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swollen lymph nodes?

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  • Posted By: GrahamD
  • January 3, 2008
  • 10:55 PM

Hi, my name is Graham Reid. I think that I am currently experiencing swollen lymph nodes in the upper neck and facial 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). Apparently, this is naturally a large lymph node, but I would like to know if the sizes of mine are considered normal (I believe the node is called the Jugulodigastric node).

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 3 mm the other about 1 cm, (I am not certain how long these have been swollen but they are not getting any bigger). 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 and two nodes (which I am not sure if they are swollen) on either jaw muscle (about 1-1.5 cm by .3 cm).

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 everyone I know considers me healthy. About a month ago, I had a pretty severe cold that may have caused some inflammation and a month before that I had my MMR shot.

My question is; is it possible that I have lymphoma, or is it more likely to be something harmless as most of the nodes are definitely within the normal range? What would you recommend doing about my symptoms? 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 (so I would like to now what the normal size of this node is).



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  • Any one know anything about this?
    GrahamD 2 Replies
    • January 9, 2008
    • 06:53 PM
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  • I'm sorry I can't help you, but I can definitely sympathize with you. I would want a second opinion if I were you. You need to know one way or the other so you can stop (or start) worrying. I've had enlarged lymph nodes in my neck for about three months. It took me a long time to get an appointment with my doctor. Finally I was able to see her last week. She did put "lymphadenopathy" in my chart. I don't know what "normal" size is, but any nodes that are not flat are not normal for me. My submandibular ones feel like peas. My doctor had a bunch of blood drawn and told me to come back in three weeks. She said that she would discuss the results with me at that time and if everything is negative, she will refer me to an ENT doc. She said the ENT doc may want to do a biopsy. Then two days later (last Friday) someone from the office called me and told me that my thyroid tested normal and I was negative for mononucleosis. I have been unable to get the other results out of them. I guess my doc is really busy or just wants to wait a few weeks so that she can get me in to see if the nodes have changed size (they haven't, but it seems that over time more of them become enlarged). It occurred to me after I left that I don't need a referral for a specialist, so if all of the results are negative, I'm just going to waste a couple of weeks of worrying when I could actually be getting the ball moving by getting an appointment with an ENT doc. If all of the tests are negative and no one has a clear explanation or can reduce the size of the lymph nodes (through whatever pharmaceutical means appropriate), then I want a biopsy. If they won't do that, I will want a really good explanation why they won't. I don't want to sit around worrying. Post if you find out anything further.
    KathyAM 2 Replies
    • January 10, 2008
    • 10:43 PM
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  • Hi, my name is Graham Reid. I think that I am currently experiencing swollen lymph nodes in the upper neck and facial 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). Apparently, this is naturally a large lymph node, but I would like to know if the sizes of mine are considered normal (I believe the node is called the Jugulodigastric node).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 3 mm the other about 1 cm, (I am not certain how long these have been swollen but they are not getting any bigger). 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 and two nodes (which I am not sure if they are swollen) on either jaw muscle (about 1-1.5 cm by .3 cm).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 everyone I know considers me healthy. About a month ago, I had a pretty severe cold that may have caused some inflammation and a month before that I had my MMR shot.My question is; is it possible that I have lymphoma, or is it more likely to be something harmless as most of the nodes are definitely within the normal range? What would you recommend doing about my symptoms? 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 (so I would like to now what the normal size of this node is). GrahamD View Public Profile Find all posts by GrahamD Most normal lymph nodes are about 1cm in size but that size varies depending on the location of the node, and what activity is going on. Enlarged lymph nodes are usually associated with a bacterial infection or viral infection e.g. swollen lymph nodes in the neck are normally caused by severe throat infections. However, the swelling does subside when the infection has cleared up. Persistent swelling is a concern for cancer as this should not be happening unless there is a bacterial or viral infection. Some other symptoms of lymphoma include fever & sweating at night, abdominal swelling & discomfort, anaemia which would cause tiredness, pale skin & shortness of breath. Itching is not a symptom of lymphoma only in a very rare type of lymphoma.http://www.healthknow.info/lymphatic_system.asp
    abdrew 24 Replies
    • February 28, 2008
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  • I never noticed a swollen area in my neck until one evening when I was working late at home on my computer. I was tired and reached up to rub my right neck to relieve some tenseness. I felt a swollen area that I never noticed before. I had no idea how long this lymph node had been growing larger. I had no pain at all. I immediately went to the clinic and was referred to a small hospital. Initially the doctor did a needle aspiration with no results. The doctor recommended a biopsy, which I did on Christmas Eve, 2007. The biopsy was relatively painless with the administration of a local anathetic. It took two weeks to get a diagnosis. I was told I most likely had Hodgkin's Lymphoma.I was referred to a larger medical center that specializes in cancer and had further tests on the biopsy sample and accomplished a series of tests including PET Scan and CAT Scan and other tests. It was confirmed I had early Stage I Hodgkin's Lymphoma. After receiving the diagnosis, the doctor recommended eight chemotherapy treatments followed by radiation. I am halfway through the chemotherapy treatments and have noticed the swelling no longer exists in another lymph node that was swollen. I am going for CAT Scan and PET Scan tests next week and pray the condition that existed is no longer present.I am trusting primarily in God's grace to see me through this treatment. However things go, I will continue to trust in the Lord for everything. My Savior, ***********t knows everything about me all the time and I know He is with me as I endure these treatments and the side effects of chemotherapy.
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  • You need to have one of the lumps/bumps removed and analyzed. That is the only way to know for sure. I have had 5 dx's of NHL since 1998, and have been on chemo 4 times, and we watched and waited once. It is not an easy road but it can be done. You will need Ct's done too. If it is infact, lyhmphoma you will need several other things done, too. Depending on the stage. You can't sit and worry, just do what you have to do. Oh, ok, now I saw your last post. Stage 1, is a piece of cake. You will be fine, and don't worry. HD especially has even a cure rate! I wouldn't worry about what is going to happen down the road, to be honest, cross each bridge, when and if they come.
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