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Lizzy Joy
09-28-2006, 02:25 PM
Hello, wonderful T-Tappin' sisters!

I'm needing advice about what to do for my little 9 year old daughter, Caroline. She has a large, swollen lump on the left side of her neck!

It is very tender, but she insists that it's "nothing" because of her dread and fear of doctors' offices right now. (long story!) :( Today I noticed that she's developing a slight fever... should I get her to the doctor? I was about to call for an appointment when I remembered how helpful T-Tappers have been!! THANK YOU ALL!!!

No one in my family has ever had swollen lymph nodes, but I've read a little about them on the forums and I hear they are "no big deal" and can be treated easily at home. What to do??? [:0]

I sure appreciate any advice, help, or links that can be shared!

I did a search on the forums... and most agreed that toxins were being released, but I still feel "uneasy" since it has been there 5 days, and she is so young.

:) Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"

Lori French
09-28-2006, 02:44 PM
The lymph nodes *catch* all the crud going through your system, as you probably know. Extra water is good as if eating cleanly. Does she have any symptoms that you can pull together and say she probably has an ear infection, strep.... Sounds like an antibiotic may be in order, what with the fever, if you're a parent who goes for those...

[u]Lori</u>

carol57
09-28-2006, 02:57 PM
Hi Lizzy Joy,

If she's developing a fever, that means her immune system is working hard to combat some type of infection. I would take her to the doctor.

Please keep us posted!

Carol

AmandaS
09-28-2006, 03:22 PM
This may be something completely different but this is my experience. I would say not to freak out or anything because I had had alot of bad sore throats, colds and sutff like that, that I think it just build up over time.


When I was 22 I had a huge infection in my right lymph node in my neck. It was the size of a baseball. It hurt REALLY bad and I could not move my head. At first they could not figure it out and sent me for a MRI or CAT scan(Ican't remember which). They ordered a Tonsillectomy, saying that they were infected and were causing the lymph node problem...or something like that I was in a lot of pain and really didn't listen alot. After having my tonsils out(which was terible and I had alot of pain) I have not had any problems and have been much healther. No really bad sore throats or strep anymore...so all worked out fine for me.

Sorry for the long story but I think that it never hurts to have it checked out.

Amanda
North East MD
Mama to Emily 2 1/2

"Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity."
The Bayou, Baton Rouge , LO

JulieLynne
09-28-2006, 08:45 PM
Just throwing in my two cents...

I get Tonsillitis several times a year and it almost ALWAYS begins with a fever and swollen lymph nodes. If whatever she has is an infection, I'm thinking she'll need some meds. And it couldn't hurt to have a check-up. (I hope! Sometimes doctors really suck.)

Julie

We only find what we're looking for when we acknowledge it can be found.

Tina71
09-28-2006, 08:49 PM
My niece had an enlarged lymph node on her neck when she had mono&gt; Check out this:

http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/infections/common/mononucleosis.html

Tina

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Lizzy Joy
09-28-2006, 10:43 PM
:) Thank you all for your help, advice, links and prayers!

I will take Caroline to our pediatrician tommorow, IF, the office is open on Fridays. She must have an infection of some sort! Her fever is only very slight, but she's had a headache all day, which is very unusual for her too! :( She's a healthy eater who never gets sick!

I just picked her up from Missouri last Saturday, as she had been staying with her grandmother for nearly four weeks (after her Grampa's funeral). I don't know WHAT all she's been into, or who she's been playing with. She did have a wonderful time though! [^]

Sadly, she has a terrible fear of doctors and hospitals (before we lost Grampa, we lost her twin baby cousins)... we've spent way too much time in hospitals this year! She was sent to a specialist last fall for bloodwork too, and hasn't been the same since.

She was recently diagnosed with OCD (germophobia?) which I'm trying to NOT make into a big deal... because it only causes her more stress and obsessing. She wants to wash her hands and shower constantly and has acquired terrible rashes on her hands and wrists. :(

Told you it was a long story!

Caroline wanted to read your replies... so I thought it would be alright (she loves and needs attention right now)... but I'm afraid that I made a big mistake! [:0] She started "googling" swollen lymph nodes and coming up with all kinds of new fears!

