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Swollen gland under jaw
« on: August 26, 2014, 12:36:54 AM »
Hi guys, I'm a bit worried about this swollen painless rubbery movable gland I have under the right side of my jaw. It's more toward my neck then directly under my jaw. I've had it for a couple of months now and it hasn't gone away so I'm starting to worry. It almost feels like it's attached to something at the top, but the rest is definitely moveable. I'm terrified I have lymphoma..
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 12:45:39 AM »
I've actually been dealing with the same thing for months, as well. My ENT is totally flummoxed - I've already had an MRI and been scoped for it. He thinks it may be a blocked parotid gland, allergies or possible TMJ.  How big is your gland and is it growing? 
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2014, 01:26:05 PM »
It's definitely small..it's like probably like 1 cm idk the only thing I could compare it to is a kidney bean. It's been swollen for literally months now..maybe it isn't even swollen. Idk it's just the last HA thing I have bugging me and keeping me from living my life. It doesn't really grow..I think it's shrunk a tiny bit or isn't as palpable, but not an amount that would convince me nothing serious is wrong.
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2014, 02:23:37 PM »
stop poking it. that's gonna cause localized swelling which will make the area feel puffed up and somewhat movable.
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2014, 03:42:55 PM »
The fact that it hasn't grown is a very positive sign. Also, since it's under 2 cm, it's not considered clinically significant (they only worry about larger or growing nodes).  Like Lunatone said - stop poking it. If you want, you can check it again in 2 weeks to see how it's doing - if it's smaller or the same size, it's fine.
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2014, 04:19:43 PM »
I haven't poked it in like 2 months and just recently I felt to see if it was still there and it is..
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2014, 04:33:10 PM »
It almost feels like it's matted at the top but easily moveable everywhere else
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2014, 07:06:41 PM »
I have what's called a shotty node in my neck. It's exactly like you describe - around 1 cm and a rubbery bean shape. It's been there for years - sometimes it's smaller and sometimes it's a little bigger, but it never gets larger than about a centimeter. They're super common and just one of those quirks of your body.
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2014, 08:23:10 PM »
Slangevar but is yours easily moveable or does yours feel like it's attached at the top to something
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2014, 10:33:58 PM »
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Re: Swollen gland under jaw
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2014, 03:01:41 PM »
Oops - sorry - I responded last night, but it must not have posted.

No - mine feels pretty attached to the side of my neck. It's like a little rubbery bean. Sometimes it gets bigger, occasionally it gets so small I can barely feel it, but it's usually right around 0.5 - 1 cm. At least three docs have felt my neck around six times AND I had an MRI for another reason, but no one has ever called it out because it's been around the same size for a few years now.
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