I'm a newbie to this group but find much comfort in the posts of others. Here is why I joined. I normally do not have health anxiety, unless I have a real symptom. About two weeks ago I got massage and the therapist mentioned a lump on my neck. I didn't think anything of it at the time since I have always had shoulder and neck pain. I assumed it was a knot. So I forgot about it. A week later I unknowingly touched my neck and found the lump. It most certainly did not feel like a knot.
Of course it was a Sunday and Monday was a holiday so I couldn't call the doctor until Tuesday. Of course my anxiety was sky high. I was convinced I had a growth, but was able to keep it together. My GP was unable to see me that week, so I went to a walk in clinic on Tuesday. Without any examination accept touching my neck the doctor says it's a lymph node and that I've probably always had it. Because I constantly massage my neck I know that I definitely have not had it. He didn't seem too concerned but when I said I have not been sick recently he decided to prescribe and ultra sound (for piece of mind). Well it had the exact opposite effect. I went two days later, anxious but fully expecting them to tell me it was nothing. Well, results came back the same day and a biopsy was recommended. They did not tell me why, just that it was recommended and gave some names of an ENT. So of course now I have decided that I have lymphoma. I made an appointment with the ENT for Tuesday but have not been able to make it through the weekend. I have been crying and googling all day. Since a hallmark of lymphoma is a painless node in the neck, it has to be lymphoma. I have managed to stop touching it.
Has anyone else experienced this? I'm scared out of my mind and have already started making plans fornthe diagnosis.