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I am 26 years old and have been dealing with two swollen lymph nodes since August. I went to my primary doctor in late August with the swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my head (one in my neck and one in front of my ear lobe) I was also experiencing some swelling on that side of my face and some ear pain. I was given antibiotics which resolved the issues with the swelling and ear pain. However, the lymph nodes did not go down. I went back in September after having blood work done which showed nothing except slightly elevated cholesterol and a slightly elevated C reactive protein.
My doctor was far more concerned about my cholesterol and getting my weight down (which I totally understand) but I was far more concerned about the lymph nodes and what they could mean. He did not seem to have any concern at all about my lymph nodes. He scheduled me to come back in January to see if I had made any improvement with my weight and cholesterol. Also the C Reactive protein had returned to a normal level. When I went back in January I had lost 15 pounds after changing eating habits and began to exercise which is something that I basically was not doing in prior years. However the lymph nodes were still swollen and he decided that he wanted me to go get an ultrasound on them which I did.
A few weeks later my doctor called me and told me that my lymph nodes were definitely enlarged (duh) and that he would like for me to go have a biopsy done which I have scheduled for March 6th. He still said that he is not very concerned but just wants to confirm that everything is okay. All of my paper work mentions the lymph node on my neck and not the one by my ear which is actually the one that concerns me more (It is larger than the neck one and feels much harder). I asked my doctor why the lymph node by the ear was not mentioned and he said to address it with the surgeon when I go in for the biopsy. This entire situation has been causing me a ton of anxiety over the past 6 months. I have been having difficulty sleeping, thoughts are constantly racing, and I am just feel an overall sense of helplessness. I know I am probably overreacting since no tests have come back with anything yet but I can not stop worrying. I thought I would post on here to maybe have a chance to talk to some people who have had a similar experience.
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