I have recently developed a painful swollen lymph node on the left side of my neck. I haven't had any obvious infection, and am even taking two antibiotics at the same time for a couple of gynae issues (related to my CS site from 5 years ago and cervical erosion). I am not sure why this would develop all of a sudden. Over the past 3 months I have lost 16 lbs without diet or exercise and am always feeling tired. As I was having excessive bleeding during my peiods I went to my gynae who carried out several tests including full bloods, thyroid function, Mammogram, internal ultrasound- everything came back within range, she couldn't explain the weightloss. She did however put me on antibiotics for the fluid (infection) behind the C-Section scar. It's during this treatment (around day 6 out of 7 for the course) that the lymph node developed. It's quite swollen and it's definitely painful. My gynae gave me the all clear and recommended I see an internal medicine doctor. I'm getting worried now, as I have a cousin who is undergoing treatment for Hogkins Lymphoma- could this swollen lymph node be something serious, and what kind of tests would you recommend for me to get done?
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“Lymph nodes can become swollen from infection, inflammatory conditions, an abscess, or cancer. Other causes of enlarged lymph nodes are rare. By far, the most common cause of swollen lymph nodes is infection.
When swelling appears suddenly and is painful, it is usually caused by injury or an infection. Enlargement that comes on gradually and painlessly may, in some cases, result from cancer or a tumor.”
Well swollen lymph node with weight loss can be due to lymphoma. However in your case it appears to be due to infection. The confirmation is done by either an excisional biopsy or by fine needle aspiration cytology. Some doctors prefer to do a CT scan.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
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