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#1 CW5

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Posted 31 December 2000 - 05:06 PM

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Hello all, I not new to this board and lately my IBS symptoms have been severe.However in addition what worries me most is that I have noticed a oval lump(1.5cmx1cm) at the back of my neck. So i went to the Doc a specialist. He examined me and found further lumps under both sides of my JAW. So an MRI was done which showed prominent enlarged lymph nodes. I have been examining them myself and have identified about 5 enlarged nodes which are PAINLESS. Most are under the jaw right and left side and one in middle of jaw under chin.These nodes may have been present for a long time since i can recall my days at school when I queried them with my schoolteacher. But those may have resolved and these may be new.I have searched archives on lymph nodes and some people have mentioned that they are COMMON. What I am trying to find out is HOW common are they and do they persist for longer than a year or so if they are painless. I understand that lymph nodes get enlarged after an infection and can be painful. I can't remember my lymph nodes ever being painful.Please if you have or know of anyone who has EXPERIENCED enlarged lymph nodes(for a while) please advice what I should do. Biopsy is an option...but I'm afraid of what they might find. Is this something I can leave alone..maybe they are something I have always had and will have for the rest of my life. I am only 32. Please help if you can.I'm not worried much... just a bit concerned that maybe they are nothing. My mum tells me that i used to have them when i was little and i have just noticed that my nephew and my little daughter has a few and my brother has one. So my question is DO these enlarged nodes stay with us and are they a sign that our bodies fought an infection without us knowingI can't see them going down so what should i do?


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#2 Kathleen M.

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Posted 31 December 2000 - 06:24 PM

Chronically enlarged lymph nodes, from what I understand, can be a consequence of having mononucleosis. I know mine were a bit large for a number of years afterward. Enlarged lymph nodes are also seen in chronic fatigue syndrome (and some people think that the bug that causes mono is part of the problem in people with CFS)OTOH, I would get them biopsied. There may be nothing wrong (and it would be good to know that you could stop worrying) or there could be something very wrong, and the earlier you get treated, the better the prognosis. There can be lymphatic cancers. I know that sounds bad, OTOH there are many types of these things some are pretty bad, but some people have types that aren't really very life-threatening as long as you take care of it and keep it monitored.I'd rather see you find out FOR SURE, so if there is something you need to do about it, you start right away. Some things get much worse if you ignore them for even a few months.Hoping that it's nothing!!K. [This message has been edited by kmottus (edited 12-31-2000).]
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Posted 02 January 2001 - 12:04 PM

CW5, I went to an ENT about three weeks worried about an enlarged, painless lymph node in the back of my neck. IN MY CASE, the lymph node is enlarged because as a child I suffered with frequent bouts of strep throat. The ENT said the node would probably stay this way the rest of my life and that there is nothing to worry about.What did you dr tell you? Get the biopsy so you can get an answer and stop worrying. THe worrying is not good for your IBS

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Posted 02 January 2001 - 12:24 PM

My lymph nodes are always swelling up with my allergies, the ones on my neck (near my ears) are always swollen, and the ones in my jaw swell only when my allergies are really bad.Hope it's something harmless for you too, but always best to be sure.

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Posted 02 January 2001 - 06:58 PM

Thanks Jen and Delta and kmottus for replying.Its reassuring to know these things can stay for long periods. The thing is I can remember how long I've had these nodes or if they are new. they might have been there since childhood in which case I'm Ok but if there are new ones and i dont know which ones are recent since i have 5, then they can be serious or maybe not.I don't have allergies, I NEVER get severe sore throats enough to notice or complain and never had MONO...I'm rarely ill..just get mild colds and a blocked nose sometimes.So overall and in otherwise good health, but severe IBS. I'm still relatively young 32, good sex life etc....so i think how can these be serious.However i do feel hot sometimes but usually when the iBs acts up when i keep going all night to try to go...but can't...thats when i panic and think maybe its a fever or maybe sign of something serious...this then makes my IBS worse since i can't sleep but think of the serious illness.So I'm trying to see if their are people out there who have had enlarged nodes but which have persisted but not caused any problems. My private ENT is a bit strange....First he tells me that he has seen this many times before and doesn't think its anything...when i tell him maybe i will have non-invasive test instead of biopsy he tells me it may or may not be slow growing lymphomas and he needs to biopsy to rule it out. So that makes me scared and now i think maybe it's more than i think it is.

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Posted 02 January 2001 - 07:14 PM

HI CW.Not to be brusque or ruffle feathers, but this kind of "online diagnostics" is a little unfair to you. This can be benign or it can be serious. I'd say ask my dad to tell you about putting off lymph node biopsies, but he is not speaking about it anymore.If we suggest benign things you may relax, talk yourself out of further examination, and it could be inappropriate. Or I could talk about the non-benign stuff and worry you needlessly.If there is no infection this can be attributed to I amd with everyone else here, except double....I suggest strongly you get a biopsy and be done with it. I would not screw around with these symptoms. The biopsy is the best cost:benefit ratio option. I encourage you to do so.thanksMNL______________ www.leapallergy.com
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Posted 02 January 2001 - 11:40 PM

Hi CW5: Sorry to hear the worry in your words and I definitely agree with MNL. Please arrange the biopsy and let us know how you are doing! Prayers and thoughts will carry you through as we always help each other through these fearful times....it is better to get it over and be on your way!!to better health!/ Sincerely, Barbara





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