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Swollen submandibular nodes

Hi doctors and fellow users. I have these two submandibular lymph nodes under my chin on either side that are around about the size of a pea or a bean. The nodes are firm, not squishy and I can move them around. They initially became swollen about 3 years ago and at one point they were really irritating and I would poke at them quite often. I believe that the swelling went down, but they have remained pea sized or bean sized for about 3 years now. I'm not sure if I have had any of the typical symptoms of lymphoma except for these swollen nodes which I have had for 3 years now. I did however experience weight loss of around 10-13 pounds at one point in the past 3 years, but I think it was due to my low caloric intake. Also, my upper body tends to increase in temperature after I consume certain foods, making me uncomfortable. My neck also gets warm and uncomfortable at random times. At one point I completely forgot about the nodes but recently I have been able to feel nodes in my lower back which are squishy but concern me nonetheless. I can also feel nodes elsewhere like in my chest but they are smaller and I have been able to feel these nodes for years now. None of these nodes cause me any pain or discomfort, but they do occasionally cause anxiety. Is it normal to be able to feel these nodes? Is it possible that these submandibular nodes could be cancerous even though they've been this way for 3 years now? Remember, they have not increased in size, in fact I think they may have decreased in size since they first swelled. As a side note, I rarely get sick and I have not been sick for a long time now. Can I be reassured that since they have not grown in size that they are not cancerous? Thank you for your help.
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replied June 26th, 2009
I have had swollen nodes in the same area for over 10 years. The left side node is about the size of a peanut M&M the right side a regular M&M. I also get anxious about them but don't have any other symptoms. Is it rare for nodes to be swollen for this long? If so do I need to worry about cancer given the leangth of tiome they have been around?
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replied July 8th, 2009
nvidia,
Any update on your swollen submandibular nodes. I dealing with similair issues only for a longer time period. Like you I get anxious thinking about worse case scenerios. I'm considering seeing a doctor specifically about the nodes but to be honest I feel so stupid for waiting as long as I have.
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replied July 16th, 2009
I too have had swollen submandibular nodes for approximately a year and a half. I recall that itstarted very small and now it feels like a size of an M&M (peanut). I have one on my left and three on my right. They seem fixed and are rubbery. I am worried for the worse. My research on the net suggest lymphoma. I also have this persistent head pressure that started around the same time I noticed the nodes. I'm making an appointment to see my GP but I'm very freightened.
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replied July 17th, 2009
KML,

Try to keep a positive attitude; you are doing the right thing by seeing your GP. There is as good a chance that the nodes are swollen for reasons other than Lymphoma. Take a break from the net...all you read are worse case scenerios. I've been amazed at how many people with similair conditions on forums like this one come back to report diagnosis other than Lymphoma after there DR. exams. Keep us updated.

JPS
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replied July 24th, 2009
Update:

Hi guys. My physician wasn't really concerned and told me to go to a throat specialist if they persist. I've learned that lymph nodes sometimes swell and remain enlarged indefinitely. I wouldn't worry if your nodes are pea sized like mine and remain that size. After all, pea sized nodes are considered to be normal. You should only be concerned if they continue to grow over a period of time and if you begin to experience other symptoms related to lymphoma. As someone who worried about his lymph nodes for several years, I would suggest that you visit your physician if you are concerned about your lymph nodes. More likely than not, your physician will reassure you that you do not have lymphoma. In fact, thanks to my physician, I have learned that many of the "nodes" I was feeling all over my body were actually lipomas.
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replied October 4th, 2011
I too, have just discovered two small pea sized lumps under my chin. Its nice to see that someone has been to the doctor for it and has been told its not lymphoma or any other invasive disease. I am a hypochondriac and I have spent a lot of money going to the doctor. I've been having issues with my throat over the past three years and it it seems like the issues are becoming more prevalent. I feel like I have something in the back of my throat, or it feels dry, or like I am clinching my throat. I have also been feeling an ulcer like feeling deep in my throat when this happens. I feel the pain in my back. Anyone have similar symptoms, advice to give?
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replied January 25th, 2012
Me too
Hello I too suffer from these small swollen lumps under my chin I have had them going on about a month I went to the doctor and had blood work done and my results came up that I was fighting a small amount of bacteria or a cold virus. I to am a hypochondriac and worry about these things because I am young and have anxiety. I am happy to hear that it is nothing serious and that it could be as simple as having allergies.
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