Now she is really worried about having mono, needing her tonsils removed, or getting shots at the doctors. Please continue to pray for her... and thank you ALL so much for you wonderful help!

I'll let you know what we find out tomorrow! :)

Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"

Tina71
09-29-2006, 12:18 AM
Lots of hugs and prayers for Caroline!! [:X] Let us know how things go tomorrow. I will be thinking of her!

Tina

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Lizzy Joy
09-30-2006, 02:29 AM
Thank you for your prayers!

The doctor checked her over and did a strep test and a mono test, which both came out negative... so then she ordered a CT Scan.

[:0] Poor Caroline "FREAKED OUT" and so I said "NO" to the CT Scan until we have had a few days to talk about it with her (and get another opinion). My poor baby! :( The blood test traumitized her.

She's had 103 degree temp last night and again tonight, but the doctor did not prescribe anything. I was surprised she didn't give her an antibiotic or recommend any treatment at all for the pain.

My husband thinks Caroline may have "cat scratch fever"! ??? She's been helping her Grama raise some farm kittens, and that was about the same time that the lump appeared. Hmmmmmm. We have lots of decisions and concerns.

Please do let us know what you all think! It means so much! [:I]

Thank you for being such great T-Tappin' sisters!


Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"

Tina71
09-30-2006, 02:33 PM
Hi Lizzy! Poor Caroline! I feel bad for her. ((Caroline))

Here is a link about cat scratch fever:

http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/cat_scratch.html


There have been a couple of times that my DS has tested negative on the 6 minute strep test, but then when they do the one that takes a couple of days, it is positive.

I believe that when my niece was tested for mono, it came back negative. But they did one to test for Epstein Barr, and it was positive. It took like a week to get the results of the EB one. I will ask my sister for sure.

Take care! HUGS and prayers![^]

Tina

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Lori French
09-30-2006, 03:02 PM
Funny you mentioned cat scratch fever. I almost mentioned it, but without much background.... When my DD had cat scratch fever, the lump was in her armpit.... Dr. did put her on antibiotics. Funny, that was the only time in her life that she went to a doctor, until young adult physicals.... Healthy kid....

[u]Lori</u>

Lizzy Joy
10-01-2006, 02:06 AM
Thank you all so much! [V] Caroline is not improving at all today.

She and I want to thank you so much for your prayers and advice!!!

She has 105 degree temperature tonight... and I just gave her some children's liquid Ibuprofen. I sliced up an apple for her and am also insisting that she sips from her water bottle as much as possible.

Last night she was awake until 5 a.m.! But she'd slept a few hours in the afternoon... so tonight will probably be similar. She will have to miss church and going to the Fair tomorrow :( Boo! Hoo! (she was so excited about both). She's one sad little girl.

I'm really getting worried now that the doctor didn't prescribe any antibiotic or really offer any advice other than the CT Scan. (And I know they charged my insurance $100's plus lab work!)

She told me to bring her in this Thursday or Friday for a re-check, but I'll be calling first thing on Monday morning for another visit.

I pray I don't have to go to the emergency room tomorrow since the doctors aren't in on Sundays... she won't be able to handle that at all. I'm going to do some more searches... thank you all again and please feel free to send more suggestions! You are wonderful!!!

Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"

carol57
10-01-2006, 12:38 PM
Oh Lizzy Joy ... PLEASE, please, take her to the emergency room today ... 105 is just too high ... I too am very concerned about her.

Carol

Tina71
10-01-2006, 12:44 PM
hugs and prayers for Caroline! I would take her to urgent care or the ER today also. That is a HIGH fever! Keep us posted!

Tina

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

kvockrodt
10-01-2006, 01:52 PM
Lizzy,

My daughter had the same thing when she was around 7 or 8. She had had tubes in her ears and was seeing an ENT on a regular basis. I took her to the Dr. and he was not concerned and said since she was on antibiotics there was really nothing more to do. I was alarmed because it hurt when the lump was touched and it just didn't seem right. My daughter did not complain or a sore throat or anything else which kept me from panicking too much.

