Posted 9/25/2013 7:18 AM (GMT -6)
Snuggleup2meee, I'm sorry to hear you are having such a worrisome symptom, but glad you're getting prompt attention for it.
Cervical lymphadenopathy is a sign or a symptom, not a diagnosis. The causes are varied, and may be inflammatory, degenerative, or neoplastic. In adults, healthy lymph nodes are not normally able to be felt, however if they enlarge over 1 cm in size they will become palpable. If nodes heal by resolution or scarring after being inflamed, they may remain palpable thereafter.
The submental nodes drain the mouth and tongue area, and lymphadenopathy in this area is not commonly connected with thyroid disease. It can occur as a result of oral infections among other things.
I do hope you have a benign finding from your CT scan. In the meantime, you can only try to remain calm and be as positive as possible. Good luck.