I've had what I've learned is a swollen lymph node in my groin for several months. I initially thought it was an ingrown hair -- I get those a lot -- but it kept getting bigger and didn't go away, and I noticed it would swell more during my periods, so I finally went to see my gyno. He said it was probably a hydradenoma or an infection, or maybe even a pimple. So we've been checking on it every few weeks. It is generally painless, except when it is exceptionally swollen right before or during my period. The lump is about 2cm by 1cm. It's been a little over a month since I first went in, and my gyno is ready to have my lymph node removed/biopsied. He wants to see me one more time first, though. But I just received some news that makes me think I probably don't have cancer...
I started dating a gentleman about two months ago. I've known him for four years, though, and live in a small community, so I can verify his entire sexual history. We had both been tested for STDs, and had not had sex in months, so we assumed it was safe to have unprotected sex (I'm on the pill).
We broke up, but he called me a week ago to tell me that he thinks he has an STD. First the underside of his testicles started itching, then one of his lymph nodes became swollen and tender, and now one of his testicles is swollen.
It's hard for me to determine what symptoms I have. I've had vaginismus all my life, so sex is almost always painful for me. And I always have a discharge.
I am now left with several questions:
1) Back when I got tested for STDs at the sketchy free clinic, the doctor didn't perform one of the standard tests -- which one it was escapes me now -- because he said that I would definitely have symptoms of it at that point. I waited 2 months after having sex to get tested. What test do you think it was for, and could that be what's causing his and/or my symptoms?
2) The guy I was seeing went to Planned Parenthood to have himself checked out. The doctor thought he had herpes because she knew we'd both been tested for STDs, but neither of us have sores. Could it be herpes?
3) Could these potential STDs be causing the swelling in my lymph node? Or should I go ahead with the biopsy?
4) I do have some pink bumps on my skin around my bikini line, but I am fairly confident that they are just pimples/ingrown hairs. I tried googling images of herpes, but I could only find really severe examples. How can I distinguish between a Herpes lesion, another STD lesion, and a pimple? I was able to pop them, and pus came out just like a pimple. And most of them had an obvious ingrown hair in them to be plucked out.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me! I'm terrified, broke, and about to lose my health insurance indefinitely.
1. I really have no idea what test would be that. I only know that complete testing for STD includes tests for: gonorrhea, syphilis, Haemophilus ducreyi (chancroid), lymphogranuloma venereum, granuloma inguinale, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma hominis, trichomonas, HSV-1/2 and HPV. All these are sexually transmitted and can cause local genital lesions. Beside them you can be also tested for HIV, HBV and HCV that are sexually transmitted but do not cause genital lesions.
Your vaginal discharge can be also due to infections that are not considered as sexually transmitted such as candidiasis and bacterial vaginosis.
2. Your former partner probably has some i testicular infection. I can't be sure what caused it but it is definitely not caused by herpes. Herpes can cause only skin and mucosal lesions and can't affect the testicles.
3. Some of the STD I mentioned above can cause swelling of lymph nodes. But swelled lymph node can be also due to some other even more serious diseases (tumor) so biopsy is absolutely necessary to diagnose your disorder precisely.
4. Herpes lesions are caused by HSV. The evolve trough 4 stadiums. Start like red painful bumps that turn into vesicle, then erosion and finally crust. Vesicles are filled with transparent liquid. Pimples are bacterial infection of the hair follicle. They are filled with pus. Ingrown hair can cause chronic inflammation combined with bacterial infection.
Thank you for your response. Would you mind being more specific? Which STDs can cause swollen lymph nodes? Also, my partner just informed me that he just discovered a single sore under his testicles. Could it be Herpes, after all? And what else might that indicate?
Syphilis, Haemophilus ducreyi (chancroid), lymphogranuloma venereum, granuloma inguinale and primary HSV-infection can cause swollen lymph nodes. Outbreaks of HSV are manifested only with skin lesions.
Sore on the scrotum can be caused by HSV but there is no way that HSV can affect the testicles. I believe that your partner has some bacterial infection. He should visit an urologist.
If I were you I would concentrate myself on that swollen single lymph node that waits for biopsy and wouldn't care about partner's testicles or possible HSV infection so much.
I got my first swollen lymph node when I was around 13 years old(I'm a girl fyi). My lymph node got really big and tender. The top of it was squishy,because it was filled with liquid stuff. I got to the point where I couldn't walk. I went to my doctor and had it removed, but it was never biopsed. I am now 20 and still am getting them sometimes they don't hurt but other times I will get three at a time. Then at least one will get really tender and filled with liuid. Which I now started to pop and I get puss or clear stuff to come out of it. Then I put a band aide on them and they go away....But come back eventually. Do you think its serious or should I just continue to pop them to get them to go away.