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#1 kiwimum03

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Posted 18 April 2007 - 11:54 PM

Hi everyone,

I saw my doctor today, as I have had a lump in the back of my neck (right side) for about 8 weeks. I kind of just kept forgetting about it as it isn't painful, but thought I had better get it checked out.
She said it was just a swollen gland and when I asked her why it would be swollen for 2 months, she just said not to worry because all my bloods tests were fine, and if it was something bad then my bloods from the last few months would show something.

I also remember last year just after my Tinnitus started I had a firm lump behind my right ear, I think it is the Posterior Auricular gland (or Mastoid area). At the time I never went to the doctor as it only lasted a week and that too wasn't painful, just firm and then it went away after 7 days.

I know that with Lupus you can get swollen glands alot, can you also with Scleroderma?

I have to say that since she felt it this morning, and poked and prodded me, the lump has become a little tender, much to my annoyance.

I know I tend to worry alot, but I was wondering if anyone else gets swollen glands, and is it normal to have it for 2 months.

thanks,
Irene

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 01:23 AM

Hi Irene,

I don't have a good answer to your question, but wanted you to know that I have had a swollen lymph node/glad for oaver 25 years. It is a lump on the left side of my neck just under my chin. It first developed when I got mono in college and never went away. Somtimes it is more tender then others....but all of the doctors have always told me not to worry about it. Don't know if you situation is the same, but I wanted to share that with you.

Warm wishes,
Heidi

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 02:34 AM

Irene,
I have Sjogren's syndrome and swollen glands can be a sympton of that. I have never had swollen glands. I just have a very dry mouth and eyes. Just a thought. Or it could be just like Heidi said. My husband has a gland that has been swollen for years and the doctor said not to worry about it.
Take Care!
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 03:04 AM

Irene,
I've had a swollen gland on the right side of my neck for 5 years. It developed shortly after getting shingles. I had a MRI which just showed "a swollen gland". The doctor said not to worry so I don't. It's still there but a little less swollen than it use to be.

Of course with any symptom, if it starts to change, getting larger, change color or become painful, please get it checked out more thoroughly.

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:22 AM

Irene,
A doctor once told me a swollen gland is a good thing. It means your body is working. He told me it would be more concerning if your glands didn't swell.

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:42 AM

Hello Irene, I have had swollen glands in my throat a few times, nothing I worried too much about though, always went away after a couple days. I do however believe I have tinnitus. Not to get off your subject, but am wondering if and how your being treated for that. I go to my Dr. on the 25th and will be one of the first things on my "list". At first, it would come and go, now it is almost 24/7 and I am not hearing very well, AT ALL!! Any info you have would be appreciated, and I hope you get to the bottom of your gland situation. ;)

Thanks for any response!!

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:02 AM

Thanks to everyone for your replies!

Nan,
Regarding the Sjogren's I haven't been officially diagnosed with it, but I do have dry eyes and mouth and have to use eye drops and lube everyday. I too did read that with Sjogren's you can have swollen glands, and I did wonder about this.

KellyB, regarding the Tinnitus......which I have to say is the most annoying thing in the world! anyhoo.......I saw an EarNoseThroat Surgeon about 5 months ago, who had a good look in my ears and told me that the cause of my Tinnitus was NOT caused by my ears from what he could see (he said something else in my head must be causing it), and so he refered me to a Specialised Tinnitus Research Clinic, where apparently they LOVE to find out the cause of your Tinnitus, yipeee........someone who acutally WANTS to know all about it!
I go and see them next week. I had to wait 5 months to get in, which was very annoying, but the receptionist told me it was worth the wait, as the Specialist is very good at finding out what is causing it.
I live in New Zealand, so I don't know if they have a Special Tinnitus Clinic anywhere where you live.
The thing that annoyed me most, is that I had to wait 5 months to see the ENT Surgeon, who only saw me for 5 minutes for him to tell me to go the the Tinnitus Clinic, which apparently I could have 'self-refered' myself 5 months before......if only someone had told me!

My tinnitus was previously intermittent and then last year I think about May it came one day and never went away, mine too is 24/7. Mine is more a high pitched noise in my head, but I do still get high pitched tones in both my ears and sometimes have two different tones which I can distinguish. When I am trying to sleep it is the most annoying thing, but last night I could even hear it over the TV which was new.

okay, I have rambled, but I hope that helped a bit, I go to the Tinnitus clinic in 2 weeks, I will let you know how I get on.

Hugs,
Irene