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I have found a lump in the left side of my neck. I'm really

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Hi there, I have found a lump in the left side of my neck. I'm really worried about it. I have had no infections and have no other symptoms. I'm really concerned. Can you help me work out what this could possibly be?

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Could you please post a picture of that for me on this page?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
You cant see it on a picture it can only be felt

And you tell me exactly where it's located?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
It is about half way down my neck on the left side
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
It feels very large so I dont know if it's an enlarged lymph node. I have no other symptoms at all do its concerning me that I have this big painless lump
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
I'm scared it's some kind of cancer. What do you think?

Could you post a picture that shows me exactly where it is?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
How will I do that coz you cant see it? It can only be felt

I just need to see the exact location

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
I've drew a line to where I can feel it. Is that any good?

Thanks--that helps

How large is it?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
I would say at least a centimetre

Is it movable?

Any tenderness?

 

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
No tenderness but I think it does move around a bit

It's really not in the right position for a node and even if it were it sounds totally benign

I think it's just a small benign cyst that has no specific trigger for it

So not cancer of any kind

Please let me know if you need any more information

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
What should I do? If it were cancer what would would be different? I'm just really paranoid about this because it feels like a massive lump in the middle of my neck

With cancer there'd be other symptoms--pain, weight loss, possibly fever

Nothing to worry about--just have your doctor check it out

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
It feels quite hard is that also nothing to worry about?

Let's put it this way--if this were me, I wouldn't be worried about it

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Really? I'm worried sick really. Its all I'm thinking about and I'm touching and feeling it all day long. I just cant get cancer out my mind.

Really

This simply isn't cancer

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Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Dies a cyst feel like a but hard round lump in the neck?

Yes it does

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
What is done with them? Are they just left?

They don't need any treatment and many times they go away after a while

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
So sorry last question you 100% dont think this is cancer?

Yes I'm sure it's not cancer

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
Thankyou I've booked an appt with my doctor for next week but I do not think I can want that long. Do you think it would be unreasonable to ring up and get an emergency appt?

There's really no need for that but if it would make you feel better by all means

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Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I am really panicking now as I've found a smaller pea sized lump a bit lower down my neck. I am terrified as I know multiple lumps mean cancer. What do you think?

It still isn't cancer but I can't examine you so just have your doctor do that

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I'm going to ring first thing in the morning and get an appointment. What do you think it is?

Just another cyst

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
What makes you so confident it's not cancer? The first lump I found is so big and the second one I'd pea sized but I bet it will start growing. I'm so scared

I understand but cancer simply doesn't present like that

You'll just have to wait to see your doctor so he can confirm that

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I thought it did. From what I've read it can show as a lump with no other symptoms and now I've got 2 lumps

Dr Google can scare the Dickens out of people

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Very true, theres so many stories on there about people going to doctors and being told it's fine then it turned out months later it was cancer

You never get enough information with those stories to even comment on them

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
Do you think the doctor will agree to send me for a scan? Or will they not if they dont think i need it?

I personally wouldn't get a scan but I can't speak for your doctor

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I will see what they say tomorrow. I just hope it's not cancer. I'm so scared

Let me know how it goes

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I will, dont think I'm going to sleep much tonight

That's what Dr Google can do to folks

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
I've been to doctors and hes doing blood tests and an ultrasound. I'm scared coz this obviously means he thinks there is something wrong

What exactly did he say?

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
He said hes not to worried but will do blood tests and ultrasound to put it to bed. To me if he was confident he wouldn't need to di them

Well that would be standard practice but I'm sure the ultrasound will show they're just benign cysts

Customer: replied 8 days ago.
So do you not think I need to worry?

No need to worry

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I have just read that 80% of neck lumps on the side of the neck where mine is turn out to be cancer in adults. I am absolutely terrified. It feels so big

That's simply not true and you should stop with your own research

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
It was a doctor talking on you tube. I'm just terrified. With it coming out the blue for no reason and how big it is. I'm so scared

I understand but just wait for the tests

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I don't know if you will know but how long are the waiting lists for an ultrasound at the minute? I'm.thinking of going private to get it done within 2 weeks

I don't know that but if it will ease your mind go private

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I'm in the doctors on monday for my blood test so I'm going to ask them and then if it's more than 2 weeks I'm going private. I cant live my life like this. I'm not sleeping, I feel constantly sick with worry and I'm crying all the time

Just stop with your own research--that isn't help you at all

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I am just so on edge, I just dont know what to do with myself. I wish I could have the scan now. I would literally pay anything but it just cant happen. Even going private it's a bit of a wait. To me if it is cancer it could be spreading and lowering my chances of coming out the other side the longer it takes

You're going way overboard with this

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
What do you think that? A lump in the neck is very abnormal especially with no other symptoms

Let's put it this way--if this were me I wouldn't be worried about it

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
But why?

Because I'd know it wasn't cancer

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I just need to know how you know that? It is so big

Sorry but that's all I can tell you

There seems to be no way I can convince you this isn't cancer

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I would believe if you could give me factual information which shows a lump is not cancer

How long have you had it?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I'm not sure. I've known about it 2 weeks but could of been there alot longer

How did you come to notice it?

And how large exactly is it?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I just rubbed my hand over my neck and felt it I would say about a grape

And again--what exactly did the doctor say about it?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Not that worried but will do blood tests and scan to rule anything out. Said it feels like a lymph node

Do you have any nodes you can feel anywhere else?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
One tiny pea sized one a little lower down on the same side

Well if this were something like lymphoma you'd have obvious nodes in other places--groin, armpit, etc

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
I cant feel anymore, so you cant have lymphoma if you have 2 lumps in neck only?

No you can't

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Even in the beginning stages?

Yes

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
Thanks

Sure

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
It's just so hard for me coz when you read peoples stories alot of them have had a lump in neck and nowhere else. Why do you think the doctor has referred for an ultrasound if hes not worried?

Just standard practice

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Have you known alot of people with lumps like me that havnt been cancer?

Lots

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Will they be able to tell from the blood tests and ultrasound if I have it. I'm scared ot will get missed

Yes they will

Don't start getting into what if's--that's a wast of energy and thought

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
I just feel like the wait is killing me. Why does it take so long to get seen

I can't answer that

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
What can I do to make this more bearable. I'm not sleeping, eating and cant focus on anything

Try either melatonin or valerian

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
What do you think the likelihood is I have cancer from what I have told you. The lump is round, painless about the size if a grape

I'm sorry but at this point we aren't getting anywhere

If you need me again we need a new page

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
I'm sorry I'm just so scared. I know you must be fed up