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Forum Name: Lymphoma
|BAMABOYBLG - Wed Dec 29, 2004 1:40 pm||
MY WIFE HAS HAD AN INFLAMED LYMPH NODE IN THE RIGHT SIDE OF HER NECK FOR A YEAR NOW. IT STARTED OFF THE SIZE OF A PEA BUT IS NOW THE SIZE OF A MARBLE. SHE HAS SEEN TWO E.N.T. DOCTORS, AND BOTH HAVE PERSCRIBED ANTI-BIOTICS WITH LITTLE OR NO HELP OR RELEIF. SHE ALSO HAS FREQUENT HEADACHES, TROUBLE SLEEPING, AND MINOR HEARING LOSS BECAUSE OF THIS THING IN HER NECK. SHE CANNOT GET COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO SLEEP BECAUSE IF SHE LAYS ON HER RIGHT SIDE IT PUTS PRESSURE AGAINST HER EAR AND IF SHE LAYS ON HER LEFT IT PUTS PRESSURE ON HER THROAT, AND IF SHE LAYS ON HER BACK IT CAUSES HER ARMS TO GO NUMB. WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THIS MAY BE SOMETHING OTHER THAN A LYMPH NODE AND WAS WONDERING IF ANYTHING ELSE COULD BE CAUSING THIS OR WHAT COULD BE DONE TO TREAT IT.
|Theresa Jones, RN - Sun Jan 02, 2005 7:41 am||
Lymph nodes that enlarge, generally speaking, are the bodies response to infection. However, they generally decrease in size over time, not always returning to normal size. What concerns me is that the lymph node has increased in size despite antibiotic therapy. Has there been no mention of a repeat exam, lab work, biopsy etc.? If these tests have not been done I would suggest that they be completed.
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