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Anxiety and stress, lymph nodes since 14 years - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXXXXX here
User :   hello, I am a 27 year old male. I have had swollen lymph nodes for 14 years. Most are smaller than 1cm and most are soft. All are moveable. They are on both side of my neck, groin, in front of and behind ears, one on my left collar bone (very moveable and smal) and one in each arm pit (moveable). Should I be concerned?
Doctor :   Let me read your query
Doctor :   Are these nodes painful?
Doctor :   Do you have any symptom like fever, cold, breathlessness?
User :   nope. they all came up with in a week or so and have never hurt
User :   no symptoms. Only had one cold since I was 14
User :   I am very active and run marathons
Doctor :   You said that you have it since 14 years.
User :   They came up when I was in the 7th grade
User :   I am 27
Doctor :   Right now are you having any problem?
User :   My worry is that I think my spleen may be enlarged. I have been reading online and all I can find is that I have cancer. I am terriied
Doctor :   Why are you thinking your spleen is enlarged? Is there any symptom?
User :   I can feel something just under my left rib cage. My other question is could that be due to something else like an ulcer? I have been under great stress for about a year and a half. And when I would get angry or upset, that spot would hurt
Doctor :   It cannot be commented without proper examination and investigation.
Doctor :   It will be better that you get yourself examined
User :   can you at least talk to me about a few possible outcomes?
Doctor :   Also the ulcers are because of stress but they do not cause nodes.
User :   I was wondering what are the symptoms of ulcers? can you feel them? Like touch them? Could stress make my spleen enlarge?
Doctor :   Since these nodes are not causing you any symptoms they seem to be harmless
Doctor :   ulcers cannot be felt by you by lust hands
Doctor :   They can be seen only by an Endoscope
User :   ok.
Doctor :   They cause heart burning, pain abdomen, belching
User :   ok
Doctor :   Are you having ny of these symptoms?
User :   Slight pain in my abdomen, but I think that is from axiety, since I have convinced myself I am dying
Doctor :   I will suggest you to get your nodes examined and also you may require a biopsy of these nodes to see there nature
User :   I am worried and affraid
Doctor :   Why are you having so much of stress and why have such negative thoughts?
Doctor :   You should be happy and relaxed
User :   Doc. for 14 years I have had these nodes and I have been worried the entire time of what they are. Now I feel like they are finally going to get me.
Doctor :   No they are since 14 years and are asymptomatic they do not seem to be harmful at all.
Doctor :   Do not be panicky at all
Doctor :   You ahve been leading a normal life till now
Doctor :   So be happy and relaxed.
User :   What about m spleen? All I can find is if I have an enlarged spleen and lymphnodes that I have cancer. So that is my worry
Doctor :   No cancer cannot be asymptomatic and also you cannot feel your spleen just like that.
Doctor :   It is very difficult to palpate spleen even if it is enlarged.
User :   so what could I be feeling under my left ribs?
Doctor :   It could be just a simple swelling because of any infection like food allergy.
Doctor :   Or any asymptomatic node
Doctor :   Get yourself examined and investigated these nodes.
Doctor :   You should see a general surgeon
User :   I know that is what I need to do, but I am too affraid. I have been running from this for 14 years.
User :   Avoided the doctor the whole time
Doctor :   You need not be, trust me.
Doctor :   At least you will be relaxed and stress free after that.
Doctor :   Also you will get the proper treatment required accordingly.
User :   What if I have cancer. No relax then.
Doctor :   You will not be having cancer as i already explained that you are asymptomatic.
User :   so, you say I have a small chance f having cancer? I mean honestly be up front with me. How likely do you think it is I have cancer? I can't and will not hold you to this.
Doctor :   There has to be symptoms like weight loss/ fever/ loss of appetite/ pain etc
Doctor :   I have already explained you that, get a biopsy done and then it will be confirmed.
Doctor :   Just be positive and think positively.
Doctor :   Are you following what i have said?
User :   Sure. I will go in and have myself checked out. I am very scared.
Doctor :   do not be
Doctor :   All the Best
User :   thanks.
Doctor :   Take care.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me, bye for now
Doctor :   Be positive!
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