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  • Posted By: insane
  • November 3, 2006
  • 03:57 AM

About 3 to 4 months ago I started to get a bump on the upper right side of my neak that can be felt by rubbing the skin outside of it. I'm guessing it is a swollen lymph node but not for sure. I also developed a difficulty in breathing and a sore throat which usually starts when I wake up in the morning and slowly goes away as the day ends. I went to a doctor 2 times who told me it was nothing but allergies. He perscribed me antibiotics and allergy medecation the first time and just alergy medecation the second time. He said that I probably have an allergy to dogs. I live with two roomates who have 2 dogs but I also smoke. The symptoms don't seem to be getting worse, nor better. I'm still able to function at my job and the symptoms don't give me much pain but are annoying at times. I'm wondering if this is just allergies or something I should get checked out again? And if it is allergies, do they last this long?

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  • It is quite possible that none of these are related. If you have a bad posture, the muscles can knot up in your neck and this forms a lump (which comes and goes). But it could be almost anything and you should get it checked if you are worried about it. Your sore throat sounds like it might be because it is drying out (perhaps you breath through your mouth because your nose gets blocked due to an allergy). Your shortness of breath sounds like it might be an allergy or asthma, perhaps brought on by the dogs. Other common allergies are house dust mite (keep the dust down) and cats. You should be able to get a skin ****k test to help identify allergies. I am allergic to cats which make me itch, wheeze, sneeze and splutter, so I can sympathise. Sleeping with a window open if possible might help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 07:48 PM
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  • The dog does shed a lot and all my clothing have hair all over them, I have to buy lint rollers to get it all off. When I went to see a doctor, I told him about the lump and he rubed my neak to feel for it. He didn't tell me anything about it. He did look inside my mouth and told me that my throat was really red. Should I go have it checked out again? I'm just hoping its nothing cancerous or a tumor... I also get kinda worried when it comes to my health.
    insane 3 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 11:46 PM
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  • Everybody gets worried when it comes to their own health! It is not good that the doctor didn't tell you what he thought the lump was. I don't imagine he thought it was anything too serious otherwise he would have followed it up. If your throat is inflamed, it sounds like it could be a lymph node that is swollen. You should go back to the doctor since it is persisting, but it is worth checking out a few things yourself first. For instance, are the symptoms the same every day and to they occur if you are staying away from home? As for a tumour, it sounds highly unlikely unless you have a family history of this and/or are getting on in years. I have to say it sounds like an allergy if you are wheezing. It is actually the fine pieces that break off the hairs that cause the allergy. A dust mite allergy is very common also and shouldn't be dismissed. The answer is to keep the dust and hairs down in your room as much as possible and shake the bedding out (with a carpet beater if you can find one - you will be aghast at what clouds out of it!). The back of my throat itches like crazy when I am in the presence of a cat and this can certainly get my lymph nodes swelling up.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 10:03 AM
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  • Allergies can cause the lymph nodes to swell. Chances are it's not cancer. A good way to keep track of that is weight loss (or gain), an enormous amount of the time you are staying fatigued, dizziness, weakness,etc. It does sound like allergies though...
    Trina85 3 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 03:08 AM
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  • Thanks for all the replies and advise, I really appriciate it. I was kind of thinking the same thing of ruling cancer and a turmor out since I am only 20 years old. No one in my family have ever had cancer or turmors that I know of yet and quite a few of them smoke including my dad who, as far as I know, has nothing yet and has been smoking for quite a while. Although chances are slim, it could happen. I'm planning on going to see my doctor again and bring the subject up to see what he thinks. He did tell me last time to start taking allergy medicine and wrote down a few brands but I haven't had the time to go to the store to get some since I work a full time job that usually keeps me on the clock longer than a regular 8 hour day. But if anyone else has anything they would like to reply on the subject, I would really like them to. Thanks again... Oh yeah, the symptoms vary alot. What I mean is that sometimes I feel like they are getting better, but they always come back. The symptoms are usually just a dry throat, difficulty in breathing, and sometimes caughing and sneezing. They seem to be the worst after I smoke, but not all the time. I do stay away from my appartment most of the day when I'm at work. I also hack up a brownish looking mocus in the morning but I think that may be due to broncitous.
    insane 3 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 04:22 AM
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  • I'd definately get checked out about the coughing up mucous.... It doesn't sound like cancer though so I really wouldn't worry about that...However I do want to say that it is a common misconception for people to believe that they can't get cancer because of they're young age....I had cancer at the age of 16....I know others who have had it at a young age as well..I just wanted to reassure you in saying that it doesn't sound like cancerous symptoms.
    Trina85 3 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 05:27 PM
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