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lumps on my neck and armpit that come and go?

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I have had lumps on my neck and armpit that come and go since age 14, Im 21 now. I have had trouble coughing these past few years and Im always tired no matter how much sleep I get. Unrelated or related I barely eat or sleep but that may be from other things. I was wondering why Im sore and sensitive on my neck and armpits. I dont have an std. If its non hodgkins lymphomia how do I prepare for treatment if I have no family and little income?

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replied January 20th, 2012
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Hello and welcome to e health forum. ‎

The description of the lump (Location and the tenderness) indicates it to be a enlarged lymph node, ‎‎‎associated with a transient infection in the chest wall, breast or lungs.

Lymph node enlargement is a very common sign and can cause many people to get stressed and ‎‎‎‎€Žlose their sleep. A few major symptoms and danger signs can help you differentiate very common ‎‎‎benign conditions and from those indicating conditions like €Žcancer and chronic diseases. ‎

Symptoms like persistent fever, weight loss, night sweats along with multiple enlarged, painless lymph ‎‎‎nodes may indicate conditions like lymphoma or cancer.‎

You might consult a doctor for a physical examination and if needed a course of antibiotics, to help ‎‎‎clear any asymptomatic infections. ‎

In addition, you might benefit by getting a PPD test, Sputum Examination and a X ray chest, to rule out Tuberculosis or conditions like pneumonia.

In case of doubt, and if the lump has lasted more then 4-6 weeks, a ‎biopsy of the ‎lymph nodes for a ‎definitive ‎diagnosis might be helpful.‎

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