What Does A Swollen Lymph Node feel like?

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Posted 9/15/2008 by princess_and_the_pea in NSBR Board


PeaNut 357,204
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Posted: 9/15/2008 2:40:16 PM
I tend to freak out about every possible medical condition imaginable, I know I do, so this could possibly be nothing at all. I was rubbing DH's neck & shoulders Saturday night, and I noticed a small little knot (or lump, I don't know what to call it), on the back of his neck. It's on the right side of the back of his neck. You can't see it just from looking, you have to feel it. I pointed it out to him, and he said it doesn't hurt at all. About an hour later, we felt it again, and you really have to hunt to find it. There's not one on the same spot on the other side of his neck.

Does anyone have any idea what this could be? He's not worried at all about it, and thinks I'm overreacting. (Which I know, I tend to do.) I'm thinking maybe a swollen lymph node? If it gets any bigger or doesn't go away, I'll be getting him into the doctor. Just thought I'd see if the peas had any idea...there's usually at least 1 or 2 people here that have an experience with this or that. Thanks in advance, ladies!

(I should say, it's roughly the size of a small pea.)


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Posted: 9/15/2008 2:54:19 PM
Sounds to me like a swollen lymph node, I get them alot around my hairline!



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Posted: 9/15/2008 2:59:21 PM
Thanks, Nursesweets--do you mind if I ask if yours go away on their own?

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Posted: 9/15/2008 3:54:52 PM
I have three active swollen lymph nodes right now. One just below the hairline at the back of my neck and two on the side of my neck right at the midline. I had mine checked by a doctor (I had mono and didn't even KNOW), and this is what they said.

If it is firm and moves around when you poke it; if it is smaller than a dime; if it is painless; if you are not having night sweats or unexplained weight loss or unexplained bad headaches; it is probably not a big deal. They can do bloodwork to see if you have markers for inflammation or other issues and can pretty much guess why your lymph nodes are swollen from the results of your bloodwork. Most of the time it's nothing major at all - your body fighting an infection of some kind. Even just eczema can cause them!

Mine grew for about a month, peaked at about the size of a peanut M&M, stayed that size for three months, and are now shrinking.

It's not a bad thing to go have the bloodwork done if it will settle your mind. There is a really strong marker for lymphoma (which is the way-out-there worst-case scenario) that they can see in your bloodwork. My GP said the first thing everybody wonders when they find a lump is whether it's cancer, and 99% of the lumps she examines aren't.
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