I had terrible pain there and docs could feel no swelling, sometimes the nodes get so big and if you have some fat like me on top, its hard for them to feel them. Also, I got a gallium scan, which I would recommend you talk to your rheumie about and it shows cancer or inflammation in any part of your body, it is really good for lymph nodes because they tend to not show up on other stuff, also for any cancer. It does from the top of your head to your knees and can uncover alot of problems.
What I meant to tell you is that lymph nodes can calcify and you can see them on xrays as white spots, they tend to do this when they get burned out from chronic inflammation. They hurt alot when they calcify and they don't usually swell. I've had a lot of benign swelling and removal of lymph nodes and salivary glands and often the problems are benign chronic inflammation from our diseases and the lymph nodes calcify eventually--if they calcify it means no cancer.
Docs often drag out the dx and movement on lymph nodes since calcified lymph nodes require no tratment and stop hurting once they finish calcifying. Also, fibroids can hurt like that too and they are benign.
But I would definitely get the gallium scan, cat scan and/ or mammogram done asap so you don't worry. If you have been getting bad night sweats not from hormonal stuff but unusual for you occuring with this problem, you need to get them on the stick immediately. I'm sorry you are going through this and it is really painful, but the surgery is pretty easy, they don't keep you overnight usually and the scars are minimal if done by a ENT that is also a plastic surgeon and many are. Well, take care and let us know what happens. I hope you feel better soon and that some good radiologic studies show the problem and some really strong antibiotics clear it up for you.
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