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Re: Lymphoma fears? Lets do a poll
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2014, 08:39:33 AM »

Symptoms:

Do you have any swollen lymph nodes? If yes:
- How many?: One
- Where are they located?: Base of right neck
- How big are they?: Pea sized
- How long have the nodes been swollen?: one year


Are the nodes the following:
- Hard?: No
- Soft?: Sort of
- Rubbery?: Yes
- Moveable?: Yes
- Tender or painless?: Painless

Do you have night sweats?
No

Do you have fever?
No

Do you have chills?
No

Do you lose weight?
No

Do you have abdominal pain?
No

Do you have neck pain?
No

Do you have itchiness?
No

What other symptoms than the ones above do you
None

Have you seen a doctor? If yes, what kind of testing have you had?
Yes. No tests.

Were the doctors worried? What did they tell you about your situation and/or the tests you had done?
He said if it got bigger continuously to get it biopsied

Your story from when the lymphoma fear started and until now.
I always had a huge fear of colon cancer. I had a precancerous polyp removed. I got sick and hade a cold and noticed this lymph node. I then heard about a young guy in our community who had lymphoma.

Anything to add?
No


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Re: Lymphoma fears? Lets do a poll
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2014, 10:37:03 AM »
Do you have any swollen lymph nodes? If yes:
- How many?: 2
- Where are they located?: each side of neck, where the neck meets the jaw
- How big are they?: not larger than 0.5cm
- How long have the nodes been swollen?: 2-3 months


Are the nodes the following:
- Hard?: No
- Soft?: Yes
- Rubbery?: Don't know
- Moveable?: Yes
- Tender or painless?: Painless unless poked at, especially the one on the right

Do you have night sweats?
No


Do you have fever?
No

Do you have chills?
No

Do you have abdominal pain?
No

Do you have neck pain?
No, though i do rarely get some painful sensation but i strongly believe its anxiety related

Do you have itchiness?
Sporadically in the chest area, yes

What other symptoms than the ones above do you have?
Asymmetric tonsils

Have you seen a doctor? If yes, what kind of testing have you had?
I've seen my GP who wasn't overly concerned, had 2 CBC's, first of which had slightly elevated ESR and neutrophiles due to the tonsils infection i had, the CBC was taken at the end of infection, the second CBC was completely normal. I've seen 3 ENT's about the lymph nodes + the swollen tonsils. No further testing.


Were the doctors worried? What did they tell you about your situation and/or the tests you had done?
Not at all, i had to bypass the GP by going to the ER to get a referral to a specialist. Since then i've seen 3 ENT's, all reassured me that they were 100% certain i do not have lymphoma. They didn't deem any further testing necessary.

Your story from when the lymphoma fear started and until now.
Started towards the end october/beginning november, i had a pretty bad case of tonsillitis however the right side was clearly more affected than the left. The right tonsil was much bigger, pus draining off of it whereas the left stayed the normal size and only had a few white spots on it. What essentially drives me nuts is the slight discomfort/pain i have when swallowing even now, 3 months after the infection, on one hand it could be due to anxiety/frequent swallowing or perhaps that side of throat is still slightly sensitive however i am obviously afraid of the worse, the ENT's are not overly concerned about the pain/discomfort. In addition i do not like that the lymph nodes did not go down completely, however i was reassured that they are nothing to worry about as they are really quite small, one of the ENT's indicated that they might stay that way for the rest of my life.

Anything to add?
No
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Re: Lymphoma fears? Lets do a poll
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2014, 10:58:52 AM »
Do you have any swollen lymph nodes? If yes:
- How many?: One that's more obvious.
- Where are they located?: At the base of the neck, on the side
- How big are they?:It's 8-10mm
- How long have the nodes been swollen?: noticed it 2 months ago and it stayed the same

Are the nodes the following:
- Hard?: Firm but not rock hard
- Soft?: Sort of
- Rubbery?: Yes
- Moveable?: A bit
- Tender or painless?: Painless

Do you have night sweats?
I've started to, after I found this node and went crazy with lymphoma fears. Now I get them more and more often but they are not drenching and not accompanied by a fever. Technically, they're not TRUE night sweats.

