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Lymph Nodes In Shoulder Area
I have Lymphoproliferative disorders in both lungs, & have enlarged lymph nodes N neck/shoulders, armpits & groin area. What type of Doc do I go to?
Heme/Onc: A hematologist/oncologist would be the right specialist to consult your health issues. ...Read more
I had swollen lymph nodes a long time ago and when I got rid of them the area between my neck and left shoulder got swollen it wasn't even painful its?
How?: I don't understand "when I got rid of them" since I don't know of any way to reduce lymph swelling (until the disease process has been controlled or faded away by itself as in the case of a viral infection) without medication. Is the swelling still present? If it has been present for more than a couple of weeks or getting worse, better consult your doctor. ...Read more
Yes, in the neck are: Yes we do. All over the neck area there are many lymph nodes which normally are small and not easily palpable. But they can enlarge and become easily palpable if there is infection in the moth or throat or if they are affected by cancer of the Head and neck region or of the lymph nodes themselves. ...Read more
Nearby: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?
Could be: Lymph nodes are all over the body. You cannot feel most of them but the head and neck area have many which can be felt and that shallow pocket above your collarbone is one area where they are appreciated. There are, however, other causes for swelling and depending upon your symptoms, if this doesn't go away see your doctor. ...Read more
I had a 4.42mill melanoma removed from my shoulder there was no spread to lymph nodes but I'm not sure if it can spread later?
Yes: I'm glad it's off. I hope it was low-stage as well. You do need to be aware that even an early melanoma with no metastases can recur as distant disease years, even decades later. Your physician can show you the probability curves. Chances are that you have a cure, but always mention this to your physicians for the rest of your life. Best wishes. ...Read more
2 movable lumps on left collarbone near shoulder. Dr said it's fine but didn't say what they were. Lipomas? Lymph nodes? No other symptoms.
Lymph nodes, lipomas:
A lipoma is in the skin, and looks like a bulge in the skin itself. An enlarged lymph node is usually under the skin and its possible to move the surface of the skin separate from the underlying lymph node.
Benign lymph nodes can be either softer or a bit more firm than a lipoma, If a lymph node is very hard or unyielding, or tethered under the skin, be sure to get it checked out. ...Read more
How can I tell if a lump in my neck is dangerous? It is not in the usual place for lymph nodes. It is closer to where my neck and shoulder meet.
Neck mass/lump: There are a lot of characteristics of concerning or worrisome lumps in the neck. You do have lymph nodes throughout your neck, including the area you are describing. If the lump is hard or rubbery and non-tender, this is concerning. If it seems stuck and not very mobile when you push on it, these are also concerning signs. Ultimately, any neck mass should be evaluated by a practitioner. ...Read more
Have a small freely moving bump under the skin on the back of both shoulder blades, are there lymph nodes there & where would they drain from?
No: Could be lipomas also- if they bother you, see a dermatologist or orthopedic doc- lymph nodes are not common by the shoulder blades but lipoma are ...Read more
Possible: Enlafged tonsils and lymph node are a sign of infectio and this can cause pain. You should see a doctor and have an exam to find out exactly what is going on. Call today to schedule an appointment. ...Read more
Can a neck MRI with contrast show any malignant lymph nodes near collarbone or where posterior neck joins the shoulder?
Yes and no: An MRI can do many things, like show if you have enlarged lymph nodes - however in order to determine if they are benign or malignant you would need a biopsy of the tissue in question. I will often order an ultrasound first when evaluating lumps in the neck, and only order MRI if the ultrasound is inconclusive or unable to do needle biopsy. ...Read more
Why might I feel pain in my lymph nodes when I drink alcohol? The pain is in the collarbone, shoulder and sometimes neck. CBCs are normal.
That's a new one!: That is an unusual symptom. 'Course, I've only been a doc for 30 years, and have a lot to learn still! Maybe another doc on this forum is familiar with this. It does depend on where the pain is. How do you know that the pain is in your lymph nodes? Do all types of alcohol do this? Give a few more details, and we'll have a better understanding of what's going on and can maybe give better info ...Read more
Had some lymph nodes come and go but my anxiety makes me check for lumps and Shoulder & neck aches. How much can severe anxity effect body and mind?
Anxiety is an issue:
It is not uncommon for a healthy person to have lymph node swelling that comes and goes since they protect the body from infection and other illnesses. However, anxiety or unecessary worry may be even more of a problem. Anxiety attacks can stop people in their tracks and can affect a person's abilty to function normally. Anxiet can also lead to illness including increasing infection rate ...Read more
Enlarged painful lymph nodes in neck shoulder and ear pain for about 5 days. This morning I had one suddenly pop up under my chin close to my neck.
Otitis: Sounds like you have an ear inection, you need to see a doctor. ...Read more
I have had back and leg pain for over a year I was told I have enlarged lymph nodes I'm losing weight and my pain is spreading to my neck shoulder wha?
Second opinion: Do not know who you have been seeing or what the assessment has been, but what you describe suggests a possible need for a second opinion. Would suggest a general internist with guidance to specialists if required. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more
Can hair dressers and massage therapists give head neck shoulder massages around swollen lymph nodes?
Yes: That is very ok as long as u enjoy it to your full satishfaction. ...Read more
Hi, I recently visited my Doctor and was advised that I have lymph nodes on my left under arms which led to burning pain only on the left shoulder.
Infection somewhere: Lymph nodes in just one location usually mean a nearby infection. Did you tell your doctor about the pain? You probably should have an x-ray. You might try putting a warm compress on the lymph nodes and the shoulder, but otherwise don't mess with the lymph nodes. If they get larger, of if you have any swelling in your arm or hand, you definitely should see your doctor again. Good luck! ...Read more
I had an MRI on my shoulder-found bone spurs and swollen lymph nodes in my armpits. What does the swollen lymph nodes indicate? Should I be worried?
