Hi, I've been reading through these forums and haven't yet found something similar to mine.
I have a swollen lymph node on the left side just under my jaw near the jaw line just before the curve of the jaw that goes up to the ear. It has been there around 4/5 months. I had a hole on the bottom back of my gums on the left side as well which was caused by a wisdom tooth piercing in to it. Most of the time when the hole started to ache the gland will swell up and become for 2/3 days then gradually go smaller, less than 0.5cm but will not go completely. After I got my wisdom tooth in December the gland didn't swell up and was still less than 0.5 cm. I use to keep on poking it to see if it grew because I thought it was cancerous. Last week Sunday I came down with a flu or cold and Monday Tuesday Wednesday were the worst days. My gland started to swell again out of the blue on Tues and Wedn morning it will have a dull ache throughout the day and when I touch it the pain will be there sometimes and other times it won't. It is still there and it has been 5 days. Sunday 1 Jan was a bit bigger and today it seemed to be less smaller than sunday and seems like it is going down. I'm going to make an appointment today morning just to get it checked out and ask the doctor what it is other than that should I be worried about anything else?
Do you think it could be cancerous? It does move a bit sometimes it's tender sometimes it's not. I know no one can diagnose this through the internet but just want to know if this is likely to be the cause of a cancer.
And the maximum size my node has gotten after I becamse ill I would say is 1.5/2cm nothing bigger than 2cm.
I am 24 years old I don't drink, don't smoke cigarettes or do any form of drugs. I only smoke hookah pipes occasionally.
I'd appreciate anyones views and thank you all