I have several swollen, somewhat firm, painless lymph nodes in my neck and groin. The only other symptom I have is a sore throat, but it's not consistent at all, and I haven't had it in the past few days. I also have much harder lumps, maybe a little bigger than peas, on the back of my head. For some reason, the ones on my head have greatly gone down in size since they first appeared. The hard lumps on my head appeared before the ones on my lymph nodes from what I could tell, and I was very worried. But they went down in size greatly, so I felt a little better about them. Then I started getting these lumps on my lymph nodes, and now I'm getting worried that I have Lymphoma... The lymph nodes are all about the size of peas, some a little bigger and some a little smaller. They don't seem to be getting any bigger just yet, but I've been noticing new ones. I'm extremely worried. Also, I'm a 16 year old female. Please help.. and thank you for your time.
Lymph node enlargement is a very common sign and can cause many people to get stressed and lose their sleep. A few major symptoms and danger signs can help you differentiate very common benign conditions and from those indicating conditions like cancer and chronic diseases.
Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, where white blood cells (lymphocytes) mature and undergo clonal multiplication. The lymphocytes are important for fighting the infection and clearing the viruses and bacteria from the body. Hence during any infection it is common for the lymph nodes to increase in size and also become a bit tender (pain on application of pressure).
Lymphomas are lymphoid malignancies, which present with multiple and generalized enlargement of lymph nodes all over the body, in the abdominal and chest cavity, enlarged spleen, and / or the bone marrow within the bones. Apart from lymph node enlargement, individuals may have other non specific symptoms like fever and weight loss, loss of appetite, itchiness all over the body, excessive sweating at night, fatigue, weakness, breathlessness along with swelling of the face and neck, etc.
In case you seem to have such symptoms, then you might consult with your doctor for a examination and seek proper treatment and advice.
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