Post # 1
I went to the doctor’s last week for a physical and she noted a small gland on the right side of my neck. She asked if I had been sick, or had a sore throat, I told her no. I’ve felt totally fine! Anyways, she said to keep an eye on it, and to let her know if it gets any bigger, changes, etc. I thought no big deal, sure. Anwyays, I woke up Saturday morning and it looked like I had swallowed a ping pong ball, and this thing was sore to the touch. I didn’t know what the hell had happened, and thought it was crazy weird that this stupid gland that I have never even noticed before, decided to all of a sudden flare up! Anyways, it’s now Tuesday, it’s gone down some but not all, and I am freaking out. Everything I read online is about lymphoma and other cancers and I’m now scared shitless. I have an appt. tomorrow. I just wanted to post my irrational rant in the hopes that someone will tell me I’m nuts and they’ve had the same thing, blah blah blah blah. I have no sore throat, feel totally fine, and am just a nervous wreck about this lump in my neck!!
Post # 3
It is fairly common to have a cyst in glands around the neck. For the life of me I can’t remember what they’re called but I’ll try to think of it. Without knowing exactly where it is obviously nobody can say one way or another but I wouldn’t worry. Cancerous lumps also tend to not be painful to the touch, although that’s not any kind of absolute rule.
Post # 4
Don’t worry, webMD always thinks it’s cancer. I’ve convinced myself that I was way more sick than I actually was because of something I read online probably like 100 times by now!
Post # 5
@jules28: The swelling can be caused by any infection. Not necessarily a sore throat or cancer. Your lymphatic system is responsible for fighting infection which is the swollen gland you are noticing. Try not to freak out! Keep us posted..
Post # 6
Also, it is my understanding that cancer doesn’t grow and decrease or swell and then go down. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
I’ve had similar sounding situations with lumps and knots in my neck area. They’ve all turned out to be nothing serious (usually a viral infection that is not causing me any other “typical” symptoms). But it is good that you’re seeing a doctor just to be sure!
Post # 7
Thank you ALL so much! i know I’m probably being a total head case right now, and your responses all made me feel better and were reassuring!