It depends: It depends on the size and number of enlarged lymph glands in the armpit. If there are only a few enlarged lymph nodes and they are only minimally enlarged (between 1.0 and 2.0 centimeters in size) then there is likely no problem. If there are many nodes and greater than 2.0 centimeters then you should be seen by your internist for further studies (blood tests and additional imaging studies). ...Read more
I have enlarged lymph nodes with pain that is increasing/spreading through my neck/shoulder-right side. Left foot is also swollen. Are they related?
Could be: Lymph nodes swell up in response to infection usually. It is important for you to see a doctor as soon as possible to find the cause of the swollen foot and lymph nodes. ...Read more
Tiny lymph nodes, about 0.5 cm, on Right anterior clavicle, and R and L supraclavicular areas. Rubbery and moveable. No night sweats or fever. Cause?
Supraclavicular node: Supraclavicular nodes never should be ignored. At your age, my biggest concern would be some type of lymphoma. You don't have to have night sweats or fever - these just classify stage if you have lymphoma. I have rarely seen these nodes enlarge with mono, but I would consult an oncologist if your primary care doc doesn't refer you for biopsy. ...Read more
Lymph node: None that are specifically right on the bone. Some supraclavicular nodes do sit nearby. ...Read more
How to distinguish between spuraclavicular lymph nodes and lymph nodes at base of neck. Are spuraclavicular nodes 1-2 inch above clavicle?
By location: Supraclavicular (Not spuraclavicular) nodes are just above the clavicle. If you trace your finger from the base of your neck and right behind the clavicle going outwards towards the shoulder, you will feel a triangular space that ends when the clavicle bends backwards. Any lymph node in that area, will be Supraclavicular. Any lymph node at or above that base of neck is considered neck node. ...Read more
Do we have lymph nodes that sit directly on the clavicle bone itself? I have 2 rock hard movable lumps which sit directly on the bone on both sides.
Clavicle: No lymph nodes come directly from the clavicle. The supraclavicular nodes, however, are close by. ...Read more
I have a chain of palpable cervical lymph nodes from back of my neck to 2 inches from clavicle. Some hurt some don't. Mostly all movable. What is this?
Many: Most of the time, they are likely from an infection at that side of the body above the neck area (tonsil, sinus gum, teeth etc) But if the node sizes get larger or the enlargement continues for more than 2 weeks, be sure to check with your doctor. ...Read more
How can I distinguish between fatty deposits under my arms and lymph nodes? Also what is the normal size of clavicle lymph nodes?
Lymph nodes: It is best to have a physician examine your lumps and bumps. Don't rely on the home method for trying to figure them out. Usually, the clavicle lymph nodes cannot be felt. These definitely need to be looked at by a physician and further work-up may be necessary. ...Read more
Are palpable lymph nodes on neck and supra clavicle normal in skinny people with normal blood tests and no other symptoms?
No: Normal lymphnodes are not palpable in skinny people. It would be prudent to consult your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Can sternocleidomastoid muscle cause swelling to lymph nodes at the base of my neck just behind clavicle?
For the past couple of months i’ve had a few swollen lymph nodes on the right side of my neck very close to the hallow above the clavicle.
Concerned.: Lymphadenopathy that persists is not normal and needs to be evaluated with biopsy and other tests. Please consult your family physician for proper evaluation and management. Several etiologies, some of them not benign.. ...Read more
22 yr old f. Palpable soft firm bilateral submandibular lymph nodes for 5 months. Now palpable cervical node just above clavicle on left mobile. DDx?
Really tender lymph nodes on the top/back of my head, and the back/side of my neck down to my clavicle for a week. Now tender nodes on ribs. Causes?
My 3yo had flu. I can feel lymph nodes in his lower neck above clavicle bone. They are extremely small. I'm worried they are supraclavicular. Concern?
Be patient: Nodes in these locations are commonly enlarged during rather benign childhood illness. They will generally decrease back to resting size within 3.Persistence of enlarged node after that time would be unusual, but your doc can sort that out for you. ...Read more
I have 2 swollen lymph nodes in my left clavicle region, and 1 on the back left side of my neck. At first I had no symptoms but now I have a swollen p?
???: What does the p___ stand for? Swollen lymph glands above the collarbone is a worrisome sign. It can occasionally be from infection, but can also reflect tumor in lymph tissue, lung, pancreas or pelvis. See a doctor soon!!! ...Read more
I just quit smoking because every time, I'd get severe stabbing pain in my lymph nodes - no pattern mid jugular and near clavicle, submandibular?
Not a usual side-: -effect of smoking, but it's good that U did. I assume the problem is solved. ...Read more
Can bell's palsy cause complete deafness in the ear and swollen lymph nodes down to the clavicle on the affected side of face?
Not likely: There may be some other underlying cause for all of this. It's possible that the bell's palsy was misdiagnosed and now with these other issues the true issue can b detected. The lymph nodes and decreased hearing are concerning and a visit to an ENT as well as imaging likely with a ct scan with contrast is indicated. If the nodes are large and mobile a biopsy may b easy to as well. Must see md. ...Read more
Lymphadenopathy: If the palpable nodes in neck don't go away within a few weeks, then see a doctor about a history, physical, and lab work. At your age it is most likely an infection, and usually viral and self-limited. After a few weeks, it needs a diagnosis. ...Read more
Can I make lymph nodes palpable/enlarged by repeated touching in a lymph node area? Do they swell from being touched?
No: Usually palpate the nods dose not enlarge the node, but if they become enlarge need evaluation to find the cause, so be treated. ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more