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Posted by: | 2020/08/07

Q.

Swollen lymph nodes

Hi everyone, I'm trying to figure out if I should be concerned or not. Back in April I noticed three pea sized moveable bumps along the left side of my neck. When I had my doctor's appointment end of July, I had her look at them and she said they were normal and probably wouldn't go down. I received a tdap vaccine that day high up on my left arm, and developed a swollen supraclavicular lymph node two days later. After looking online, it seems like a bunch of people had a similar story of getting swollen lymph nodes near their collarbone or even under their arms on the side they received the tdap vaccine. I called my doctor who sent me for a chest x-ray, blood test, and ultrasound of the area anyway. Everything looked okay and I even saw a hematologist that my doctor recommended. A few days later, the swollen nodes near my collarbone decreased (they are still there, but smaller), which the hematologist said was a good sign. Since my appointment, I've been feeling around to make sure I didn't have any other swollen nodes, stupid on my part but I have extreme health anxiety. Last night, I ended up coming across a bump (possibly another swollen node) on the right side of my neck, higher up below my ear. It feels like it's behind the sternocleidomastoid muscle, and its difficult to even find unless I really press on the area. I'm just nervous because I don't know if this is new or it's been there and I happened to just find it. It's not movable like the other swollen lymph nodes I had, and feels like it could even be part of the muscle itself but I can't tell. I have no other symptoms except for a burning sensation in my stomach that I've had for a while, which my doctor said was due to acid reflux. I've had no recent illnesses that I know of and I'm in my young 20s. If anyone has a similar story and wants to share what the outcome was, or if you think I should schedule another appointment with the hematologist to check out this new bump please let me know. Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Cancer expert
- 2020/08/08

Dear Anxious

After having visited your General Practitioner as well as a Haematologist, who both gave you the assurance that you are fine - following a chest X-ray, blood test, and ultrasound - it is time that you put your faith in members of the medical profession. It is not possible to give you any other advice than, you must remember it is your right to request a second opinion (which you, in fact, had). Try not to concentrate on your "health" too much - but you should also not ignore any changes that may occur in your body. If  you have a concern, do visit a health professional. (MCH).

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