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swollen lymph node for over a year

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 5, 2007
  • 06:21 AM

my lymph node in my neck has been swollen and big for over a year now and hasnt gone down, just gets worse and hurts when i get sick or something and makes the inside of my ears hurt sometimes, i went to the doctor and they took a saliva test on my throat and said there was nothing wrong, but i think hes wrong. can somebody please help me figure out whats wrong with my lymph node. thankyou so much.

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  • Oh my gosh I wish I could get an answer I am sory that i don't have one for you but I feel like i am in the same boat as you are in. I have had 2 lymph nodes on the back of my head that have been enlarger for over a year now. More and more lymphnodes in my body are becoming enlarged too! I am very worried about the whole situation and the doctors keep telling me i am fine but I feel like there is somthing more going on and lymphnodes aren't just dwollen for an entire year for no reason. I find something out let me know. Have you tryed going to get blood work done? The other thing that you can do is see if they will de a biopsy on it. They can iether remove the lymphnode completly or thay can stick a needle in it and pull out some of the fluid and look at that. I have tryed to get the doctors to do it and they won't because they say its normal with i belive that its crap and they are all full of it and lazy too. Good Luck with everything I feel for ya.
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  • i know how you both feel, i'm only at the 6 month mark, but my stupid ent insisted it was an infection, all my blood work came back normal (plus they never hurt and i was never ill), he wants to "wait and see" and i go back tomorrow to see just how long he plans on waiting and to tell him i want a biopsymy best guess for you, try a different doctor and keep on it....best of luck to you both
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    • December 13, 2007
    • 08:38 PM
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  • If the lymph nodes have remained the same size, even for a long period of time, it's most likely nothing to worry about. If they've been getting larger then there could be a problem. Sometimes after infection or illness, lymph nodes just don't shrink back to their regular size.
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  • Yep mine have been swollen for 11 years now, and hurt when I get any type of sinus infection or upper resperitory illnesses. I had sinusitis when I was 16 and after that they just stayed swollen. If you push on the gland or mess with it much , it will also make it sore from irritation.
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  • look into parasitic infections
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2009
    • 05:37 AM
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  • my lymph node in my neck has been swollen and big for over a year now and hasnt gone down, just gets worse and hurts when i get sick or something and makes the inside of my ears hurt sometimes, i went to the doctor and they took a saliva test on my throat and said there was nothing wrong, but i think hes wrong. can somebody please help me figure out whats wrong with my lymph node. thankyou so much.I had the same thing. I had a lymph node on the right side of my neck swollen and painful for over a year. I was prescribed numerous antibiotics and told that I should see a pyschiatrist because I was imagining it. But finally a doctor did a biopsy and I had a rare type of cancer that affects lymph nodes, it is extremely slow growing so the size will not grow very much over time. It was called acinic cell carcinoma. Ask for a biopsy.
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    • December 31, 2009
    • 06:24 PM
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  • I'm no expert but have been looking into this thing for a while, check out a condition called Sarcoidosis....
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  • O agree with the lymphnode could have just remained swollen after an infection. Also there are tons of things not infection related that can cause your lymphnodes to swell from my understanding. Usually if a lymohnide isn't sore by its own accord than you probably have nothing to worry about. But if it is sore,tender or etc then you may want to look at it more. If you really want a node taken out I suggest checking with a different doctor. Also I don't suggest this as you could have an underlying cause but if you know you are fine and have a swollen lymphnode many state castrol oil will help bring a lymphnode size back to normal.
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  • Lmao sorry I meant castor oil.
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  • Most common causes of lymphadenopathy are:viral infections,parasitic infections,upper airway infections,blood disorders(Non-hodkin lymphoma, hodkin lymphoma,leukemia).But in the book says that any adenopathy that last more that 3 weeks should be biopsied for diagnosing
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  • Hi, My daughter had a swollen lymph node on the left side of her neck. It popped out when she turned her head to the right. Disappeared when she looked straight ahead. She didn't feel sick or had any other symptoms and she didn't even know it was there. I took her to the doctor and he did blood tests. The blood tests came back normal. So he ordered a chest x-ray and a fine needle biopsy of the swollen lymph node. The results were non-hodgkins lymphoma! Please don't stop looking for answers if your blood tests come back normal. Ask for a fine needle biopsy too and even x-rays.
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  • O agree with the lymphnode could have just remained swollen after an infection. Also there are tons of things not infection related that can cause your lymphnodes to swell from my understanding. Usually if a lymohnide isn't sore by its own accord than you probably have nothing to worry about. But if it is sore,tender or etc then you may want to look at it more. If you really want a node taken out I suggest checking with a different doctor. Also I don't suggest this as you could have an underlying cause but if you know you are fine and have a swollen lymphnode many state castrol oil will help bring a lymphnode size back to normal. If the swollen lymph node isn't sore then you should get it checked out. My daughter had a swollen lymph node that she didnt even know she had. I saw it. She had blood tests, fine needle biopsy and chest xray which revealed she had non-hodgkins lymphoma. Not everyone will have this but get it checked out and ask for all 3 tests.
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  • If the swollen lymph node isn't sore then you should get it checked out. My daughter had a swollen lymph node that she didnt even know she had. I saw it. She had blood tests, fine needle biopsy and chest xray which revealed she had non-hodgkins lymphoma. Not everyone will have this but get it checked out and ask for all 3 tests.Thanks for the reply to my statement and I have to agree. I am sorry to hear of your daughter's lymphoma and hope things are improving there. I should have probably worded what I was saying a bit better as I agree in any case it is always best to get it checked out. Especially if the lymphnode feels hard, as that can be a sign of malignancy. What I was mainly trying to refer to is there are many things that can cause your lymphnodes to swell some of which are not of any real concern others as you stated which are. Usually lymphnodes that are swollen and painful,tender, or etc are sign of some type of infection or problem that needs to be looked at. Sometimes lymphnodes will stay swollen after infections have occurred and never return to thier normal size. Usually though even after the infection is over it can take weeks for a lymphnode to reduce back to its normal size. So agreed it is always best to get a lymphnode checked but my main point was to say if you no there is no underlying cause of your lymphnode being swollen many reccomend using castor oil to bring down the size of your lymphnode. Honestly I would probably use it even while I had an infection or something causing my lymhnode to swell as long as I had an idea of the cause. As castor oil has many benefits such as reducing inflammation, reduce size of swollen lymphnodes, ease muscle aches and tension, and many other benefits.
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  • I have had swollen lymphnodes in my neck for two years and after ct scans infectious diseases testing needle biopsys they still have no answers and lymphnodes still swollen anyone have any ideas ?
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    • November 18, 2015
    • 03:51 PM
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  • Not sure 3 years now 2 in my groin have been swollen have gotten bigger. Had a fine needle biopsy when they first appeared.
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  • Hi I have hard mine swollen now coming to 6 months. In the first 2-3 months it was about 4 inches. I started taking boiled graviola leaves and fruit juice 3 times a day 6 cups with vigorous workouts. It has reduced to about an inch now. Wat could that be?
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