I have a bit of a problem, I tend to pick at my body when I am anxious....like I pick pimples, bite nails, mess with my hands, etc...if I feel a region is bothering me, I tend to poke and prod it (looking for pain or swelling?) until it actually starts to hurt....I noticed yesterday that one of the lymph nodes in my jaw, almost right under the curve of the jaw on one side, was tender yesterday. No surprise, as I clench my jaw rather hard and am generally sensitive in that area...well, I couldn't stop messing with it, I still kind of can't, and the lymph node on that side is now noticably swollen! I am not feverish, it is not rock hard or anything, although perhaps a bit tender, and my throat doesn't hurt...could my messing with it have made it swell?
I am trying so hard not to think of cancer, and I just can't stop wanting to touch my poor little lymph node! I'm driving myself nuts here, how do I break the habit of messing with my body like this?! Lymph nodes aside, I tend to mess with acne a lot, too...my face is very scarred :/