Do you have fever?
No

Do you have chills?
No

Do you lose weight?
I did lose 4 lbs over the beginning of autumn when I was also very stressed out back then... I gained 5-6 lbs in December. So I would say NO.

Do you have abdominal pain?
No

Do you have neck pain?
No

Do you have itchiness?
No.

What other symptoms than the ones above do you have?:
An annoying discomfort in my chest on the right side, but it did fade away when I stopped worrying about it so much.

Have you seen a doctor? If yes, what kind of testing have you had?
I have, I  had 2 ultrasounds on that node on my neck and both doctors said it was benign; to monitor it for changes but not a concern.

Were the doctors worried? What did they tell you about your situation and/or the tests you had done?
My doctors were not worried, they completely dismissed my fears. Also they think my night sweating is related to my anxiety for sure. They say a lymphoma night sweat is from fever during the night, but I took my temperature several times during the night and don't have any fever even when I sweat. So it's pretty much clear it's an anxiety thing, my doctors say. I still worry though, they're distressing!

Your story from when the lymphoma fear started and until now.
In short, after a blood typing test where I came out as blood type B, I realized that given that both my parents are type O, I cannot possibly have B. I started to think that  maybe my blood type changed and that a lymphoma changed my blood type (sometimes advanced lymphoma apparently can mess a blood type reading). However, it's highly unlikely, I couldn't find any registered case of it changing blood from O to B (more often from A, B or AB to O if at all) - and besides, if it were advanced enough, it SHOULD change other stuff in my CBC, like my lymphocytes, or my hemoglobin RIGHT? Well, no matter, I am CONVINCED that I have it.

A week after this thing I noticed that node on my neck (which by all signs is benign!) and from then on a MYRIAD of symptoms from chest pain to night sweats followed to prove me that I have it. :(


Anything to add?
Yes... I think it's in my mind. I'm a LYMPHOMANIAC lol.
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Re: Lymphoma fears? Lets do a poll
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2014, 06:30:42 PM »
Symptoms:

Do you have any swollen lymph nodes? If yes:
- How many?: Just one.
- Where are they located?:Right side of neck.
- How big are they?:Changes, but maybe the size of an almond
- How long have the nodes been swollen?:No clue, noticed a month ago but could be longer.

Are the nodes the following:
- Hard?:Yes
- Soft?: No
- Rubbery?: I don't know, not really...
- Moveable?: Depends, sometimes they are and sometimes they aren't
- Tender or painless?: Painless

Do you have night sweats?
No

Do you have fever?
No

Do you have chills?
No

Do you lose weight?
Did lose some weight recently because I was getting so anxious I couldn't actually eat :(, but have put it back on since.

Do you have abdominal pain?
Yes, quite often in my stomach. Also sometimes my ribs ache.

Do you have neck pain?
Yes, sometimes the area where my lymph node is aches.

Do you have itchiness?
No

What other symptoms than the ones above do you have?:
Get quite a lot of phlegm in throat, headaches.
Also can get pains in hands and pelvis when stressed.

Have you seen a doctor? If yes, what kind of testing have you had?
The worst period was when I saw the doctor 3 times in December, haven't been since though. I had a blood test and it came back normal.

Were the doctors worried? What did they tell you about your situation and/or the tests you had done?
Not at all, told me to come back in the new year if my node was still swollen (it is) but I feel like I'll be a nuisance if I do.
They think I'm fine apart from the health anxiety and referred me to therapy. I was initially diagnosed as mildly depressed, which I feel is not true at all.

Your story from when the lymphoma fear started and until now.
In October I managed to convince myself I was having a heart attack and had a huge panic attack because of it. The next day I fell ill and couldn't eat at all or just have very small portions for about a week or so. I recovered and was doing fine until it happened again about a month later, and then again in December (and also got a pretty bad cold around the same time!). At this point I was convinced something was seriously wrong with me so I was constantly googling my symptoms, trying to put a label on it. I considered cancer and taking my age and health into account I would have either lymphoma or leukaemia. I checked the symptoms of leukaemia and dismissed it, but after reading about lymphoma and checking my lymph node I was convinced I had it. I went through a long stage of just having constantly obsessive thoughts about having cancer, it was really awful and I hope I never get that bad again.

Anything to add?
That's about it, really!
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