Long story short, I took her to a Lymph Node Massage Therapist every day for 5 days. Day 1 she massaged around the lump never touching it because it hurt so badly. Day 2, the lump was just as big but did not hurt to touch and so the therapist massaged the lump and surrounding areas. By day 5, the lump was gone completely. The poisons and toxins in her body had collected in that one lymph node and needed to be manipulated to be released.

My daughter developed another lump in the same spot about 3 years later but not as large or tender. I took her back for another week and she has never had one since except for the typical swollen gland due to a cold.

I would highly recommend a massage therapist that specializes in lymph node therapy. I hated the idea of putting my kids on medications and this was a great alternative.

Hope this helps and Good Luck,
Karen

Mom to Toby (21), Sara (20), CarrieAnne (18), and Casey (16)
Wife of Rob (22 years)

kvockrodt
10-01-2006, 03:23 PM
Lizzy,

Sorry about posting twice but my other daughter had a swollen neck when she was in 2nd grade. I took her to the doctor, I named a bunch of things to him including mumps and CAT SCRATCH FEVER. Her symptoms were that she was swollen under her ear and just in front of her ear going towards her nose. the swelling was very tight and hurt to the touch. She had a very strange thing: an abscess in her Parotid gland, that's the salivary gland leading into the side gums in your mouth. Apparently it is not uncommon(you bite the inside of your mouth and a piece goes back into the salivary gland, becoming infected) and is more easily treated in children than in adults. The one thing that the pediatrician said was that there is no test for cat scratch fever. I also remember that from when I was a kid and I had it. My lump was on top of my left shoulder.

Good luck again!
Karen

Mom to Toby (21), Sara (20), CarrieAnne (18), and Casey (16)
Wife of Rob (22 years)

Lizzy Joy
10-01-2006, 06:42 PM
You all are so wonderful! [^]

Thank you for your prayers, care and great advice! Caroline's fever broke about an hour after I gave her the Ibuprofen last night... hallelujah! We were very relieved, even though she is obviously fighting some kind of infection. [xx(] WHAT COULD IT BE???

She slept through the night and awoke saying she felt "great"! She actually felt hungry at 7 a.m. for breakfast! I am so thankful to God for the overnight improvement! Maybe, just maybe the infection has run its course. I'm keeping her hydrated and resting today.

I kept her home from church and from going to the Fair, and am watching her carefully. So far her temp is at 98.5 degrees and it hasn't gone up again. But... the fevers she has had for the past three nights started in the evenings, so I'll keep a close watch on her again tonight.

It was a hard choice, but the E.R. would have to be our very LAST RESORT because of her intense fear of hospitals right now... but of course, we will take her if necessary! Our experience in E.R.s has not been good. Very scary place for kids. [V]

I'm going to look up the lymph massage therapy on Google and see what all that is about... I'd love to help her have relief from the pain in her neck (it still hurts to the touch). Thank you for sharing your experiences... I KNEW I COULD COUNT ON MY T-TAPPIN' SISTERS FOR HELP!

We were looking at "Lymphoma" and other cancers last night, and started feeling like we'd better educate ourselves before going in for that CT scan... just in case we have to talk about that possibility.

We have friends who are going through cancer surgeries with their children right now... and it's so awful. :( Let's pray that this lump disappears before we even have to get the CT Scan! :D


Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"

Mermaid
10-01-2006, 08:20 PM
I don't know what the underlying infection is. Separate from that issue, you can apply a paste of bentonite clay (from a health food store), water, and any herbs you like to the swollen area. You put on a big glob, put plastic wrap over it secured with a little first aid tape. Do it for several hours or a few treatments around the clock until the pain and swelling go down. The clay is very cool and soothing, and will pull out toxins. Of course, as you know, that won't do anything about the underlying condition, but it will make her more comfortable.

Have you tried homeopathics?

Tina71
10-01-2006, 11:12 PM
Glad to hear that her fever broke last night. I hope it stays down. Keep us posted! hugs and prayers!

