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Hello and first I want to thank you for reading this! Thank you thank you! I know and understand you can't get definitive answers on the Internet, I'm just seeing what others have to say based on their experiences and knowledge. Okay so I am a 20 year old female. About 2-3ish years ago I noticed a bump on the right side of my neck and I'm almost 100% sure it is a lymph node. You push in under my right side of my jaw to feel it and I'm pretty sure either my jugular vein or an artery is behind it because I can feel a pulse. So, I've known about that for a couple years now but I stupidly ignored it because I didn't want to deal with it and was naive and didn't think it was anything serious. I really don't think it has grown. It feels about the size of an almond or small olive and is a little hard. I don't know if it's rock hard or not but it's definitely not soft. No classical "B symptoms" Ive had weight loss but I strongly believe it is because this summer I worked two very active jobs. Some days I worked 17 hours and only really had time to eat once a day. I was 150 now I'm 127. Increased calorie burn and decreased calorie consumption = weight loss. I am 20 and 5"1 and was overweight anyways. I've been anxious lately about all this because I've noticed other nodes in my neck. Not sure if weight loss in my neck made them more apparent or if they were from an infection and never went down. None of them are as big or as hard as the one near the jugular vein but it has been two ish months and they haven't gone away. I have one on the left cervical chain size 1-1.5cm at the biggest. On the right cervical chain more further down I have 3 or 4 that I can feel that are close together. They are small. I don't know if they are "matted" because I'm not a professional. I have two on the back of my neck bilateral however the left one is twice the size of the right one. I have random painful thyroid swellings (I think they are thyroid swellings) and noticed I have a node on either side of my thyroid. I am a smoker and get a decent amount of sinus and throat problems. I don't have the best dental hygiene. I have had really nasty tonsil infections on the right side of my neck near the big node that I'm the most worried about. I do have a bump on my right tonsil that has been there for 4+ years and has never grown. Only grows when a bad infection gets in my tonsil then it goes back down in size. I finally cracked down and went to the health center of my university because I couldn't take the anxiety anymore. not thrilled with the doctor there but she set me up for an ultrasound appointment. I had to be the one to request a CBC, results came back normal however I have read that doesn't always mean anything. I've also read that an ultrasound cannot always tell you a whole lot. At this point all I want is an excisional biopsy. I don't want to even mess with a FNA biopsy because I have read all the inconsistencies with those. I'm really just venting here Beacuse nobody around me really knows anything. I'm trying to stay positive but feel like something is not right. I've read about lymphoma, ( I am aware of slow growing indolent lymphomas) head and neck cancer, tonsil cancer, thyroid cancer, sarcoidosis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis (I have polycystic ovarian syndrome), Graves' disease, hyperthyroidism and can't tell which one is more likely for my symptoms. I really just have enlarged nodes and random painful thyroid swellings that will last about 3-5 days. Thanks for reading sorry for such a long post I've just been super anxious and depressed lately.
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