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Lymph node issue on carotid artery left side of neck

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 16, 2008
  • 04:42 AM

In mid-2006, I began noticing a swelling and tenderness to a lymph node that was on the left side of my neck in the groove between my carotid artery and Adam's Apple. It would come and go. Then, later in 2006, the swelling didn't go away and I saw my doctor. He did all the tests for veneral diseases and whatnot. All negative. He sent me to have an MRI done with negative results. Then in 2007 I went back and he had sonogram and noticed that the node was swollen but less than 2mm in wide and blood was still flowing through it. The sonogram guy said he'd seen nodes that were cancerous and this didn't look like it. My doctor farmed me out to the hospital to have a need biopsy done. However, the hospital wouldn't do it because it was so close to the carotid artery. Nearly two years later, I am still having general swelling but now I got non-specific low grade headaches that seem to only affect the left side of my head. I have seen the Ear, Nose, and Throat doc twice who says nothing to worry about. But, gee whiz, come on, swelling and occasional low-grade headaches going on two years now. I am to the point that I wish I knew a doctor who would operate this close to the carotid artery and take this node out. What can I do? What should I do?

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  • Hi,I'm a bookkeeper, not a medical professional, so please check with your doctor about anything I say. My daughter had a swollen lymph node next to her carotid artery. The swelling was there for months, so her doctor (nurse practitioner) decided to do an ultrasound. The N.P. said it was still swollen, so they sent her to a surgeon, thinking that she needed a lymph node biopsy. My daughter said the swelling had gone down some, but that she could still feel the lymph node. So guess what? The surgeon said that he didn't think that the swelling was her lymph node. He said (now this is 3rd hand so please check it out with your medical professional) that the lymph node was swollen at one time, and then pressed on the carotid artery, which then causes some kind of malformation to the artery. He then said that this is normal and told her not to worry about it. Have your doctors figured out what's going on, since you posted this in Aug. of 2008?nblisa
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  • POSSIBLE, lymphoma.:confused:
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  • Hi there,This is nothing to worry about. I would listen to the ENT. I have the same problem. Either my node is still swollen or the artery is malformed from the node. The low-grade headaches could be from anything... you may have slight migraines or you may just be stressed. Trust me, from experience, even the slightest stress can cause headaches. What I would say is this: if you don't have unexplained fevers and/or violent nightsweating, lymphoma is not a possibility; dont listen to the above poster. I would listen to your ENT and your other doctor... doctors in this country are way too cautious to let something like this go if there was ANYTHING to worry about. If the thing continues to really bother you, go back to the ENT... he won't mind making a quick buck to reassure you that you're fine.Relax! :)
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  • Hi everyone,Just browsing through the internet. Reading the post concerning the node in neck. I am an RN and married to an ENT. 8 weeks ago I got a real bad sore throat in Calf. Came back to NC and had difficulty in swallowing. Notice a node in my neck left side, near my carotid. So,4 weeks ago..took anitbiotics because was having ear pain as well. Finally couldn't stand it anymore, let my hubby look down my nose and throat-and because he cant treat me, went to an ENT friend last week for diagnosis. He siad couldnt see anything, but lets get a CT of neck. Had one yesterday-Radiologist called saying a "node" was enlarged in the bifurcation of left carotid, and ask hubby to see it. (the CT scan broke after my exam) ha ha and so still waiting for the film/copy of test. Another note: I have been having headaches now for 3 days (never before) and opthalmic migranes (loosing vision in lateral areas for 30 mins at night). So, now I am worried. Will keep informed. CE
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  • CE, what did you find out about this?? RD in Raleigh, NC Hi everyone, Just browsing through the internet. Reading the post concerning the node in neck. I am an RN and married to an ENT. 8 weeks ago I got a real bad sore throat in Calf. Came back to NC and had difficulty in swallowing. Notice a node in my neck left side, near my carotid. So,4 weeks ago..took anitbiotics because was having ear pain as well. Finally couldn't stand it anymore, let my hubby look down my nose and throat-and because he cant treat me, went to an ENT friend last week for diagnosis. He siad couldnt see anything, but lets get a CT of neck. Had one yesterday-Radiologist called saying a "node" was enlarged in the bifurcation of left carotid, and ask hubby to see it. (the CT scan broke after my exam) ha ha and so still waiting for the film/copy of test. Another note: I have been having headaches now for 3 days (never before) and opthalmic migranes (loosing vision in lateral areas for 30 mins at night). So, now I am worried. Will keep informed. CE
