I have a question about lupus and lymphoma. Over a year ago I was diagnosed with undifferentiated connective tissue disease and my rheumy adds 'high probability of lupus'.
In the past month, I have been really sick. 4 weeks ago I had fever and severe severe fatigue. The fever was only 99.6-99.8, I had a severe sore throat for one night, fever went away in about 6 days, but overnight the lymph node on the left side of my neck swelled up VERY large, we're talking...a little smaller than a ping pong ball. I went to the doc, who said I might have mumps...only I didnt have any swelling of the parotid salivary gland, just pain. My WBC was 3.7 with normal differenitals.
symptoms resolved over a period of about 3 weeks. The lymph node is gradually getting smaller with time.
Yesterday morning I woke with severe aches again, fever of 100.2, strange feeling in my throat, which by nightfall had turned into a severe sore throat again...felt better in the am...gradually receding over the day today. I now have a sore lymph node on the right side of my neck, lower down, swelling but not as much as the other one. Throat is still mildly sore.
Went to my rheumy yesterday, who checked me out, said I had "shotty" lymph nodes all over. She ordered a taper of prednisone (this will be the first time ever I have taken it and I am scared!)
I am to begin the taper on thursday, to make sure I am not coming down with the flu, which it does not feel like I am. I have had the flu in the past and was much sicker.
She also said (sorry) that if the lymph node in the left side of my neck did not resolve with the prednisone, that I would need to have it removed and biopsied. She did say that the fact that it is getting smaller is a good thing, and the fact that it ballooned over night.
I am worried that instead of lupus, I might have lymphoma. I know this is kind of irrational, and I don't have night sweats, loss of appetite or weight loss... its just... I never really trusted the lupus diagnosis in the first place.
Can lupus do these crazy things?
Thanks so much