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23 Mar

Lymphadenopathy- should I be concerned?
Hi there, Around a year and a half ago I first noticed a palpable lymph node in my groin (it may have been there a lot longer). I can also feel a few in that side of my neck (I am quite thin), but this one is a lot bigger, around 1.5cm long. It is hard to tell exactly, but it seems to have gotten a few millilitres bigger since I first found it. It is movable and painless, and although it isn’t rock hard it isn’t too far off- it’s very firm and rubbery (definitely not soft/flexible). The nodes in my neck are the same texture-wise. Around 8 months ago I also found a much smaller groin node a couple of cm aside from the other, around 2mm long. It has the same texture, but the area gets tender when I poke around with it, and it feels like it might be fixed. I don’t think it was there when I first felt the larger one a year and a half ago, and it also seems to have gotten larger and more prominent since I found it (although still small it may have doubled in size). Neither feel ‘swollen’ as such- there is no visible bump out of the skin like I can see when I google photos of swollen nodes. If my legs were less thin I probably wouldn’t be able to feel them at all. I am most concerned about the hardness/rubberiness of them, as from what I’ve read a normal lymph node should always be soft and flexible, and also the fact that they feel slightly bigger than they were. I have had no infection that I’m aware of that would’ve affected my groin area. I went to see my GP about it, and she seemed quite concerned and asked me if I had any family with lymphoma. She also took some blood tests. She referred me to get an ultrasound and said she would refer me as a ‘priority’- however the receptionist told me that I had been referred for a non-urgent routine scan, which I read could take around 4.5 months. I am very worried about this and I don’t think I can wait that long, especially as I’ve read that lymphoma can be curable but only if it’s found early which I’m guessing it still may be if I have it. I am considering paying for a private ultrasound as I could get one in around a week, but I am a student and it would be very expensive for me. I would be grateful if anybody knows whether I should be concerned about this and go private, or whether waiting would be more sensible. Thank you very much!
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01 Apr

Dear Anonymous
From having read your letter, I am sure that you need not be over anxious about the swollen lymph nodes. The mere fact that you have been booked for a non-urgent routine scan, indicates that the doctor does not believe that having to wait a few weeks would make a big difference in the eventual outcome. It is advised that you continue to monitor the affected lymph nodes and if there are any major changes in the size of the nodes, you should contact your doctor and request her to try and get you an earlier appointment for a scan (MCH).
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