Oct 31, 2011 - 6:49 am
I recently had posted in the Head & Neck section but my story has changed somewhat so I figured it might not be appropriate to post there. Anyway, this is the link to the thread since it has lots of information that would be tedious to repost here:
Here's the short version:
I recently went to an ENT clinic because I noticed a slight swelling in one of my neck glands on my right side. The ENT at my college campus was dismissive and said there was nothing wrong. I was a bit worried so I went to get a second opinion. The ENT clinic doctor said that the swelling is very common and that it's not really a cause for concern, but told me to get an ultrasound and FNA to be safe.
I went to the campus ENT two weeks ago and I'm relatively sure there was no swelling back then. It started maybe 1.5 weeks ago AFTER I saw the campus ENT. In the past 3 days I've developed a very slight sore throat but I don't feel sick at all.
I got the ultrasound today and the radiologist said there is an enlarged lymph node on the right side and that some of them on the left are slightly swollen. She said we could wait a month to do the FNA to see if this might be caused by a typical infection. When I asked if it could be cancer, she said she wasn't too concerned since it's on both sides, but we need to rule out any malignancies so I should come back in a month.
Could be that I'm sick with a cold or something, but then why do I only have a sore throat more than a week after the swelling started?
I'm scared to death right now. I'm an otherwise healthy 19 year old, don't smoke, or do drugs, and have no family history of lymphoma or anything.
Just need a place to vent and seek advice while I wait this month out...