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Swollen lymph nodes and Parkinson's disease

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I have a couple of questions. My first one is I have alot of swollen lymph nodes(under my arms and in the creases of my legs-up at the pubic area) now I have recently noticed a small lump(pea sized) behind my left ear, is that a lymph node also?If so, why are they all popping up like this?

And about my mother's hand tremors.Her doctor told her that he didn't think she has Parkinsons Disease but hasn't ran any tests to be sure.Even if it's not can't he still give her some meds for Parkinsons Disease and see if it helps?Her hands shake constantly, so bad that she can't hold a cup of coffee without most of it sloshing out.It effects her life so bad that she really doesn't have one.They never seem better and she's had them for years, I think they keep getting worse.

So, can you help me with any of these questions?

Thank you.(who ever you are)

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replied May 15th, 2008
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1. That small lump behind the left ear could be a swollen lymph node but I can’t be sure without an examination. All those swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) could indicate an infection or a lymph tumor. Several diagnostic procedures should be done to find out the reason for this generalized lymphadenopathy. You may want to consult your primary health provider about this and a hematologist, if necessary.

2. There are no specific tests for Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is diagnosed only according to the clinical symptoms and signs. Tremor, muscle stiffness (rigor) and poor movements are the 3 major symptoms/signs of Parkinson's disease. Tremor, alone, can be due to many other reasons beside Parkinson's disease: lesions in the cerebellum, endocrine disorders, neuropathies, medicines, poisoning, etc. You need to consult a neurologist about this.

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