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95% Sure I Have Lymphoma

Hiya,

Around 2 weeks ago now I found a bean sized, moveable lump on the side of my neck. I instantly went into panic and have stayed that way since. The first doc said it was nothing to worry about and felt like a normal lymph node to him but would run bloods to put my mind at ease. The next nurse I saw said it felt like fatty tissue around the node and I need a blood test and ultra sound. The final doc I saw, felt it and said it is about a cm and moveable, see if it goes down in 3 weeks and if not come back. I said then I may have felt it 4-5months before and brushed it off (I can't remember if I am honest), well her face changed and she referred me to an ENT on Tues. I ran my bloods which will be back in today (hopefully). But now all I can think is I have got lymphoma (they asked me if I had any B symptoms each time) and then referred me. I am living through an absolute nightmare right now, I can't think of anything else, I keep touching the lump and I swear it has got bigger (also not a good sign), I keep think I am itching, I have even read treatments and stuff to prepare myself!

Anyway I will update... 2 weeks ago I did not even know what Lymphoma was and now I am OBSESSED!

Thanks for listening
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I'm a little confused about how long you've had the lump.  Are you saying you think you had it 4-5 months ago, it went away and then came back about 2 weeks ago?  Or, has it actually been there for 4-5 months?  

Blood work is not a definative way to diagnose lymphoma.  Don't get me wrong, it's a good tool for them, but if the lymphoma isn't very advanced then it's possible it won't show up on the blood work.  I know this because my blood work was fine even after being diagnosed with lymphoma via a biopsy.  The only definative way to know for sure is with a biopsy of the node, however if you're not presenting with any other symptoms then most likely your doctor won't see a need to biopsy at this time.  If your lump persists for more than a few weeks and gets larger, then you should probably push for a biopsy.  

Please do keep us posted and good luck today on your blood test.
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