Hi monkeyme, the word your looking for is a Burst.
I have also had trouble with swollen lymph nodes and fevers up to 100 for years. I did better after I started on an antibiotic, but I also have Lyme which seems to be recurring and a chronically positive EBV (so that might have been part of the problem). When my rheumy put me on Ketek, an antibiotic, the lymph nodes quickly returned to normal. I've heard others with lupus say they get swollen lymph nodes as well. Having said that though, it's always better to be on the safe side. Just remind them to keep checking it.
I've heard doctors refer to short-term prednisone use as pulses, bursts, and quick tapers. I think everybody is correct!
Let us know how you're doing!
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I can appreciate your concern about your lymph nodes. It sounds like your doctor is being appropriately cautious. I just wanted to mention that it's not uncommon for enlarged lymph nodes to be associated with sjogren's syndrome as well as lupus and lymphoma. I was recently dx with sjogren's, and my doctors, and dentist, routinely check my lymph nodes for enlargement. Of course, having sjogren's also puts you at risk for lymphoma, but I believe it is a small risk and simply requires surveillance (which you are already getting).
I believe your lymph nodes can also be enlarged because a simply virus or bacterial infection. Whenever I'm sick, the lymph nodes around my neck area get very tender and sore, sometimes enlarged.
In any case, I hope you feel better soon, and that your doctor finds out exactly what the cause of your enlarged lymph nodes are. Please let us know the outcome(s).