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I have had chronic chest pain, back pain (from neck to pelvis), bone pain (not joint pain), abdominal pain, pelvic pain, migraines, and facial flushing for almost 2 years now. During this time my tonsils have been painlessly enlarged.
A few months ago I had a PET scan done. It showed some mildly enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes and mildly increased uptake in the thymus. The big thing it showed was “symmetric, intensely increased uptake in the palatine tonsils”. I was sent to an ENT and they agreed that they were enlarged but since there was no pain there they kinda brushed it off.

The radiologist said it could be an autoimmune condition. But the rheumatologist can’t figure it out.

Does anyone know what all these things put together could point to? I’ve had all the blood tests and they’ve found nothing but a CT 6 months ago did show sclerosis of the sternum. Could enlarged tonsils be similar to an enlarged spleen?

Thank you for your help!

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replied November 26th, 2018
Immune Disorders Answer A64628
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!
I read your question and I understand your concern.
Painless enlarged tonsil is benign condition. Its not like enlarged spleen that signifies lymphoproliferative disorder. Your symptoms are consistent with somatoform pain disorder or it could be due to hormonal imbalance.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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