I have had palpable lymph nodes in my neck for a few month now. I've been sick with the flu, had step throat, my mom died and my grandmother died (stress and grief), and I have three children who have also been constantly sick all winter. I've gotten these nodes checked out via sonogram by three different doctors. No one seems worried. One told me if they aren't gone in three months he'd suggest a PET scan. Now I'm scared. I don't have any wierd symptoms except I'm tired a lot - but I have 3 kids ages 7,5 and 1.5 years old so that's just a fact of life for me. I've also had a chest x-ray (everything is fine), and blood tests revealed that I had mono at one point but it was inactive at the time of the test (which was in December). The blood tests also showed that I was slightly anemic, but I am a vegetarian, and that could very well be the cause of that. No night sweats or fever, nothing strange. Except that I am extremely anxious about this!!! Are palpable lymph nodes that have been there for a while always something to be worried about?
Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, where white blood cells (lymphocytes) mature and âundergo clonal multiplication. The lymphocytes are important for fighting the infection and clearing the âviruses and bacteria from the body. Hence during any infection it is common for the lymph nodes to âincrease in size and also become a bit tender (pain on application of pressure). Chronic inflammation also is a major cause of such enlargements.â
Symptoms like persistent fever, weight loss, night âsweats along with multiple enlarged, painless âlymph ââânodes may indicate conditions like lymphoma or âcancerâ. â
But since you do not have such symptoms and all investigations are normal so far, there should be no need to be concerned.
The nodes should reduce on their own within a few weeks. In case they are persistent, you can consult your doctor who can if needed do a biopsy. This will help to clear all your doubts and anxiety.
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