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Offline tednlou2

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SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:58:01 PM »
WHAT'S THE 411 ON SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES-- USUALLY NOTHING AND EXPECTED WITH HIV OR SOMETHING TO NOT HAVE A WAIT AND SEE ATTITUDE ABOUT?

I have a swollen node under right arm.  It's not sore.  It feels hard and fixed to me.  When researching, these kind are usually associated with more serious things.  In January to early February, it felt like right side of neck was stiff leading up to temple.  Doc had felt swollen node in neck, but other doc disagreed.  I thought the stiffness was probably from sleeping wrong and let it go.  And, it went away after about two weeks. 

I just told someone here to not freak out about his suspicion of lymphoma, as his tests aren't back.  I made a joke that I was giving that advice even though I would be the first to do it.   When I felt this thing, I did kinda have a mini freak for about 30 mins thinking the worst.  Web MD can be bad when it talks so much about hard and fixed often seen with cancers and people with HIV at higher risks.  Anyway, I think I am over my 30 min freak.  Although, it didn't help when my friend said he could see the node from the other side of room.  I certainly haven't lost weight.  Actually gained 5 pounds, even though we've been walking the dogs about 3 miles a day.  I have been getting itchy at night. 

To sum up, I am doing the techniques my therapist has given me about controlling fear and anxiety.  Swollen nodes are common with HIV.  Most of the time, nothing serious.  I suppose it didn't help hearing about family friend having very similar node checked out and it was cancer.  Teddy is trying hard not to be a drama queen, although we know people have run into problems by dismissing things or a wait and see attitude.  Thought maybe good opportunity to discuss nodes and when to/when not to be concerned.  In my 11th year of infection and not on meds.  Last CD 4 was 700+ and vl about 12,000.  My partner reassures me that swollen nodes are
Part of HIV.  He even suggested perhaps all the new exercising got the lymph tissue circulating through my lymphatic system.  Already had appt at doc next week, so will have it checked.  I had swollen neck and groin nodes years ago, but never in armpit.  And, I haven't had any pop up until now, if memory serves.  So something out of the norm does make me wonder.   I often have pain around my liver/gallbladder.  Not sure if liver issues can cause swollen nodes in pit.  This is why I wanted folks to share their knowledge about lymph nodes.  Again, I've settled down.  Just thought good opportunity for a discussion about lymph nodes, HIV, and risks for cancer. 

Thanks.

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 07:12:19 PM »
WHAT'S THE 411 ON SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES-- USUALLY NOTHING AND EXPECTED WITH HIV OR SOMETHING TO NOT HAVE A WAIT AND SEE ATTITUDE ABOUT?

I have a swollen node under right arm.  It's not sore.  It feels hard and fixed to me.  When researching, these kind are usually associated with more serious things.  In January to early February, it felt like right side of neck was stiff leading up to temple.  Doc had felt swollen node in neck, but other doc disagreed.  I thought the stiffness was probably from sleeping wrong and let it go.  And, it went away after about two weeks. 

I just told someone here to not freak out about his suspicion of lymphoma, as his tests aren't back.  I made a joke that I was giving that advice even though I would be the first to do it.   When I felt this thing, I did kinda have a mini freak for about 30 mins thinking the worst.  Web MD can be bad when it talks so much about hard and fixed often seen with cancers and people with HIV at higher risks.  Anyway, I think I am over my 30 min freak.  Although, it didn't help when my friend said he could see the node from the other side of room.  I certainly haven't lost weight.  Actually gained 5 pounds, even though we've been walking the dogs about 3 miles a day.  I have been getting itchy at night. 

To sum up, I am doing the techniques my therapist has given me about controlling fear and anxiety.  Swollen nodes are common with HIV.  Most of the time, nothing serious.  I suppose it didn't help hearing about family friend having very similar node checked out and it was cancer.  Teddy is trying hard not to be a drama queen, although we know people have run into problems by dismissing things or a wait and see attitude.  Thought maybe good opportunity to discuss nodes and when to/when not to be concerned.  In my 11th year of infection and not on meds.  Last CD 4 was 700+ and vl about 12,000.  My partner reassures me that swollen nodes are
Part of HIV.  He even suggested perhaps all the new exercising got the lymph tissue circulating through my lymphatic system.  Already had appt at doc next week, so will have it checked.  I had swollen neck and groin nodes years ago, but never in armpit.  And, I haven't had any pop up until now, if memory serves.  So something out of the norm does make me wonder.   I often have pain around my liver/gallbladder.  Not sure if liver issues can cause swollen nodes in pit.  This is why I wanted folks to share their knowledge about lymph nodes.  Again, I've settled down.  Just thought good opportunity for a discussion about lymph nodes, HIV, and risks for cancer. 

Thanks.


