Hi, here is a little bit about what I have going on. Anyone else experience anything similar? I dont even know where to start as far as testing goes. Doctors are at a loss as well.
April – 9 weeks pregnant and gel like swelling in left neck/collarbone area. Cat scan preformed. Blood work showed 18k WBC count so treated with antibiotics. Swelling went down.
April onward = swollen lymph nodes popping up left and right and not going away. Pregnancy continued to show high WBC count until the end which showed that high WBC was just pregnancy related.
August(ish) – found hard lump in right armpit.
June – hard lump in armpit surgically removed and shown as a benign lymph node
Continued lymph node findings. Nodes did not go away.
January – severe pressure in ears and swollen nodes in neck (front and back). Given pressure test which showed high pressure in ears. Prescribed antibiotics for nodes (as a wait and see) and given steroid spray for ears.
February 25 – gel like swelling in left neck and collar bone returned. Cat scan had similar findings as in 2011 and blood work was normal this time (no high WBC count).
February 26 – swelling went down on its own (no antibiotics). Visited a head and neck cancer doc and discovered two nodules on thyroid. Also, abnormal swollen node in left cheek.
How are you? Swollen and painful lymph nodes may be associated with infection, autoimmune diseases, medication side effects and possible malignancy. They usually signify that the body is fighting an infection and the lymph node may not return to its normal size for several weeks after. Further evaluation tests and a more recent imaging study may help determine the underlying cause. A referral to a head and neck specialist may also help. Take care an do keep us posted.
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