Now, let me state first that I have not been diagnosed with any type of cancer and I DO feel silly posting in a cancer forum that is mainly for the support and information of people who HAVE been diagnosed, but I want to make sure that the advice my doctor is giving me is good or if I should get a second opinion:
14 days ago I found a small (1cm long .6mm wide) SOLID (like one of those rubber bouncy super balls) PAINLESS, in a groin lymph node (this was confirmed by my doctor) It really just feels like a peanut lodged under my skin, attached to my leg. By groin I mean on my inner upper thigh 1" down from my underpants line.
He checked for infections/scrapes on my feet/legs, there are none. I dont even have a blister or a shaving scrape. He asked me if I've had a cold recently or some other viral infection, and checked the lymph nodes in my neck. I have had no cold, or viral infection (that i know of) and the lymph nodes in my neck are completely normal-feeling.
He told me that sometimes lymph nodes are just big and hard. He also said that I should wait 2-weeks and if it does go away, it means i had a viral infection - he said if it doesnt go away or if it gets bigger to come back for further investigation.
Now, to ease my worry what should I do? The 2-week notice he told me to give is up in 5 days (which will mean the groin node will be big and hard for 19 days total by then, if time even matters...)
1-Should I get a second opinion
2-When I make the next appointment with him (the node is not going down, its exactly the same as the way i found it) what should I ask him to do? Should I ask him to just schedule me for a biopsy of the lymph node to be sure what it is so I don't have to wait/worry any longer?
3- I'm not talking about any other "symptoms" I may or may not have because in my opinion they are irrelevant, I have a node, it is hard and painless and it isnt going anywhere and I don't have scrapes, infections, or viruses in my body.... Should I put my foot down and just say "I want a biopsy now"?? Will that be conclusive enough to tell me if it is a normal node or not? What other tests should I request?
I want to thank anyone in advance who replies to my post, I really appreciate you taking the time to read my concerns and give me opinions based on your experiences/knowledge!
Hi emoses, I am sorry for your health consern at this moment. No need to appologize. Many people join in order to ask your type of questions pre diagnosis.
It does sound like your doctor is doing the "standard" evaluation for an enlarged node. In fact, 2 weeks is a relatively short time. Others have had to wait up to 2 months before their doctor would see them again.
1. At this point I see no need for a second opinion unless you do not trust this doctor. However, if you try to see another doctor that is just more waiting and the new doctor might make you wait again since he/she did not see the node 2 weeks ago.
2 and 3 are related to asking for a biopsy. Since it has grown, your doctor will probably do a biopsy without you asking for one. He might do some scans first. If he does not do a biopsy, then yes put your foot down . You probably do not need a biopsy immediately. You might have to wait a little longer. However, IF it is cancer (and that is a big "IF"), it is already in your lymphatic system and the course of treatment will be some form of chemotherapy.
Keep working with your medical team to try to find out what is causing that node to be enlarged. Best wishes and I do hope it is not cancer.
Thank you for the quick reply. I will consult with my current doctor in about a week and yes I am praying as well that it is NOT cancer But if he asks me to wait a little longer, I will take it as a normal thing to do and I won't freak out or worry *too* much ... again, thank you.
emoses, you are more than welcome. The only thing that concerns me is that the lump has changed over the last 2 weeks. This might be normal even for a non malignant lymph node. However, it does need to be checked and possibly biopsied.
I have found something new... I have a yeast infection. Now, this isn't anything I am concerned about because for the past 3 years I've gotten yeast infections from November-May EVERY year, they don't go away til then, and then they disappear until the following November. And during that time I get sick a lot with the flu, gastroenteritis, sinus infections .....the whole lot. Every year.
But a yeast infection IS a sign of a lowered immune system, and I've found more hard lymph nodes in my groin area that feel like they have been growing faster than the one in my upper thigh. They are all on the right side of my groin area/thigh area and they are all bigger than 1cm.
I am going to wait through the weekend to see if they get smaller, and if they don't I will call my gynecologist on Monday morning. I think she might have a little more experience with groin lymph nodes than my PCP.
The first node I found has been here for 20 days and isn't going away and I've felt healthy as a horse for several months now. No infections or anything...I think I am going to start being more proactive in getting a biopsy with my gynecologist now.
Brainman, a yeast infection is not the cause of anything in the body, it is always a symptom.
A chronic, or re-ocurring yeast infection [the kind that I get], 100% of the time is a symptom of a weakened immune system [for example, it is common for people with Diabetes and/or HIV to get constant, re-ocurring yeast infections].
You do not get swollen lymph nodes when you get a yeast infection. I have had yeast infections for 3-years straight and I've never had a swollen lymph node in my groin.
So unfortunately, there is very little chance for the yeast infection and my lymph nodes to be connected at all, unless there is some underlying problem connecting both of them as symptoms.
I got all this info from several doctors I've seen about my yeast infections over the years! I have been tested for Diabetes, HIV, and Hashimoto's Disease [hypothyroid], all negative, but the doctors just say "there is an underlying cause" but since there were no other major symptoms, other than the yeast infection, [and chronic sinus infections and a general weakened immune system] they don't investigate any further for some reason.
She said it has nothing to do with a yeast infection, because it isn't even in the "jurisdiction" of the reproductive organs.
She felt it, said "hmm it does feel like it could be a lymph node..." and then started poking it really, really hard and when I didn't react she was like "doesn't that hurt at all?" and I said no and she goes "thats WEIRD!"
And then was like well...if it doesnt hurt it could also be a lipoma.... so basically neither of the doctors I went to have any idea exactly what it even could be, but she said if its a lymph node it DEFINTIELY shouldnt feel like that and definitely shouldnt be there for a month.
She suggested surgery, and I agreed. She said "I am quite positive it is begnin, but it will be good to be sure"
I agree with her. I will be hearing who my surgeon will be sometime next week. I'm so glad she took me seriously.
Anyways, that's all for now. Just wanted to update my thread with the great news )
I'm not sure when surgery will be. She is going to have someone call me next week to alert me of my options of surgeons that are covered by my insurance provider. I suppose since my surgery is not pressing I will have to wait a while until I can get it.