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lymph node hasn't returned to original size for 20 years!
« on: January 23, 2014, 02:18:56 PM »
Oh dear........ I looked at one of the lymph node posts........

I have a movable, firm, smaller than a pea cut in half (1/2 pea  and but not so mounded) sized lump in (upper) front of my right ear and right on the area where you feel your jaw open when opening mouth wide. It cannot be 'seen'. No pain or change in size for at least 20 years. I found it years ago when massaging a sore jaw joint. It sort of feels like it's in a tendon and in front of the Tragus. No heat, not tender, no symptoms.

Preauricular lymph node?  Remained the same size for all these years? I did read our lymph nodes start off as 'nothing' and then once they enlarge they don't go back to 'nothing'. I also saw where ages 10 -12 have the largest lymph nodes. 

From birth to age 54 I had constant ear infections.  Treatment when I was a small child was rupturing the ear drum.  Last ear infection was 10 years ago. (Stopped using anti histamines)

I have TMJ(D), use a night guard and actually broke 2 teeth loose from the bone about 6 years ago when I fell asleep during the Superbowl and wasn't wearing my mouthguard.

I have had NUMEROUS PET/CT's over the last 5 years for colon cancer and they were top of head to mid thigh and my oncologist specializes in head/ neck cancer so I'm sure he would have pointed out a problem.

I also had a full mouth x rays this summer, 3D xrays from under the jaw (when I convinced myself I had a clogged gland), bite wing and Panoramic X-rays. Last dental exam was in December. CBC, SMA, CEA all excellent.

So many of you have researched lymph nodes.  With my new insurance, I have to pay $120 to see my primary and he won't take phone calls. 
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Re: lymph node hasn't returned to original size for 20 years!
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014, 03:13:39 PM »
It's likely a shot node. It won't ever go down but will likely never become cancerous either. 20 years is way too long to worry about lymphoma occurring in that node. It would be the size of a basketball at this point.
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Re: lymph node hasn't returned to original size for 20 years!
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2014, 03:30:42 PM »
Thanks.  My head knows that but my HA brain keeps returning to the scene of the crime.  I'm sure you're right.  Heck, pea sized is probably normal and the other one is just not in the same location. 

Doesn't help that I feel like I cannot go to the doctor because of the new insurance.
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Re: lymph node hasn't returned to original size for 20 years!
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014, 02:09:15 AM »
i have many nodes all over bigger than that, just had them all checked out the other day and my doctor was SO unconcerned. like i was shocked. i was positive he was going to be like "MY GOD THESE ARE HUGE. GET IN THE CAT SCANNER NOW!" but, he did not. he said they were all normal and i asked at what size i should worry, and he showed me 2 and 3 cm on a tape measure.
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Re: lymph node hasn't returned to original size for 20 years!
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2014, 07:29:41 AM »
Sounds just like mine except mine is in a location where there is only one node and it's on top of jaw hinge area so feels like half a pellet instead of a fully rounded pellet. 

Shotty: Resembling shot or pellets of lead, shotgun pellets and, hence, hard and round. The term "shotty" was in use in the 19th century. It is now generally obsolete but it is still in medicinal usage.

Shotty is very commonly used in describing the feel of lymph nodes (the lymph glands) when they are palpated (felt) through the skin. "Shotty" lymph nodes are ones that are not only hard and round but also small and surely of no consequence.

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Re: lymph node hasn't returned to original size for 20 years!
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2014, 11:24:28 AM »
I just posted here about my fears about an abdominal anuersym, but my healthy anxiety really kicked up last year when i started to feel fatigued at odd times of the day...

so i have two small palpable lymph nodes behind me ears, and on on the right neck. i had a specialist look at them and he said yes he could feel them but they weren't large enough to be concerning......

naturally lymph nodes + fatigue = leukemia or lymphoma......but here it is seven months later and clearly i would thing this cancer would have spread or have gotten worse (i've had my last abdominal scan in october)
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Re: lymph node hasn't returned to original size for 20 years!
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2014, 11:59:29 AM »
With what you describe it's more likely to be cartilage from your ear than a lymph node. Most people have that which you describe, and to have it so longstanding and no other problems, that's probably what fits the bill.
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Re: lymph node hasn't returned to original size for 20 years!
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2014, 12:04:01 PM »
There are a lot of node in the jaw area. I have found this out as a result of having a lump on my jaw that sprang up last year.
I kind of got a bit concerned about it. Went to doctor and then to dentist. Both stated that it was more than likely scar tissue from when the dentist injected novacaine (quite a few times when I was having a crown put on).
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