:confused: I am a 39 yr old female. About 6 weeks ago, I began having joint pain in my legs and low back. I work out, and really just attributed it to that. But, I started noticing that it wasn't only happening on days I worked out. Then the pain seemed to become more frequent, every day instead of once or twice a week. I also started waking up at night sweating. Not drenching sweats, I didn't need to change my sheets or anything. I still didn't think much of it. I finally went to the Dr. after I was washing my face and felt a lump on my neck under my left jaw. It's about halfway between my ear and my chin and once I felt it, I realized it was visible, too. It was about 3 weeks ago and it hasn't gone away, and neither have the other symptoms. So I went to the Dr. and he said it was suspect because it was enlarged, and firm and fixed, so he ordered a CT Scan. He was also concerned because my mother is finishing up with chemotherapy for Lymphoma, and she was misdiagnosed for over a year before an accurate diagnosis was made. Her bloodwork was continuously normal, and it wasn't until a biopsy was done that the lymphoma was diagnosed.
Anyway, my CT Scan was unremarkable, and I don't understand that. How can a lump that is visible and palpable not show up on a scan? The lump has actually gotten larger since I saw the Dr. a week ago, and I can feel it when I swallow. No pain at all....just a swollen or lumpy feeling in my throat. The tech who did my scan taped something over the lymph node to mark it. Could she have accidently covered it with something the scan wouldn't go through? I want to know what it is. I still think it could just be some type of infection, but shouldn't I be on antibiotics to see if my symptoms subside? The Dr. is treating it like there isn't anything else to do. No follow up, no recheck, no antibiotics, nothing. I am very confused....Any Ideas? I would be very grateful!
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