normally I wouldn't post a question like this, but.....

  1. OK, normally I wouldn't post something a weird "symptom" I'm having saying "what should I do", cuz the answer is usually (as it should be) see your Dr. So first let me say, I do plan on seeing my doctor, it is just a matter of when. Do I need to see her immediately? Can it wait? Am I paranoid over nothing?

    See, about a week or so ago, I noticed I had a lump on my neck on the right hand side, below my ear where my gland is. It's not like the whole gland is swollen, it is more a pea size lump, kind of bumpy feeling, and not painful at all. I had been to the Dr just 2 days prior for my allergies (which have been just terrible this year) and I don't have an infection. No fever, no sore throat, but my allergies are still bugging me. The lump doesn't hurt at all. I'm just really tired, but that could be related to a number of things.

    So...I'm going to call my doctor, since it didn't go away as I'd hoped it would. But I don't know if I should try to see her right away or should I just get an appointment later on. I tend to worry easily and get very, very paranoid, so....it's hard for me to judge. Am I worried over nothing? (I am hoping someone will tell me yes)!
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  3. by   live4today
    hello spinx

    trust your gut instinct, and make that appointment to see your doctor. worrying about it won't relieve the stress you are obviously feeling for wondering what that pea sized nonpainful lump is, so see your doctor soon and have it checked out. i hope and pray it turns out to be nothing. ((((((hugs)))))) :kiss
  4. by   LittleCatB
    Quote from sphinx
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    So...I'm going to call my doctor, since it didn't go away as I'd hoped it would. But I don't know if I should try to see her right away or should I just get an appointment later on. I tend to worry easily and get very, very paranoid, so....it's hard for me to judge. Am I worried over nothing? (I am hoping someone will tell me yes)!
    I've always had lumps under my ear- not my gland, more like under/behind my ear still on the bottom of my skull, pea-sized and they move around.... I have one on each side, so I've never worried about it. (that's my lump theory- if they're symetrically on each side I'm not to worry ) Ok I just checked and both are gone.

    NOPE!! I found 'em. LOL
    get it checked out if it'll make you feel better!
    Bethany
  5. by   Stitchie
    I have the exact same symptom, along with allergies which are out of control. I asked one of our ED attendings about it; she said not to worry about it too much unless it lasts for a while (like three months).

    It's still there but it's painless and doesn't really bother me. I'm going to keep an eye on it and if it does anything weird then I'll run to the doc, but for now, I'll try to start unfreaked about it.

    Let us know how things go for you. Good thoughts to you.
  6. by   nurseunderwater
    my dh has one....i'll check in w/ the name soon as i ask him...he saw a doc a few years ago and he said no worries (not that YOU shouldn't go see your doc) just wanted to ease your mind a little bit. same exact s/s that you describe...i'll post again soon.
  7. by   sphinx
    Thanks everyone....I won't panic then!
  8. by   leslie :-D
    last year, i had a pea size lump on the right side of my neck; it was very palpable, non-tender.....well, i was convinced that was the beginnings of an incurable illness.....i went to my md and i really forgot what she told me but it was truly nothing. now this little thingy appears and disappears then resurfaces again. but you should probably go see your doctor so you could hear it from her.
  9. by   Mithrah
    Almost everyone has palpable nodes right under the mandible (jaw) near the ear. I took a head and neck anatomy course once and the cause of concern is if the nodes are hard and fixed.
  10. by   sphinx
    Quote from Mithrah
    Almost everyone has palpable nodes right under the mandible (jaw) near the ear. I took a head and neck anatomy course once and the cause of concern is if the nodes are hard and fixed.
    I've always been able to feel my "gland", esp the one on the other side, esp when I'm feeling under the weather. This just came out of the blue and is different. It's not as soft, is smaller and firmer. It's also gotten "bumpier" than it was a couple days ago.

    But it's sounding like it is not all that uncommon so I'll give my doctor a call, but I won't be freaking out about it.

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