x
152 Physicians Online

Question:

Is it normal to have a swollen lymph node for six months?

Dear Ask The Doctor:
Hi, I am a 20 years old female. I have had a painless lump or swollen lymph node that has been in my neck for six 6 months now since December 2010 that can only be felt, but not seen. The lymph node is no bigger than the size of a half a dime and feels like a swollen kidney bean that keeps changing in size from small to big and then smaller again, but it never fully goes away. In terms of texture I can't tell if its firm, soft or hard. It's hard to tell. Anyway, I finally went to my doctor in early April 2011 to get it checked out and he put me on a weeks worth of antibiotics, and prescribed me some allergy and asthma medication. He also did a chest X-ray and blood test that came back normal. When I went back to my doctor he said that the lymph node had shrunk and that was a good sign and that it might have really been an infection. So he told me to observe it for a month and come back to check it out and if its still there he will send me for a biopsy. So far the lymph node is STILL there and it feels like it enlarged back a little, but that might be because I keep picking at it from worrying so much. So far I don't have any symptoms of fevers, night sweats, fatigue, persistent itching, or unexplained weight loss, in fact I gained ALOT of weight from anxiety and stress eating from the fear of this being lymphoma or some other cancer. Lastly, I think its in the posterior triangle area of my neck not sure of diagram of lymph nodes. Is it normal for a lymph node to be swollen for 6 months?


Answer:

While it definately is not normal for a lymph node to remain swolled for this long the fact that the swelling you have is increasing and decreasing suggests that it may be due to a subclinical infection in your throat or nose or neckt that is draining into the lymph node. Moreover since the anitobiotics helped this also confirms this speculation. However I would still go ahead and get an ultrasound as well as a biopsy of the lymph node taken just to rule out any other cancerous growth. I hope this helps. All the best.


Have a Question? Ask The Doctor Here.

Sign In to join in the conversation.

Related Answers:

My wife had both breast removed due to cancer. On one she is going to get an inplant and on the other they did reco...

As a teenager, I did snort a lot of ketamine, almost every day for about 5 years. As an adult now, I am under the imp...

Hi, I am a 25 year old female with a history of severe GERD and Hiatal Hernia. The only medications I take are viatm...

I have had 4 lymth nodes under jaw 2 on each side for about 5 years now measuring around 1 to 2cm big they are movabl...

I have this kind of wierd looking growth on the side on my arm...it kind of looks like a wart, I just wondered if you...

Hi there it is regarding my father in law, he was taking treatment for fistulla for several yrs. 2 yrs back he had M...

My 5 month old had a vma and mma urine test to look for nueroblastoma. The creatinine was low, the vma looked fine, b...

Blood with sputum came out from my mouth from the upper palate. What could be the cause. ? Please

What is the outlook for someone with Transitional renal cell carcinoma in both kidneys who also suffers from type 2 d...

I am a 17 year breast cancer survivor. My tumor markers have always been normal. In 2013 they went up to 98 then 104....

You’re in good hands, meet ATD’s founding physicians.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • Board Certified GP
  • CMO ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Adjunct Professor at U Of T

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
  • Director ATD Health Network Inc.
  • Fellowship Training Atlanta, GA