace of mind. I'm planning to see a doctor as soon as I possibly can, but that might not be for a long time, due to my financial situation.
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