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Swollen lymph nodes and enlarged spleen

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Hello. I hope someone can help me as I'm scared. For the past 3 years I have had numerous swollen lymph nodes. I've had CT scans and blood work done numerous times, had my thyroid tested, etc and everything for the most part has come back normal. When they found the swollen lymph nodes they also discovered during an ultra sound that my spleen is enlarged but no explanation for it. Lately I feel extremely worn out, tired for no reason. I keep getting a very swollen lymph node under my jaw line on the left side and last night discovered a lump on the surface of my right rib cage. I've had numerous ear infections since Feb 08 and the doctors have said these various lumps/bumps could be from an old ear infections. But could that explain why I feel so listless? Can anyone tell me if my symptoms sound like something more serious that I can present to my physician because all they've wanted to do since Feb is pump me full of antibiotics but the nodes remain swollen. I am also very sore/tender on my left side (hips, arm, etc)....if anything barely even pushes on my muscles it is painful. I'm only 32 and a mother of 3 and want to be around for my children and husband. What should I do? Thank you sooo much to anyone who can help me.
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replied October 27th, 2008
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Are any of your joints swollen/painful? Do you have any strangely occurring bruising? If you cry, are there tears?

I'm thinking this might be a rheumatic problem...
If you switch physicians maybe a different one will be able to diagnose something that is not an infectious explanation. Or you can try a specialist doctor, but remember that they would focus on their specialty (ie an oncologist would say cancer, an immunologist would say infection).

Don't stress too much.
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replied October 27th, 2008
Hi- thanks so much for the reply. No my joints aren't swollen but I do get achey frequently (mainly in my hips/lower back). No bruising really and my tears are normal when I cry. I forgot to mention I had a c-section with my son almost 6 years ago and my skin had an allergic reaction to the staples....not sure if anything could have developed from that. I hadn't thought of anything rheumatory, thanks for the suggestion, I appreciate it.
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replied July 30th, 2011
I suffer from lot of these lymph noids swollen, my spleen swollen & tired I was told i have graves disease & these are not usual but most likely related the pain to only its on my right side
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replied March 14th, 2009
Pain under ribs and painful lymp nodes
Anyone? I have had a lot of pain under my left rib cage. I can only lay on my back or the pain is too much. My lymp nodes down both sides of my body hurt and ache. Another reason I have to lay on my back instead of my side to sleep. I don't have much of an appetite and am very tired all the time. This is just not me. Please respond.
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replied October 26th, 2009
Spleen pain
Hi. I suggest you have it checked out, and possibly have a CT scan. It doesn't sound right that you have loss of appetite in addition to the pain of the spleen and painful lymph nodes... please have the test done...
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replied August 29th, 2011
I need help too
Hi, I had surgery due to endometriosis 4 years ago. My left ovary was removed. But my doctor found some cyts on my uterus but couldnt take them off as it would damage the tissues. After a couple of months, I developed some cyts on the right. First it was polycystic then as it grows it ha not been clear. Doctors thought it was either endometriosis or dermoid cyst. I had that result through ultrasound 10months ago. At present, I have some lumps on my cervix and abnormal discharge, My cervical lymphnode on the right side of the neck is swollen, and Ive been feeling pain on the left side near the rib which I suspect is a swollen spleen. Ive been diagnosed with anemia. You think this is something I should worry?
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replied May 29th, 2012
I am also, anemic, endometriosis and swollen spleen and lymphs
Did you ever find out what was wrong? I have all of these same things going on. I went to see a chiropractor today and he said I was really bad. Said all my lymphatic areas were very swollen, lymph nodes, spleen area. I have PCOS, hypothyroid and endometriosis. I am sick and worn out all the time. My blood counts were very low and I am trying desperately to find something that will help me feel better.
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replied December 12th, 2012
I to have an enlarged spleen and lymph nodes. Sometimes the spleen is so swollen I can only sleep on my back. My energy levels are so low. My appetite is gone and I have lost weight. The reason I lost weight was my spleen enlarged and restricted my stomach a little. I get painful joints frequently. Luckily my doctor saw a pattern and tested for SLE (Lupus). I have been treated with various medications for years now and on the whole life goes on. My point is if in doubt get blood tests for auto immune diseases as that is one of the most common causes that can be treated. There are of course other diseases but diagnostic blood tests are the most simple tools a doctor has. Anyone who is worried please get help. You are the only ones who can ensure your health is given the respect it diserves. Most diseases are treatable and can make your body a better place to live. I wish you all the best of luck.
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