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swollen lymph nodes

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  • Posted By: GrahamD
  • January 3, 2008
  • 04:29 PM

Hi, my name is Graham Reid. I am currently experiencing swollen lymph nodes in the upper neck region. Just above the jugular vein on either side there are what appear to be two swollen lymph nodes each around 2-3cm by 1-1.5cm in size. I have had at least one (the one on the left) of them for quite a while (months or years, I never took any notice of it before), and I am not sure if they are getting bigger or not (day to day they seem to be much the same size).
Behind my right ear I have one permanently swollen lymph node (less than .5 cm), it has been this way for as long as I can remember and I do not think it is a cause for concern. On either side of my jaw I have a swollen node, one (one the left) about 3mm the other about 1cm (I am not certain how long these have been swollen). Under my jaw and below my ear on the right hand side there is a small series of lymph nodes which suddenly appeared, but some of them appear to be going away(this was mirrored on the left but has almost disappeared). Finally I have a small swollen node on the back of my head on the left hand side.
I do not regularly experience any of the b-symptoms associated with lymphoma, although twice over the past month I experienced very mild night sweats, and I am considered healthy by everyone I know.

My question is; is it possible that I have lymphoma and what would you recommend doing about it? My doctor did feel the node under my neck (the 2-3 cm ones) but after reading that any node over 1.5 cm in length is cause for concern, I am less than satisfied with the way he dismissed my worries so quickly.

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  • Well, about those two big ones, I just learned that practically everyone's are close to, or the same size.So in reality I only have a series of small, swollen lymph nodes across my head (generally mirrored on the other side so some may just be naturally large nodes). Do people think that waiting for a few more weeks for them to die down is a good idea? (remember, the only ones that were larger than 1 cm were the ones on the jugular, which apparently are supposed to be that big). Also, as a side note, can constant touching inflame lymph nodes?
    GrahamD 2 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 08:25 PM
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  • Hi Graham, Your concern is really common. Other people might give you answers that will be more satisfying to you, but the straightforward answer to your question from someone who has not examined you and knows nothing about your medical history should always be yes, you could have lymphoma.If you are still concerned, make an appointment with your physician. It is normal for adults to have small non painful non reactive nodes in the anterior and even posterior cervical chains. If your physician has examined you over time and can assess the development of any neck massess, he/she will be in the best position to evaluate your concern as a medical professional. Painful or reactive nodes that develop and at times recede are less concerning for malignancy. The measurements given are guidelines and ultimately you will receive peace of mind when you feel your concerns have been fully evaluated.
    fewd4thought 126 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 11:16 PM
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  • I would check about Lyme's Disease. My daughter was bit by a tick a few years ago and her lymph nodes began swelling.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 04:40 AM
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  • Call your health professional to schedule an appointment if you have had any symptoms for longer than 2 weeks, such as:Painless swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin.Unexplained fever.Drenching night sweats.Extreme fatigue.Unexplained weight loss in the past 6 months.Itchy skin.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 11:49 AM
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  • You can have yourself checked out, by I wouldn't worry so much about lymphoma. Usually lymphoma symptoms manifest themselves severely--you become sick, the night sweats are constant, and the itching is horible--and I don't think you have to worry about it. But you can talk to your doctor about the swelling, or get a second opinion. Nodal swelling can become extrememly annoying, and sometimes it signals a deeper problem. You could have an infection that has caused your nodes to swell; they have been working overtime and become backed-up. This happens a lot with mono and strep throat. Best advice is to find a good doctor that will listen to you and help you figure out what is causing the swelling. If they are swelling all the time, then something in your body isn't functioning correctly.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 06:53 PM
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