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<p>DH and I are a bit nervous about this.  Right before I found out I was pregnant I noticed a swollen lymph node on my neck.  I tried making a doctor's appointment at our general practitioner's office but they were book straight until we move (this Friday actually <span><img alt="dizzy.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/dizzy.gif">) so there was no chance to get me in.  We figured we'd worry about it then after we moved.  However, over the weekend I noticed another lump on the other side.  The first lump does seem to be a bit smaller but a second one has me worried. </span></p>
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<p><span>I've been looking up reasons for swollen lymph nodes and there are basically three main ones</span></p>
<p><span>1. infection (whether it be viral or bacterial), obviously this is by far the most common</span></p>
<p><span>2.</span> Toxoplasmosis- I guess here I'm worried because we do have a cat and since this was very much a surprise pregnancy I probably did clean the litter box while pregnant.  Also our cat comes from Europe where I know this is more common than in the US. </p>
<p>3. Cancer- ok, this is pretty rare so I'm hoping that's not a possibility at all.</p>
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<p>Ok, there's also stuff like an STD but there's zero chance of that...</p>
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<p>I was sick really sick last month with the flu but I feel fine now.  Just a bit of a runny nose but absolutely nothing else (and I have a feeling that is more from all the dust due to packing than anything else).  For the most part I do feel very calm about this pregnancy like that it will go smoothly and everything.  However, I get freaked out about these lumps.  We're going to try and make an appointment with an Ob/Gyn tomorrow and hopefully someone can get me in before we move (my old Ob/Gyn who I loved moved out of town so I'm going to try someone else at her group practice).  Anybody have anything similar?</p>
 

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<p>I doubt this is the same thing that you have going on, because of having bilateral symmetry,  but one of the lymph nodes in my neck is a "shoddy node." It has been somewhat enlarged for years now and it is "not a problem."  I still would prefer if it would resolve and go down, but I don't think it is likely at this point.</p>
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<p>I think it is most likely that your body is just fighting something off. Are you getting plenty of fluids and rest?</p>
 

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<p>DH said he's had something similar to what you'd describe.  I can't seem to find the one on the other side anymore (but the original one still remains). I totally get what you're saying by having it go away. </p>
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<p>I sure hope it's just that.  I'm trying to drink as much water as possible and rest but we're in the middle of an international move (we fly out on Friday) so getting a lot of rest isn't always possible. :(<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MelungeonMW</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1290502/lumps-on-my-throat-while-pregnant#post_16174123"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I doubt this is the same thing that you have going on, because of having bilateral symmetry,  but one of the lymph nodes in my neck is a "shoddy node." It has been somewhat enlarged for years now and it is "not a problem."  I still would prefer if it would resolve and go down, but I don't think it is likely at this point.</p>
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<p>I think it is most likely that your body is just fighting something off. Are you getting plenty of fluids and rest?</p>
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<p>My DS (2.5 years old) has a lump on his neck just like you described. He has had it since the day he was born.</p>
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<p>I never knew they were called shoddy nodes, but he has seen a pediatrician, a chiro, and a homeopath about it and they all told me that it is nothing to worry about.</p>
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<p>Hoping with you that it's nothing.</p>
 

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<p>I have had a swollen lymph node in my neck for a few months now.  Three doctors looked at it and have said it does not feel/look abnormal at all.   If I would stop messing with it, it would go away, but I never can.  It has gotten smaller-I just need to quit messing with it!   I had been super paranoid about it for a long time, so I totally understand where you are coming from.   However, now it's just there. . . I also had a swollen node in my neck when I was pregnant with #2 and freaked out.  That one went away.  But again, I was able to stop touching it. </p>
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<p>Try and relax!</p>
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<p>Christine</p>
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Thanks for posting that (although it stinks that you have the same!).  Mine seems to have gone down some but is still there. :( I really freaked out the first time I found it but since it´s at least getting smaller I´m really hoping it´s nothing. I hope yours goes away too!</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>dramamamax4</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1290502/lumps-on-my-throat-while-pregnant#post_16197956"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I have had a swollen lymph node in my neck for a few months now.  Three doctors looked at it and have said it does not feel/look abnormal at all.   If I would stop messing with it, it would go away, but I never can.  It has gotten smaller-I just need to quit messing with it!   I had been super paranoid about it for a long time, so I totally understand where you are coming from.   However, now it's just there. . . I also had a swollen node in my neck when I was pregnant with #2 and freaked out.  That one went away.  But again, I was able to stop touching it. </p>
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<p>Try and relax!</p>
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<p>That is a great sign!   Just don't touch it.  Learn from me.  If I could leave the darn thing alone it would probably be gone by now!!!!</p>
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