Neck Mass: Swollen Lymph Node

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Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and help fight infection. However, sometimes they can get swollen when fighting infection or due to cancer. In these cases, lymph node removal surgery may be needed. See what to expect from neck lymph node surgery and recovery in this video.

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  1. I have it on the side of my neck (near where this video demonstrates) it's not big or growing, but it's been hurting everyday but no one wants to take me to the doctors 😭 now I'm scared feeling like its cancerous even tho I got no other symptoms

  2. I’m sixteen and have had three swollen nodes in my neck for 4 months. I went to the doctor for them after the first few weeks and it turns out I had strep throat. I got antibiotics but they never went away. I get my head about them and feel like I should go back to the doctor 😕

  3. I had this happen to me last year for the first time during COVID. It came with sore throat ear pain on my left side and trouble swallowing. I thought it was allergies but no allergy medication helped. It started with just like a sore throat in the middle of my chest and it slowly moved up. I had changed my diet last year because I think it was acid reflex and it actually went away. I don’t know if that was just a coincidence though but it’s come back this year in April.

    I’m going to try changing my diet again and see if that helps or if I need to go to the doctor.

  4. I have swollen lymph nodes on both side of neck today for two weeks I observed rash on my face today I am so terrified to tell my family I am too afraid to see the doctor if it happens to be something bad
    I don't want that please someone te what I should do😭😭

  5. i noticed i had a lump in my throat, like under my jaw a couple days back and it hurts when i swallow, i noticed i been sweating for the past 2 nights. I am not sure if it’s because the blanket i use or if its just a symptom. please let me know if i should seek medical attention or if i should wait and see if it goes away by itself

  6. I got one tiny pea sized lump on the right side of my neck behind my ear. Its painless and slightly tinder. I'm 24 and I had It for more than 3 months I think, I don't even remember how I discovered it cuz its painless but I do remember my right ear hurting me for a while and I read that it might be due to ear infection. Will see the doctor to make sure it's nothing serious >_<

  7. ive got one the size of a quarter under the right side of my chin, hard but also very easily movable unlike most lymphatic cancers, had it for a few months now and my doctor said it doesnt seem too worrying. im still scared lmao

  8. i have one in my neck maybe more than one, i went to see the doctor back in 2007 when i was still young and the doctor gave me medication and said that it was nothing serious. I went back in 2017 and the doctor again just gave me medication and said to not to worry about it but i just find it disturbing because sometimes i could actually feel it inside my neck and it moves around when i touche it like i push it around

  9. I had this 14 days ago and before this i was gone for hangout with frnds and i have drunk too much cold water
    Then i thought this is problem of tonsils i was very scared to tell my parents
    Then i was waited for 5 days then that lump grow and it was feel big lump
    Then after 2 days a small new lump occurred
    Then after 3 days i has gone hospital then they given me some medicines for 3 days,but still no change occurred in those lumps
    Then today i was gone hospital and doctor gave me some medicine and i have done sonography and 4 lumps occurred in under my neck and i will done my second test tomorrow

  10. I worry about my health to the point where I've had numerous panic attacks over the last year. I feel like it's taking over my life, no matter what I'm doing or where I am it's always in the back of my mind. Every little lump I find or body sensation I get just freaks me out so much

  11. I think I am gonna die If I survived I will keep replying to my comment man I am fucking scared right now..I smoke cig daily and I am just 19 and smoking since my 9th grade…. earlier I just used to smoke cig occasionally but now I smoke more than 8 sometimes I even smoke 15 + joints too man I am scared what have I done…

  12. I'm a GAD patient (diagnosed a month ago) and everyday I have something or the other coming up.. One day I face issues in swallowing, then I have a panic attack.. Then I feel like my hands and feet are tingling, And today morning I feel like there's a little lump at the left of my neck.. Or may be my anxiety is manifesting these things. My mom says it's nothing. I don't know what to do!!!

  13. I don't feel any bumps or anything but I seem to always have phelm on one side of my throat and sometimes that nose passage gets blocked. Often times my neck will also tense up. I don't know if it is from tension over the years or there is a condition. Up until about a few years ago, the feeling would come and go and I would work around it. But now it lingers. I'm trying Chinese herbs to loosen up my muscles, and a lymphatic drainage remedy. I'm trying to go a natural root but it's difficult to figure out what I'm working with as I find dealing with the medical system to be cumbersome.

  14. I have tiny painless small bumps all over my body and specifically on neck. I'm a hs patient and my doctor said those bumps can't be removed, now I'm disgusted by my own body and in depression.

  15. Can anyone tell me please my 3 years old son had this on his neck, but there is no pain and it is I think from his birth and there no issue in his health Alhamdulilah…. It looks like just guilty on his neck but as a parent I am little bit worried

  16. The left side of my neck seems bigger than the right and is hard to the touch but the right is too. When I look in the mirror, the left side is sort of curved and looks like there is a dent in my neck below the jaw line. So confused and kinda worried. Doctor said it could just be from where I sleep on the same side or in a funny way? Any advice?

  17. (Swollen lymph nodes usually occur as a result of infection from bacteria or viruses. Rarely, swollen lymph nodes are caused by cancer.

    Your lymph nodes, also called lymph glands, play a vital role in your body's ability to fight off infections. They function as filters, trapping viruses, bacteria and other causes of illnesses before they can infect other parts of your body. Common areas where you might notice swollen lymph nodes include your neck, under your chin, in your armpits and in your Swollen lymph nodes usually occur as a result of infection from bacteria or viruses. Rarely, swollen lymph nodes are caused by cancer.

    Your lymph nodes, also called lymph glands, play a vital role in your body's ability to fight off infections. They function as filters, trapping viruses, bacteria and other causes of illnesses before they can infect other parts of your body. Common areas where you might notice swollen lymph nodes include your neck, under your chin, in your armpits and in your groin
    From google

  18. I am 25 years old and 2 weeks ago I started to feel the swollen lymph node on the left side of my neck, I was prescribed some injections and it went down a bit, but then it increased in size again, according to what I have investigated it can take up to 3 months to return the lymph node to normal.

  19. Well to start I thought I had lymphoma because I get scared no matter what because on the side of the neck on both sides it sticks out a little bit. I thought I felt a lump or a lymph node but it turns out it was a normal vein or tubes in the neck because I could feel the vein running up and down. I’m fine I also have no symptoms of lymphoma

  20. My wisdom tooth hurt so bad ,then I thought i got stiff neck also.
    After 3 days, I touch my neck, and I notice a small Lymph node. I WAS LITERALLY FREAKING OUT , I don't want to do a surgery because I am afraid to not know what they're doing to my neck, I hope that there is an antibiotic for this.

    <Insert, how many hours that it last for undergoing a surgery?>

  21. I was watching a movie when I realized something on my neck ,I told my grandma and she said it was just a little bump,3 days later it got bigger and was hurting me so I went to the doctor and I was prescribed 4 pills and u took them till there finish and they didn't work but the pain went away..now I might go again soon but am scared it's something serious. It's on my left neck and I can move it around….even if I go doctor my mom has no monry now😪

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