Possible lymphoma? So confused!?

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Hi, I’m 15 and have started to suddenly have some strange symptoms. I firstly thought it could be an eye problem, as I’m having increasing floaters, floating dark lines and flashes. However recently I’m starting to suspect something different as I have started to have problems with my whole body. Firstly, I’m having bad eye pain and headaches that are constant throughout the day. I’m also having random, shooting pains in what I’m suspecting are my lymph nodes, as the pains are in places all around my body that are in very classic lymph node places. Yesterday, I was cutting vegetables and strangely found both hands shaking. I have been feeling very tired lately. (Whether that is related to other symptoms or just the heat I’m not sure). Just today, I have started to feel like I have a cold coming on. (Runny nose and my voice sounds weird.) and not only this but I felt as if a had pressure in my chest, and very occasional pain after sitting down when I’ve exerted myself. I’m very confused, and have seen that some of these symptoms are related to lymphoma. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? Any answers or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi elliemorgan. You have  so many symptoms it's hard to see what the problem could be. However, since you are really worried, I think you need to see your doctor right away. He/she will probably have you take a blood test which will give him an idea what the problem is.  It really is necessary to see a doctor. Best wishes, hope you can get diagnosed soon. Let us know what the outcome is. harrishill 

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    Hello. I'm not nearly as young as you are however I can say that my symptoms started with a sudden onset of eye floaters and flashes and then progressed to other odd neurological symptoms. I also noticed that it all initiated when I overextended my jaw and heard/felt a pop. I couldn't open my mouth without extreme pain for days and couldn't eat. I developed a sore throat and oddly flu-like symptoms and fatigue when it wasn't flu season and no one around me was ill. After visiting the doctor they could only tell me that it wasn't any illness but that my blood tests came back showing a severe Vitamin D deficiency. I was put on 50,000 units a week and told I should be able to recover. Since then I felt stronger but never the same. I went to three ENT's who told me it could have been TMJ, an Opthamologist who told me I now have eye floaters like a 62 year old, (I'm 40), but that's just "the luck of the draw" and I would just have to live with it. My general physician took X-rays and found I was developing cervical scoliosis and slipped discs, (I used to be a gymnast). None of them felt I needed anything further and they still don't. Regardless, I schedule 6 months visits with an oncologist just to keep checking my blood for lymphoma and other cancers through blood testing because I've been told I have lymphoedema and it may or may not turn into lymphoma at some point. I've seen an infection specialist who tested me for everything he could and my IgM levels were just slightly high showing I have some infection in my body but on further testing they determined it wasn't polyclonal, (cancerous). What infection...they still don't know. I've also had MRI's, X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds because I could feel pain in areas where some of my lymphnodes are). I've been living with the floaters, (the flashes have stopped), sore lymphnodes that wax and wayne in some areas, and the occasional fatigue as well as odd new symptoms popping up here and there for 5 years now. Since we all have very different anatomy's it's very important to see a doctor for labs. Make sure when you go to see a doctor that you understand the different types of tests needed to detect lymphoma as a CBC, (blood test), will not detect Hodgkin Lymphoma. Depending on your type of medical coverage and your concern about possible lymphoma, it would be best to see and talk to an oncologist/hematologist as opposed to a general physician. If that's not possible, hopefully your general physician can order the type of scans needed to detect lymphoma, (or simply determine what specialist you actually need to see). The bitter-sweet thing about lymphoma is if at all your doctor discovers you have it, it is listed by medical science as one of the most curable cancers in its early stages and based on age, (the younger the stronger at fighting it). My 17 year old cousin finished treatment for stage 3 lymphoma a year ago and she's been doing great. For now, don't worry that you have it because stress is not good for anyone and anything you read online is just going to stress you out because it's general information. If you have a parent or caretaker you can talk to about it you should and ask to be taken to a doctor. Include as many people in what's going on with you as you can who can be your support, not because you're afraid you have cancer but because you're definitely going through an illness that may be taken care of easily the sooner you get it looked at. You'll also need an adult to make sure the doctor you see does all that he/she can to make sure you get every test you need to rule things out and give you peace of mind. Based on your age, your symptoms right now, and if you don't have lymphoma that runs in your family, a doctor won't be quick to test for lymphoma. Scans are not good for our bodies but if they have to be done, they have to be done. Keep everyone posted on how you're doing and don't hesitate to reach out to this community or others online, even if you just need to vent.

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      Thank you so much for this response! You have been very helpful. I will deffinitley take your advice. Thanks again.
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