I have been short of breath for the last month or so for what seems to be no particular reason, with a recurring pain in my chest that seems to happen at random times or when I am stressing about something. It's not sharp pain. It's kind of dull but strong.
I was a light smoker (quit two years ago) and occasionally had allergy-related asthma, and for these reason I used to see a pulmonologist. I decided to pay him a visit to see what he thought before going anywhere else. Long story short, chest x-rays looked pretty good, he said, but my breathing strength was better when I smoked and had asthma than it was this week in his office! Also, he said that I have swollen lymph nodes behind my collarbone, left side.
I have been reading all kinds of information on the internet and swollen nodes behind the collarbone seems to be a bad sign, no matter where I read. Does anyone have any information or experience they can share?
The doctor recommended a sonargram and possible biopsy, but my appointments are weeks away. He initially recommended a CT scan but I have had an overload of x-rays in my life and I just feel more comfortable if there's another way to get the same information. He also ordered a EKG and Echocardiogram.
I have been under incredible stress for the last several years, and it's still not over, and now this. I was also really depressed for about a year. I get a little depressed thinking about what might be ahead of me now, but try to keep myself busy so as to not think so much.
Any help, thoughts, ideas, experiences would be greatly appreciated. Does anyone know if an ear infection could cause these lymph nodes to swell?