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Old 06-16-2018, 07:51 PM
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Does anyone know if the only cause of painless swollen lymph nodes in the neck is cancer? DH has had swollen nodes in his neck for probably close to a year. They have NOT grown. They are not large, but he can feel them. As far as he can tell he doesn't have them anywhere else and he has no other symptoms. He recently lost a lot of weight, but it is intentional - Weight Watchers. They are not painful so we doubt its infection. He is seeing the doctor Friday for his check up, but I am worried. Thanks for any light you can shed on this!

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Old 06-16-2018, 07:59 PM
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An infection, but that usually comes with pain. Could be a build up of bacteria. Definitely something to check on with a doctor.
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Old 06-16-2018, 08:00 PM
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Always good to see a doctor if you are concerned. Could be that he is fighting a cold or virus even though he is feeling well.
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:09 PM
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It's my understanding that it's not that uncommon to have a swollen lymph node when you are fighting illness (cold/ virus). I know my lymph nodes have been swollen for that reason before. Having them swollen for a year without any additional growth makes me wonder if that is simply his "normal" and he never noticed it before last year.

Good luck- I'm glad he's going in to the doctor to get it checked out! Let us know how it goes!
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Old 06-16-2018, 09:41 PM
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If thereís an infection, the lymph node(s) closest to it will typically swell. Even something as small as an infected ingrown hair can cause a lymph node to swell. The lymphatic system is part of the bodyís natural immune response.

Since heís had these swollen lymph glands (nodes) for nearly a year, he should definitely let the doctor know. But it could be something as simple as a chronic low-grade sinus infection, or maybe his tonsils are always slightly inflamed. Donít start worrying yet.


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Old 06-16-2018, 10:21 PM
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I often get swollen lymph nodes with sinus infections.

Many years ago, probably 14-15, I had a mammogram scare. The doctor said 70% chance of cancer. The biopsy removed an inflamed lymph node... nothing more.

I'd say don't worry! Wishing you the best!
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Old 06-16-2018, 10:24 PM
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I had swollen lymph nodes in neck behind my year for most of my teen years through my early 30ís due to allergies.

My mom has a very large swollen gland in her neck under her chin. I was in high school (30 years ago) when she first noticed it. Doctors never could figure out what was causing it, but it is still there.
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Old 06-17-2018, 05:14 AM
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There are many reasons for swollen lymph nodes, and most of them aren't serious.
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Old 06-17-2018, 05:41 AM
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My cousin has chronic swollen lymph nodes. For her it is an autoimmune disorder (donít remember the name) and has resulted in the removal of the lymph nodes under her arms and one in her groin area. She ya multiple chronic health issues and that is the one that causes her thebleast trouble.
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Old 06-17-2018, 06:53 AM
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Not to worry, I had the same thing and mine led to a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes.


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No big deal.
Old 06-17-2018, 12:30 PM
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I've had swollen glands in my neck for 40 years. I went to the doctor when I first noticed them, and he told me many people have swollen glands that never mean a thing. He should check with his doctor just to be sure, because there are some things that they can be a symptom of, but the doctor can pretty much tell by looking.
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Old 06-17-2018, 04:50 PM
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My lymph nodes in my neck are enlarged 80% of the year just from hyperreaaction to drainage.

Many causes that are harmless
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Old 06-17-2018, 06:16 PM
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I LOVE you guys! Thank you for sharing your experiences and making me feel so much better!

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Old 06-18-2018, 02:08 PM
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I have one on the side of my neck. My OB/GYN had me go get it scanned with dye. It was called a shotty node. Apparently like pellets when a shot gun shell is shot. It was a relief to know it was nothing.
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Old 06-18-2018, 03:55 PM
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It hasn't happened to me, but I sure hope they find the answer and it isn't anything serious!
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