Tina

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

naturalgirl
10-02-2006, 02:19 AM
I hope your dear daughter is doing better! She is the same age as my oldest! My hubby grew up on a farm and when he was a boy he got sick with hives and swollen lymph nodes. He ended up getting some parasites from some animals he played with but it wasn't discovered for months. He ended being sick off and on since tests didn't catch the problems. His mom ended up giving him some herbs for parasites and bacteria viris(sp) and his symptoms went away. Of course maybe they would've anyways!But you never know.
I understand how stressed you are over your baby(they're still are our babies even though they are big!;)) I went through the whole urgent care with my duaghter last Christmas and then after that my newborn in ICU for 2 weeks so I understand!
I will pray for your daughter and that you will find answers for her problem. God Bless!

TraylorMS
10-02-2006, 12:11 PM
Was wandering how your daughter is doing today. Hope all is well.

Mary

carol57
10-02-2006, 12:14 PM
Me, too! Please post when you can and let us know how she's doing. ((HUGS))

Carol

Tina71
10-02-2006, 03:29 PM
yes, I was wondering too!

Tina

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Lizzy Joy
10-03-2006, 12:25 AM
Thank you, T-Tapping sisters, for your prayers and heartfelt concern for Caroline! [:I]

Our hearts are truly touched to have a community of wonderful friends that we can go to for help... with almost anything! [^]

Last night my poor little one had a slight fever again... so Daddy gave her some ibuprofen and sent her to bed at midnight. I was already asleep after spending several nights up late with her. She told her Dad that she felt fine, even with the fever. I was so happy when she got up and had energy this morning. She played all day long!

Her appetite has returned somewhat, and no more headaches! Yay!!! :D

We are still concerned about this large lump in her neck and will call the doctor for a re-check tomorrow. The Dr. recommended waiting for a week to see if she could still have mono... as the first test may have missed it. [?] I really don't know what this could be?!?!

My sister-in-law is a physician and she thinks that the lump (swollen lymph node) will just disappear in a matter of days or weeks, as Caroline's infection clears itself up. I still think I should have the doctor re-check her... even though they'll do a finger-prick for blood work. OUCH! She is not looking forward to that, but I am just so thankful that she's improving instead of getting worse!

Thank you all soooo much! Please do let me know if you come up with any more ideas. I'd like to be educated on this as much as possible.


Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"

5C-Mom
10-03-2006, 12:41 AM
Coming in a little late, here, but have you checked her thoroughly for ticks? I used to spend summers in Missouri on my grandparent's farm (good times!) and wound up with a swollen lymph node after a tick that went unnoticed. Once the tick was removed, the node stayed swollen for quite a while but I didn't have any other problems...no fever or pain. It eventually went down without further treatment. Just a thought...

Tricia

TraylorMS
10-03-2006, 12:13 PM
I'm so glad your daughter is showing signs of improvement and pray she will continue.

I had Mono when I was about 9. The first test came back neg., but after many test and nothing showed up the Dr. said he believed that this was it as did my Aunt who was a pediactic nurse. He put me on meds and told my mother to bring me back and that time it showed up.
I can remember waking up one morning and my neck was so swollen I could not even move my neck. It took about 3 weeks to completely get over.

Keep us updated. I will continue in prayer.

Mary

techie
10-03-2006, 01:24 PM
Poor little girl! I will pray for her!
Just as a side note, when I was 13, I had a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck, as well as a high fever. The dr put me on antibiotics, but it did not go away/down after a week, he then put me in the hospital w/IV medication, in which it did go away. I know she is scared of doctors and hospitals- I was too back then. But I guess what I wanted to mention here is that all I had was an infected lymph node, if you are scared that it is something more serious chance are it is just an infection.

Beth
FABULOUS Mommy to twins Nathan and Jessica (born 04/20/2004)

Tina71
10-03-2006, 05:26 PM
I am glad that she is feeling better. I believe that my niece was tested for mono. And it came back negative. They did a more thorough test that took about a week to get the results. And it came back that she did have Epstein Barr in her system.

Please keep us posted!

