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Hi everyone. I am a healthy 25 year old male. About 2 weeks back, I noticed a half-marble sized lump about an inch under my left ear. It felt like a bug bite, so I didn't think much of it. It was not painful at the time. Now, the lump seems more noticeable, maybe because I'm thinking about it more. It is tender to the touch and I am able to move it around. I also noticed a bump on the bottom left half of my jaw that has similar characteristics, but is not as pronounced. Looking at a lymph node diagram, these are seem to be tonsillar and submandibular nodes. Regarding the nodes, I feel like they change sizes throughout the day. They sometimes seem flattened out, but a few minutes later there will be a noticeable bulge. I brought my concern to my primary physician today and he said that they are definitely more prominent than normal. He ran a complete blood count and mono test, all results coming back within normal limits. These same lymph nodes were inflamed a few years back, but my white blood cell count was high (around 20,000). A specialist did an ultrasound on them and did not seem concerned whatsoever. He told me that some lymph nodes don't completely go back to normal after a bad infection. I have an appointment with an ENT specialist tomorrow, so hopefully I will get some sort of answer. Does this seem like anything to be concerned about? Besides the palpable nodes and pain, I am feeling healthier than I ever have. I have not been sick for the past year, so enlargement caused by infection is not likely. I know I am unable to get a diagnosis on here, but my anxiety is shooting through the roof so any words are appreciated. Thank you!!
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