I am 18 and going to be going to med school...not that, that matters, but I had a quick question...
On June 1st I Noticed A small lump on my neck...a hard lump felt almost kind of like a bean attached to something on my neck... So I reasearched it and most said it was lymph nodes...Which I believe to be correct since I had a cold when it appeared and previously have had lymph nodes swell behind my ears...It appears to be slightly above my collar bone but it is still there...Now Its been a 2 weeks and I was wondering is it common to stay this long and how will it change in feeling if it is a lymph node (i.e what does a lymph node feel like compared to a cancerous lump) It feels as though it has either decreased in size or is sinking down towards the collar bone, but is their any kind of medication i need? I was going to wait 3-4 weeks and if I noticed no change go to the doctor and request a biopsy since thats what other people who had the same thing mentioned...Do I need Any Medication, Should I see A Doctor Sooner? Just curious...
Typically, when there are symptoms of an upper respiratory infection (runny nose, sore throat, fever), slightly tender nodes under the skin around the ears, under the chin, or on the upper part of the neck are felt.
In most of the cases, swelling of the lymph nodes diminishes in a period of two weeks.
Is this node hard and fixed to the skin?
Do you find this node closer to the collar bone or located in the upper part of neck?
Node is not hard and fixed to the skin its pretty lose and I am able to move it around a little bit, not much but some, feels as though it could be attached to something on the neck...do lymph nodes flow freely through the body?
The Node is closer to the collar bone probably less than an inch above it on the left side of my neck...