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Enlarged lymph node 10 months

I currently have an enlarged lymph node on the left side of my neck.  It is around 1.8cm and I have had it for 10 months now.  I have been to see an ENT aout it who arranged for an ultrasound scan and fine needle aspiration.  The fna came back clear and the ultrasound scan showed it hadn't grown over the last 6 months.  When I first noticed the enlarged lymph node, I had just fought off acute bronchitis which also left me with a wheeze (which I still have now), could the 2 be connected?  I had a chest x ray that was clear.  This year, I have managed to catch every bug around and have found it very difficult to fight anything off (I've had 4 courses of antibiotics in the last year, the last time I had them before that was 25 years ago).  My main concern is obviously lymphoma. However, would I have any other symptoms after 10 months?  Any advice would be much appreciated.  Thanks in advance.
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Hey! The fact that the lymph node swelled while you were fighting off acute bronchitis and that it hasn't grown any bigger in the past 6 months is reassuring. If it's palpable, that's also another good thing (like you touch it and can move it around). Sometimes lymph nodes stay swollen for a long time (even forever) after fighting off an infection; i have one like that on my neck right now. As long as it doesn't keep growing it's a good sign. Also, 10 months in you should have at least some other symptoms if it were lymphoma, such as night sweats, itchiness, weakness, unexplained weight loss...What's making it difficult for you to fight all those viruses off is probably the fact that you've been catching them all. Also, the bronchitis may have weakened your immune system slightly. I am not a doctor, but I am just giving you the information that I know. Best of luck!!
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Thanks for your comments Joana.  I think you're right and the doctors have pretty much been telling me the same thing which is good to know and very reassuring :).  I just need to put more trust in the health experts.
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