I'm a 25 year old female and wasn't worried about having 4 swollen lymph nodes under my arm which are hard until I asked my nursing friend about it and she gave me a startled look. They have all been there for at least a month or so, and the very first one that I noticed has been there for at least 4 months or so. They don't seem to be shrinking, they seem to be getting slightly larger when I check on them. They are not painful or anything so I don't even notice them until I feel them.
I was wondering if this is serious enough for me to get it checked out ASAP? I do plan on going to the doctor and asking him about them whenever I go to the doctor next for another reason. I didn't think I needed to make a special visit to the Dr. just for these lumps but should I?
And another note, I have lost about 20 pounds without trying or wanting to in the past 2 months but I did start taking ADHD medicine and contributed my weight loss to that. Other than that, I'm pretty healthy and feel great!
I have read some scary stuff tonight so let me know if you have had this issue before or if you had trouble controlling your weight on ADHD meds!?
Lymph nodes that don't seem to be going away; but, increasing in size would be a cause for concern because that would suggest that your immune system is reacting or fighting off something. But, it's really hard to say what that "something" is until you're seen by a doctor and tests are performed. Other symptoms to take note of, in addition to the swollen lymph glands, would be unexplained or unintentional weight loss (which you mentioned); an on-going although not necessarily high fever; night sweats (sometimes drenching night sweats) and fatigue. The weight loss might be connected to the meds that you're taking... then, again, it could be linked to whatever is causing the swollen lymph glands. A 20 pound weight loss within a 2 month period is significant and swollen lymph glands that appear to be growing is equally significant. Personally, I wouldn't put off seeing a doctor for too long.
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