Silly woman. ::)

MtD

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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 07:25:09 PM »
In 2006 a lymph node in me armpit swelled to the size of a golf ball, it went down in 3-4 weeks. Doc was not concerned and did no tests.

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Offline Joe K

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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 08:40:54 PM »
WHAT'S THE 411 ON SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES-- USUALLY NOTHING AND EXPECTED WITH HIV OR SOMETHING TO NOT HAVE A WAIT AND SEE ATTITUDE ABOUT?

I have a swollen node under right arm.  It's not sore.  It feels hard and fixed to me.  When researching, these kind are usually associated with more serious things.  In January to early February, it felt like right side of neck was stiff leading up to temple.  Doc had felt swollen node in neck, but other doc disagreed.  I thought the stiffness was probably from sleeping wrong and let it go.  And, it went away after about two weeks. 

I just told someone here to not freak out about his suspicion of lymphoma, as his tests aren't back.  I made a joke that I was giving that advice even though I would be the first to do it.   When I felt this thing, I did kinda have a mini freak for about 30 mins thinking the worst.  Web MD can be bad when it talks so much about hard and fixed often seen with cancers and people with HIV at higher risks.  Anyway, I think I am over my 30 min freak.  Although, it didn't help when my friend said he could see the node from the other side of room.  I certainly haven't lost weight.  Actually gained 5 pounds, even though we've been walking the dogs about 3 miles a day.  I have been getting itchy at night. 

To sum up, I am doing the techniques my therapist has given me about controlling fear and anxiety.  Swollen nodes are common with HIV.  Most of the time, nothing serious.  I suppose it didn't help hearing about family friend having very similar node checked out and it was cancer.  Teddy is trying hard not to be a drama queen, although we know people have run into problems by dismissing things or a wait and see attitude. Thought maybe good opportunity to discuss nodes and when to/when not to be concerned.  In my 11th year of infection and not on meds.  Last CD 4 was 700+ and vl about 12,000.  My partner reassures me that swollen nodes are
Part of HIV.  He even suggested perhaps all the new exercising got the lymph tissue circulating through my lymphatic system.  Already had appt at doc next week, so will have it checked.  I had swollen neck and groin nodes years ago, but never in armpit.  And, I haven't had any pop up until now, if memory serves.  So something out of the norm does make me wonder.   I often have pain around my liver/gallbladder.  Not sure if liver issues can cause swollen nodes in pit.  This is why I wanted folks to share their knowledge about lymph nodes.  Again, I've settled down.  Just thought good opportunity for a discussion about lymph nodes, HIV, and risks for cancer. 

Thanks.

Since you now refer to yourself in the third person, I think you have bigger problems than swollen nodes.   ;)

Joe

Offline Solo_LTSurvivor

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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2012, 01:08:35 AM »
I'm thinking this would've been best posted in "Am I..."   :o
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Tested & confirmed what I already knew: early 90s

Current regimen: Atripla. 
Last regimen:  Epzicom, Sustiva (since its inception with NO adverse side effects: no vivid dreams and NONE of the problems people who can't tolerate this drug may experience: color me lucky ::))
Past regimens
Fun stuff (in the past):  HAV/HBV, crypto, shingles, AIDS, PCP

Jan 2012: 818/21%
Apr 2012: 964/22%
Jul. 2012: 890/21%
Oct. 2012: 920/23%

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Offline spacebarsux

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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2012, 02:19:05 AM »
  My partner reassures me that swollen nodes are
Part of HIV.  He even suggested perhaps all the new exercising got the lymph tissue circulating through my lymphatic system. 

Quite original.  ;)

I have got swollen lymph nodes (usually painful) from time to time.

If you're concerned, just get it checked out by the doc and save yourself the worry.  :)
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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2012, 10:10:16 AM »
If you're concerned, just get it checked out by the doc and save yourself the worry.  :)

Agreed.  If it doesn't go away in a few days, go see your doctor and get it checked out.   

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Offline Buckmark

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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2012, 10:14:38 AM »
Since you now refer to yourself in the third person, I think you have bigger problems than swollen nodes.   ;)

Joe

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     One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell.
     The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love."
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Offline Jeff G

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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012, 10:37:52 AM »
Its best the get these things checked out by a doctor .

Do you have allergy's ? . I do and its that time of year here in the south , I'm having similar symptoms due to the yellow stuff in the air .

Offline wolfter

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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2012, 11:43:47 AM »
SLAP! :o  I love this saying;  Don't dwell on the worst case scenario because if it happens, you've lived it twice.

Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: SOMEONE PLEASE SLAP ME!
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2012, 08:22:52 PM »
Ted, how often are you going to a therapist and how long have you been going with this frequency. Because frankly it's not working at all. What medications are you being prescribed for your anxiety? Are you just taking them as needed or are you taking them in a standard manner every day?
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