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My lymph nodes on the right side of my neck are swollen and painful. They do not roll or move. What does his mean??

My lymph nodes on the right side of my neck are swollen and painful. They do not roll or move. What does his mean??

Lymphadenopathy: Swollen lymph nodes can be a sign of many clinical conditions from a simple viral infection to something more serious. See a physician who will determine what tests and or treatment are best for your specific situation. ...Read more

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What do hard, swollen, extremely painful/tender lymph nodes in the neck mean?

What do hard, swollen, extremely painful/tender lymph nodes in the neck mean?

Diff possibilities: Tender is usually a good sign & if you have a few relatively small tender lymph nodes & you struggle with allergies or have a cold, those could cause it. However if you have a very lg or hard, immobile node(s) it's best to get that checked out. You might also want to check for swollen lymph nodes elsewhere in the body & if you find some, that would be another reason to get checked out. ...Read more

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What could frequent painful lymph nodes in the armpit mean? No other signs of infection present or obvious swelling.

What could frequent painful lymph nodes in the armpit mean? No other signs of infection present or obvious swelling.

Hard to say!: How long has this been going on? You may be causing irritation from shaving, a harsh soap, or scented soap, cream, detergent or deodorant. This can cause lymph nodes to swell Use unscented products, no fabric softener. Shave only after using a shaving cream or lotion (unscented) to soften, and don't use a dull blade. If the problem does not go away with these measures, see a doc to find out why ...Read more

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Doc found a painless mass on my thyroid - what could this mean? I also have painful lymph nodes in chest, head, groin areas. Please advise. Thank you.

Doc found a painless mass on my thyroid - what could this mean? I also have painful lymph nodes in chest, head, groin areas. Please advise. Thank you.

Thyroid: This is difficult to answer without a more thorough exam and studies. The thyroid mass is likley a nodule. Whether it is benign or not, I cannot say. The lymph nodes should be examined and followed and if needed, biopsied. Sorry I cannot give more information without examination and workup. ...Read more

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Are painful occiptal lymph nodes benign?

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

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What does subcentimeter lymph nodes mean?

What does subcentimeter lymph nodes mean?

Very small: 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. That term means < 1cm. ...Read more

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What does scattered nonspecific lymph nodes mean?

Vague: It is a very vague description that basically says the lymph nodes look abnormal in some way, but it's minimally abnormal and there is no pattern to the abnormality. Best to discuss with your doctor but usually, clinically this doesn't really mean translate into anything. (i.e. non-diagnostic, not really helpful for guiding treatment either) Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have active lymph nodes?

What exactly does it mean to have active lymph nodes?

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. A lymph node "tastes" 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 enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes that itch and are very painful, what to do?

Lymph nodes that itch and are very painful, what to do?

Lymphadenopathy: Have it checked by your physician. Lymph nodes may become enlarged and/or tender in inflammatory states or in times of infection. It should subside once the infection is resolved. Might need excisional biopsy if it persists. ...Read more

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Does being able to feel certain lymph nodes, mean that they are enlarged?

Does being able to feel certain lymph nodes, mean that they are enlarged?

No.: Being able to feel a lymph node does not necessarily mean that it is enlarged or that you have an infection. While certain types of infections can cause swollen lymph nodes, it is usually only concerning if you are having other symptoms. If this small bump in your neck is all you can feel, then there is probably not much cause for concern. To make sure see your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your lymph nodes are swollenbut i haven't been sick in a long time?

What exactly does it mean when your lymph nodes are swollenbut i haven't been sick in a long time?

Monitoring System: 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

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What is classed as rubbery or matted lymph nodes? How do they feel and if their matted does that mean lots close together?

Yes..: Matted means 'lots closer' or stuck together. Matted nodes are harder in consistency as compared to rubbery nodes, which are softer to firm in consistency. ...Read more

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What does the term shotty lymph nodes mean?

Cluster of nodes: This term refers to being able to palpate a group of small lymph nodes that are clustered together. ...Read more

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What could enlarged non painful lymph nodes be ?

Infection, growth...: Lymph nodes respond to infection, cancer and irritation nearby. Get it checked by a doctor and then followup with them at an interval they recommend. It could be just a benign enlargement that you never find a reason for. ...Read more

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I was wondering are cancerous lymph nodes painful?

I was wondering are cancerous lymph nodes painful?

Not usually: Cancer is painless in early stages. But it can cause some pain and discomfort with ongoing enlargement, so big growths do become painful with time. ...Read more

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What does enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes mean?

What does enlarged retroperitoneal lymph nodes mean?

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

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What does it mean if you have swelling of the lymph nodes?

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

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What exactly does it mean if your lymph nodes are swollen?

What exactly does it mean if your lymph nodes are swollen?

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. A lymph node "tastes" 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 enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your lymph nodes are swollen?

What exactly does it mean when your lymph nodes are swollen?

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. A lymph node "tastes" 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 enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then. ...Read more

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What fibrous lymph nodes mean? And why may they not disappear ?

Scarred: That means the immune response is over leaving scarred tissue which will linger on for years if not forever. ...Read more

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Could I have lymphangitis even if the lymph nodes are not painful?

Infrequent: But certainly possible. Generally, inflammation produces pain and tenderness, but this may not always be clinically appreciated. ...Read more

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Why are lymph nodes measured by their short axis? What does this mean?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are oval, so there is a length and shorter width. The width is measured to determine if they may be enlarged, as normal lymph nodes can be long but still have a normal waist. ...Read more

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I have had big lymph nodes throughout my body all my life what does that mean?

I have had big lymph nodes throughout my body all my life what does that mean?

Don't worry too much: If your lymph nodes have truly been "big" your whole life and all over your body, and you don't get sick more than other people, this is probably normal for your body. But, if your lymph nodes have recently started getting bigger or feel sore/tender, or if you tend to get sick more easily than other people, you should have a complete physical to look for problems with your blood & immune system. ...Read more