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Offline jenkyleg

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I feel a little silly writing this because, well, it IS probably silly, but here goes: about 10 months ago last March, in the midst of my HA's humble beginnings, I developed one hell of a lymphoma fear due to some highly mobile, fleshy nodes I found (after feeling for nodes for the first time) on both sides of my neck. I count 4 across my neck on one side (largest is the size of a small chickpea), and one small node on my right side. Since then, I've witnessed no change in the size of these nodes.

I also have chronic minor soreness on my left side that seems to get worse after eating a meal, which I first noticed in July. I don't have night sweats or itchy skin.

Is it possible I could have lymphoma even after all this time of maintaining the status quo, symptoms-wise?
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Re: Is it possible that I have lymphoma after 10 months of nothing new?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014, 01:54:54 PM »
Doesn't sound like lymphoma to me. The people I've know with lymphoma have nodes that got progressively bigger in size or would wax and wane and by that I mean the nodes were already big (pathogically enlarged) and would sometimes decrease a smidge.

I've had the lymphoma fears. In fact it's what started my HA 11 years ago. I found a node on the back of my neck that was a little bigger then the rest. Multiple docs felt it and said it was nothing. I was convinced I had lymphoma and after reading about symptoms, developed slight night sweats, itchy skin and weight loss. I refused to believe anxiety was causing my symptoms and pushed for excision of the node. I had the node removed. Pathology came back as a normal reactive node. It swelled due to something like sinuses, acne, dental issue and never went totally back down. Because I refused to listen to my docs and believe that the node was benign, I now have a lovely scar on the back of my neck.
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Re: Is it possible that I have lymphoma after 10 months of nothing new?
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014, 02:15:13 PM »
I have chronic mild folliculitis on my scalp and also have one on the back of my neck. I guess I just worry about what it could be, even though my fears drift away from lymphoma quite often. They ALWAYS come back. It's silly because...I'm pretty sure most lymphomas in a 26 year old would present rather quickly. Even the slower ones take 3 months for diagnosis. Two doctors have felt my nodes within that time. Neither have noted a problem. Really, the only symptom I've really felt within that time has been the soreness in my left side. It doesn't make a lot of sense that I'd have an enlarged spleen for so long without any progression of the problem, right? Or a lymphoma that just kind of hangs out without getting worse.

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Re: Is it possible that I have lymphoma after 10 months of nothing new?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014, 02:20:43 PM »
Of course your mind goes back to lymphoma. That's what the HA ridden mind does, mine included. I could bet the nodes are slightly larger due to your folliculitis. They are just doing what they should be doing. Reacting to bacteria.
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Re: Is it possible that I have lymphoma after 10 months of nothing new?
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2014, 02:40:19 PM »
Hi jenky leg ,

I too have had the dreaded lymphoma fear ( hodgkins for me ) for 22 months !! Some nodes , fatigue , itchy skin and have had numerous tests and I'm still here . Not going to lie I do still have bad days but I am slowly getting there ( I think ) and trust me anxiety can cause all of your symptoms !

I have spoke to numerous doctors who have insisted that after months you would know you had it .

Keep positive !

Gemma
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