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nodes getting larger, low grade fever, fatigue, chills?

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Should I have surgery to remove & biopsy swollen nodes that show lymph node structure to be normal? I've had some strange symptoms that won't go away. Swollen lymph nodes that slowly are getting larger, low grade persistent fever, fatigue, chills, & i've developed severe lower back pain that feels like it's in my bones. The doctors have no clue what is going on. I've had swollen nodes for almost 2 years & the other symptoms for 6 months. What to do?

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replied October 5th, 2011
Lymphoma Answer A27372

Welcome to the ehealthforum.

Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Other causes include allergic reactions, arthritis, cancer, metabolic diseases, and an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).

For the swollen lymph nodes, you need to get a FNAB (fine needle aspiration biopsy) of the lymph nodes and swollen glands. FNAB is aspiration of the material of the glands which is done by a fine gauge needle (22 or 25 gauge) and a syringe. This will confirm the diagnosis as to what is causing the swollen lymph nodes.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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