Mar 10, 2011 - 3:08 pm
First of all, please forgive my poor english, this is not my native language (I am from Poland) but I will try to describe my problem as good as I can.
Many (at least five) years ago I discovered a strange structure in my salivary gland. I did nothing with it, it was painless, I thought it was a kind of bone or cartilage. Throught all this years, nothing was happen with this tumor, I almost forget that something like that exists in my salivary.
This winter I had a flu and the tumor started to pain. My doc said it is nothing special, just an old lymph node, but I did an ultrasonography which showed that it is not a lymph node. Then, I did a biopsy of that tumor but nothing special was found there -- only a lot of red blood cells and some groups of normal salivary gland cells. Additionaly I had a huge lymph node (about 3 cms), which dissappeared (I mean: came back to normal size) after recovery from the flu. At this time I have normal lymph node.
The tumor is removable, not so huge (about 15x10 mms), it does not grow up (or maybe precisely: I dont feel by fingers that it doesnt grow up), but it PAINS. Frankly speaking I am not so sure that the tumor pains or maybe it pains somewhere very close to it. When I touch and press the place close to the tumor, it pains more.
OK, the punchline. I have been reading that pain is characteristic for malignant tumors. Does my pain mean I have a malignant tumor? Or maybe bening tumor can also be painful?