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I'm a 34 yr old female, healthy, work out 4-5 days a week and have no symptoms of lymphoma. I have had an enlarged lymph node (1.5cm), relatively small, size of a small pea for around 6-7 months. I've also had this prolonged head cold - really minor, but I'm always slightly congested in the nose and have mucus on my throat that causes me to cough. I'm also a papillary thyroid cancer suvivor (15 yrs next year), and am paranoid about any types of lumps that I find.
So I went to the doctor 2 days ago, and the visit was brief and he emphasized all my fears and here I am feeling completely hopeless as I am reliving my first cancer diagnosis. He didn't question my head cold at all, said that my lump was not a lymph node and either a sebaceous cyst or a tumor on the parotid gland or a lymph node within the paratoid gland. I had a biopsy - he took 4 samples, he called me yesterday and said it is an aggravated lymph node, he found no cancer cells, with lymphoma they look for duplicative white blood cells which he did not find and he found a mix which is normal.
He does say this does not rule out low grade lymphoma (I get it, my first thyroid cancer diagnosis they found nothing with a biopsy and then found cancer after removal). But he wants to give me antibiotics and steroids 9I heard steroids are not good because they cause anything to shrink and cover the problem?) to see if it will shrink. Hsaid to come back in 4 weeks, if it hasn't he will remove it and do a pathology.
Part of me is freaking out and going through the worst case scenario. The other part of me is saying, but what about your cold? It's not a huge growth, why is he telling me it could be lymphoma? All of this is going on while in a month I am supposed to go through IVF, I am about to get engaged, I have all of these future plans happening and the c-word is making me fall into this deep paranoid depression right before the holidays.
If anyone has some words of wisdom, experience to share, advice - I would greatly apperciate it.
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