I went to the dr. yesterday with a sore throat. Of course the main reason is I thought I felt a slightly swwollenlymph node. Strep test negative, and said that CBC blood work was normal. no other symptoms but she found that one of my lymph nodes on one side was slightly larger than the equivalent on the other side. The doctor did not seem alarmed, but prescribed antibiotics.
* I asked during appointment if lymph node was concerning and was pretty much told no. Take antibiotics and come back in a week.
Of course given my nature I panicked a bit and emailed the doctor when I got home and asked if we can rule out malignancy. Response was that it was probably an acute process, take antibiotics, come back in a week and if it's not down, we'll look at other acute processes. She then stated that we need to "rule out infection" first.
* My throat is a LITTLE sore, it's red, but no strep found.
* No abnormal blood results
* Had flu shot 2 wks ago
* Are good blood test results encouraging? They would be abnormal if I had malignancy, right?
*I do confess I spent a lot of time checking my nodes. That might "upset" them?
* If there were a reasonable possibility that the node was suspicious, wouldn't biopsy, etc. be ordered right away? I certainly have not felt any large immovable nodes myself, and I assume Dr. didn't feel one either since she didn't feel it was concerning.
* Is it possible that the infection (assuming it's the cause) goes down in the next week and the node does not go down by then, or that it's even normal to have slightly larger on one side? I don't want to do a wild goose chase of tests if there's no other reason to suspect malignancy.