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Hi i posted this originally in Lymphoma about a week ago and no response. Im really worried and can use some insight/opinions:
Im 33 y/o male. A little background on me...I dont smoke, i drink socially (on occasion), my dad had stomach cancer and my grandma on his side had pancreatic cancer. I also had my tonsils removed at 4 yrs old. Other than im fairly healthy.
Three months ago, i Noticed what felt like a piece of bone sticking out of the left supraclavicular area of my neck from beneath the skin. It is NOT visible on outside of skin you can only palpate it to know its there.
It feels hard like a piece of bone, about the size of my pinky finger tip. It does not hurt but if i keep palpating/messing around with it (due to being paranoid about it) then i will eventually feel a dull tender ache (not exactly "painful"wink. I dont know how long its been there but i just happen to feel in that area 3 months ago and noticed it.
Last month i saw my primary doc who said its nothing to be concerned about its just a lymph node. She ordered an ultrasound (NON-stat). The ultrasound tech looked at both sides of my neck including thyroid and said all looked fine, even the lymph node in question.
I followed up with my primary doc who read the results which came back as a benign lymph node with a fatty hilum and its not swollen. She referred me to the ENT doc to see if there was possibly an infection in the area causing it.
The ENT examined my ears nose and throat, he also palpated and examined both sides of my neck. He said i shouldnt worry about it, hes not concerned, he said theres nothing else he can tell me other than to keep an eye on it for 6 months to a year and get another ultrasound if its still there. He said it does not fit any of the criteria to be malignant.
Im not in any discomfort but its just that im worried. Whenever i turn my head the opposite direction i can sometimes feel it there without touching it, like a "fullness" type of feeling.
Any advice? Any thoughts on what could be causing this? My doc said it could be a number of different things but none of them cancerous in my case.
The only thing i can think of (and forgive me if this sounds stupid) is ongoing stress...?? For instance, in the past year, its been back to back stress... My wife and i had to pay a lawyer $4k to win this case we were fighting, it took most of the year to win it but i had to pay him with a credit card that im still paying off. Then right after that is when my father died. Then a week after that my wife lost her job over some BS and ive been trying to help her find another one for 3 months now.
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