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, please help. im 32 yrs old and 5 weeks ago i noticed a

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hi, please help. im 32 yrs old and 5 weeks ago i noticed a small (5mm) rubbery/hard lump on the left side of my neck it was fairly mobile and painless. i went to my gp and she told me it was a calcified lymph node and not a concern but to come back if anymore came up or if it got any bigger. after 4 weeks of it staying the same another 2 lumps came up also painless fairly hard, and close to the first lump but fairly mobile. within the last week more have come up and ive now counted 7. i went yesterday to an out of hours gp and he told me as i have been unwell in the last week (sore throat, popping ear sound, diahorrea and a small area on my chest had a pinprick rash) he said he was not really worried because of being unwell. the original lump has slowly increased in size very slightly but now the other lumps both sides of my neck are larger than the first. i have had no fever night sweats etc but im terified i have lymphoma or worse mestatic cancer from another part of my body. i have 2 young children and im a single mother and its breaking my heart. is there any other benign causes for my symptoms, and should i trust the doctor i saw and 'not worry myself about it being sserious' as he said. im so confused and sad i dont know what to think. im waiting for a gp to call me back about another appointment. please offer advice or any info. im desperate. thank you. cara.
Hi Cara and I understand your concern here. First off, did your doctor get a CBC to check things like your white cell count?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

yes but about 5 weeks ago, all normal except for a slightly fatty liver

And how long have you been feeling unwell Cara?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

8 days approx

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

8 days

OK Cara and we can continue after this if you'd like.

First off, lymphoma doesn't act like this. The nodes affected don't just suddenly appear as quickly as yours did and there should also have been something abnormal in your CBC like a white blood cell count of 20,000 at least

These are probably nodes that have shown up because of an infection in your throat, although I might also suspect mononucleosis as another possible cause and I would screen you for that.

I would trust the doctor that you saw when he told you this was nothing so worrisome as lymphoma

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
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Cara--I don't understand the relist? It does take a few minutes for me to read your response and then answer. Was there any more information you needed?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

What happened there im not sure but when i tried to reply 'not satisfied with answer' came up, when i tried to click back to your reply, it cut me off? what i was trying to reply was, i know you said that lymphoma doesnt act this quickly (within 2 weeks) but if the cancer has mestasised from cancer somewhere else in the body could it cause the nodes to enlarge this quickly?

No, that wouldn't happen either Cara. Metastatic cancer to a lymph node would only hit a single node and not multiple nodes like this. I know how worried you are about this but seriously I see no reason to be concerned about any cancer with what you've told me here.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** also just ask, my tonsils are very enlarged and hard also, would they be this way with lymphoma? some of the lumps seem to be 'matted together' does this concern you?

No, the tonsils wouldn't be involved with lymphoma but certainly with mono they get large. No concern about the nodes matting together. I know you're still worried but I assure you, if this were me, I wouldn't have any cancer concerns
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

many thanks, ***** ***** my mind. Also apologies for the confusion. thanks, cara.

That's OK Cara--the system has some glitches from time to time

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