Lump on Left Side of my Neck. Never Seen Before.

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Lump on Left Side of my Neck. Never Seen Before.

by Strikernr on Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:00 AM

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Today i noticed a lump at the bottom left side of the neck just above the collor bone. I was scratching my neck when i felt some pain and my figures slipped on this lump. I had never noticed it before. I've been readind on internet as to what it could be. Some sites say it could Lymphoma, a type of cancer and some say it is just an infection. I'm 24 and i'm really worried. I've made an oppointment with my family doctor. What kind of question should i ask him and what do i need to know before walking to his office? I don't trust him because in the past he has led me down. So, I just want to educate myself on this more so that i can ask him the right question and put him on spot.

Thoughts

by Amnia on Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:00 AM

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1. how did your doctor let you down before? why stay with a doctor you don't trust? 2. lymph nodes get bigger in response to an infection. once the infection clears up, the lymph nodes slowly return to normal size over 3-4 weeks. 3. lymph nodes get bigger with lymphoma and don't get smaller in 3-4 weeks. 4. there are two ways to handle this. (A) the doctor can wait 3-4 weeks and see if it gets smaller. maybe put you on an antibiotic to help things along in case it is some type of infection. In 3-4 weeks if it is not smaller get a biopsy. (B) see a surgeon and have the lymph node biopsied right away. The decision between (A) and (B) is up to you and your doctor. 5. "collar" and "appointment" are both spelled with an "a," not an "o." also, the expression is "let me down" not "led me down." 6. there are two blood tests, Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) and Beta-2-microglobulin, that are often elevated in lymphoma. get those, as well as a CBC. good luck to you, -Amnia

hi

by Strikernr on Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:00 AM

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Thanks for the quick reply. I went to my doctor today. He examined my lump and said it could be Lymph Node. Upon asking if it is serious, he didn't give any definite answer. He said, sometimes they can be serious and sometimes not. Now, my question to is, what is the ratio of these kinds of lumps being serious and non-serious? Is it most of them time serious and only few cases non-serious or the other way around? My doctor didn't give any medicines but asked me report back after 3 weeks if it doesn't go away. Should i be concerned? Thanks again for the help, Striker

Thoughts

by Amnia on Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:00 AM

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i have never heard of any studies to find out what percentage of enlarged lymph nodes turn out to be lymphoma. if you had read my previous response before you saw your doctor you would have asked for the beta-2-microglobulin and LDH blood tests, which, if elevated, would have given you an answer to your question. -Amnia

Lump in Neck

by Honolulujoe on Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:00 AM

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I'd go with Amnia's option B. I found a lump on the left side of my neck. Initially, my internist gave me antibiotics and told me to see a head and neck specialist within a week. My inital ENT gave me additional antibiotics for several more weeks. I won't go into details, but he turned out to be not very competent. I saw another ENT and he immediately had me get a biopsy, which proved positive for squamous cell carcinoma. If the lymph node is poositive for cancer, then that means that there is a primary tumor somewhere causing the cancer which also needs to be treated. To make a long story short, I wound up getting the lymph node removed along with 55 others. They also found the tumor in my left tonsil, which they also removed along with the right. Although my lymph node was very large (3.7cm), it was encapsulated and had not spread to the other nodes. I also had seven weeks of radiation after the surgery. I completed treatments in June 2005 and so far so good. However I did lose six to seven weeks before I finally had my operation and the node and tumor grew. In my view, getting the correct diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible is key before it spreads. Alternatively, knowing for sure that its just an infection will also give you peace of mind. I found that head and neck cancers are relatively rare, and its far better to get a head and neck (preferably head and neck oncology)sooner than later rather. I know its scary, but the sooner you know what it is the better. Like all cancers, the sooner you catch it and treat it, the better. Hopefully it isn't anything, but you should find out soon. One nother thing, through my experience I found that you need to take charge of your own health, make sure you ask the right questions and push for your own interests in your relationships with your doctors. Most are great,but had I been complacent with my first ENT, I would have been far worse off. Joe

Biopsy

by Robroaster on Mon Sep 11, 2006 12:00 AM

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GT, Make sure that you are seeing an ENT. I had a biopsy done that came back negative even though I had cancer. I then had the node removed, which gave us the true biopsy. If they do a needle biopsy and miss the spot where the cancer is, you could mistakenly think you are ok. Find a good ENT, and be certain of their findings. Rob J

Lymph Nodes

by Woobie on Sun Dec 03, 2006 12:00 AM

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please see an ENT asap....this can be very serious. it was for me. turned out to be stage 4 Squamous cell carcinoma. anytime a lump occurs, check it out. even after the first surgery, my dr's didn't think it was serious until it was sent to the lab. i had another radical neck disection one week later. i do not mean to frighten you, but better safe than sorry. ask your dr. to do a needle aspiration if he is unwilling to remove and biopsy the lump. God Speed...........angela

RE: Thoughts

by Fine_Thanks on Tue May 08, 2007 12:00 AM

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Amniotic,

Why don't you settle down a little. The patient was scared, I'm sure. You are attacking them saying that they should say "let me down" instead of "led me down". Maybe a typo, so calm your nerves. Also, the doctor won't perform any blood test unless it is necessary and the insurance company has approved it. I know, I've worked in 4 doctor's offices, 2 insurance companies, and am employed now with a local lab company. (I'm a lab tech)  So, stop knocking people for not following YOUR instructions. By the way, they're suggestions you give folks, not orders. Anyway, I hope you find a better way to bide your time. Thanks!

RE: Lump on Left Side of my Neck. Never Seen Before.

by goshenboy on Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:00 AM

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Im 14 almost 15 i have a lump on my left side of my neck also, my mom said not to worry and thats its nothing, but i have been through so freaky medical things like i got chest pains and it was a blood clot from my foot that passed up my body and landed on my lungs. Is there any reason for the knot on my neck that is giving me migraines?  

RE: Thoughts

by midnightblue on Sat Jul 10, 2010 08:32 PM

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When someone is feeling anxious about their symptoms and looking for support and reassurance it really doesn't help to 'mark' their concerns as if they were from an academic paper and point out their spelling mistakes - it's patronizing and condescending.

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