    timestar 1 Replies
    • November 14, 2010
    • 02:03 PM
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  • CE, Would love to hear about your diagnosis. I relate well to the pain as it is behind my left eye causing headaches and blurred vision, runs in the left jaw and down my neck into the left shoulder. Please let us know what you found out. I would like to find a doctor or type of doctor that might recognize something. Worried the artery might rupture or something.-FLHi there,This is nothing to worry about. I would listen to the ENT. I have the same problem. Either my node is still swollen or the artery is malformed from the node. The low-grade headaches could be from anything... you may have slight migraines or you may just be stressed. Trust me, from experience, even the slightest stress can cause headaches. What I would say is this: if you don't have unexplained fevers and/or violent nightsweating, lymphoma is not a possibility; dont listen to the above poster. I would listen to your ENT and your other doctor... doctors in this country are way too cautious to let something like this go if there was ANYTHING to worry about. If the thing continues to really bother you, go back to the ENT... he won't mind making a quick buck to reassure you that you're fine.Relax! :)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2011
    • 04:59 PM
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  • In mid-2006, I began noticing a swelling and tenderness to a lymph node that was on the left side of my neck in the groove between my carotid artery and Adam's Apple. It would come and go. Then, later in 2006, the swelling didn't go away and I saw my doctor. He did all the tests for veneral diseases and whatnot. All negative. He sent me to have an MRI done with negative results. Then in 2007 I went back and he had sonogram and noticed that the node was swollen but less than 2mm in wide and blood was still flowing through it. The sonogram guy said he'd seen nodes that were cancerous and this didn't look like it. My doctor farmed me out to the hospital to have a need biopsy done. However, the hospital wouldn't do it because it was so close to the carotid artery. Nearly two years later, I am still having general swelling but now I got non-specific low grade headaches that seem to only affect the left side of my head. I have seen the Ear, Nose, and Throat doc twice who says nothing to worry about. But, gee whiz, come on, swelling and occasional low-grade headaches going on two years now. I am to the point that I wish I knew a doctor who would operate this close to the carotid artery and take this node out. What can I do? What should I do?So funny that you have the same issue as my 2yr old son. His is 4.7 cm long & they will not remove it cuz it's to close to the artey & too many veins. So the ENT is going to do radiation to make it smaller.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2011
    • 10:52 PM
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  • Hi, just kinda looking around for possible answers. IM 18 years old and for the last few months my lymph nodes have been swollen right under my chin and on each side of my esophagus. Now on each external side of them there are hard lumps. They are kinda thick feeling, maybe an inch long down my neck. I can hardly feel a hartbeat in them but righhht underneath the lump I can feel my heartbeat perfectly. Ive been getting muscle pains on the left side of my neck ans my heart occasionally will race.
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  • I have almost the same story. The similarity is remarkable. Did you ever get a diagnosis? Treatment? Thanks.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • December 12, 2014
    • 03:14 AM
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  • During a carotid ultrasound, the technician --absorbed watching the monitor screen and hitting the keyboard-- overlooked he was putting excessive pressure on my wife's left side of the neck. The next day, she awoke with a small lump that a few days later had grown larger and become painful at touch. Days later her nape was in continuous and increasing pain that radiated to the left scapula and the base of the cranium. After 4 months of misdiagnoses, the otorhinolaringologist (i.e., ENT) ordered a CT scan. By this time it was the size of a small avocado. The scan showed an abnormal mass, which was obvious to the naked eye. She demanded a biopsy, resulting in necrotic tissue and pus. Urgent surgery followed within hours. A lymph node had become infected, the infection spreading to surrounding tissue, getting dangerously close to the vertebral column and on the verge of going causing septicemia. She’s still recovering.
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