It’s not cancer

For a few years now, I’ve had a lump on the back of my neck, and thought nothing of it. It was painful when it first appeared, but not since, so I ignored it.

In April, just before festival, it got bigger. And painful. And a secondary lump appeared. Then I started getting facial nerve pain across the right side of my face. The intensity varies, but it’s been pretty much constant for a few months.

So I went to the GP, who sent me off to have needles poked into it for a biopsy.

It’s a “reactive” lymph node. Now, reacting is what a lymph node is supposed to do. But then, after it is done reacting, it is supposed to calm down and have a rest. This one is going off like a frog in a sock, and hasn’t got the memo to calm down yet.

And it might be what is causing the facial pain, and probably is what is causing the pain in my neck.

The solution is surgery. Ugh.

But at least it’s not cancer, right?

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