Tina

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

pro211
10-03-2006, 06:04 PM
My son had mono this summer . He is older than your daughter , he's 20 but I never saw such a swollen gland before . All of my children at one point have had swollen glands but never this swollen . It was painful for me to look at . His temp would go up and down as did his energy level . The Dr. had us wait a good week before testing and sure enough it came back positive for mono .
I'll say some prayers for a speedy recovery for her.
Paula

Lizzy Joy
10-06-2006, 04:54 PM
Oh, thank you all soooooo much for your replies! I am encouraged! :D

Caroline has no more fever, no more headaches, no fatigue, and no sharp pain in the lymph node... she still has a swollen gland, but she says it doesn't hurt anymore! She is so much better, but I am still concerned.

The doctor wanted to re-check her for mono, and also to have a CT Scan... but I called today and found out that Caroline would be checked by a completely different physician this time... shouldn't I wait until Monday to see the same one, or see her regular pediatrician (who is a friend of the family)?

We are going back to "Grama's farm" on Sunday to spend a week, so I'd better go ahead and have her checked today. Poor kid! She did tell me that she had a few ticks when she stayed at the farm... but we have had lots of seed ticks and tick bites over the years there, and none has ever caused swollen lymph nodes. Hmmmmmm. So many possibilities!

I'm calling right now for an appointment for a re-check! [:I]

Peace of mind and another mono test will be worth the "stress" of going and sitting and waiting, right?

Thank you all for your prayers and concern! T-TAPPERS ARE THE BEST!

Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"

Tina71
10-06-2006, 06:06 PM
Hi Lizzy Joy! I am glad that she is feeling better. I think I would go ahead and get her rechecked too. Maybe you should mention the ticks also. Keep us posted! ;)

Tina

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Lizzy Joy
10-06-2006, 10:12 PM
Hooray!

No CT Scan will be necessary... at this point!

The new doctor we saw this afternoon didn't think Caroline should be re-tested for mono or anything else, because she doesn't have any of her former symptoms now! What a huge relief and answer to prayer!

Praise the Lord and Hallelujah!!! :D[^]:D[^]

Caroline started crying as soon as we parked in the Doctor's office lot, and she was nearly panicking about getting another finger prick test... so I really think the doctor was super merciful to her. She told us that if the lump gets bigger or becomes sore to the touch... or if any symptoms return, then we should come back in and have her retested.

This all seems so "simple" now that Caroline doesn't have the high fever, headache, fatigue or loss of appetite... we were really worried! I did mention the ticks that we get so often at the farm, but the doctor said that whatever it was that caused the infection must be clearing up now.

Your prayers and help have been sooooo wonderful. Thank you ALL!!!:D These forums are such a blessing! Thank you, Teresa Tapp!

Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"

carol57
10-06-2006, 11:00 PM
Oh Lizzy Joy, I am so glad she's all right!! (((HUGS)))

Carol

TraylorMS
10-06-2006, 11:35 PM
I am glad she is feeling better also. Have a good week on the farm.

Mary

MistyRainbow
10-07-2006, 03:15 AM
Oh, thank goodness! I just stumbled upon this thread tonight and, after reading through the whole thing I'm glad that your DD is on the road to recovery!

Cheers,

Signed,
Misty

((I'm still walkin', so I'm sure that I can dance.))

Lizzy Joy
10-07-2006, 01:38 PM
Thank you all again! :) T-Tappers are just the BEST!

Caroline's healing up was just in time... today she told us that she is feeling great! She even went off to do a good deed with Daddy on the lawn tractor this morning!

This has been such a hard week... and Caroline's healing was just in time, because now her big sister Katherine had to be rushed to the doctor to find out that she has "SHINGLES"! [:0]

We thought they were infected bug bites... but then they got worse and worse, spreading over her face, her eyelid, brow, and into her scalp.

I think all the worry and stress over little sister contributed to Katie's recent breakout. :( It looks so awful and really hurts. We are so thankful that our family has "fall break" this week so that she can rest some and not have to go so school all scabby and worn out.

I started an OFF TOPIC thread for Katie yesterday... so I'll go over and update it too! We've been so blessed to get such great advice!

Thank you all again!

Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"

Tina71
10-07-2006, 01:43 PM
Lizzy Joy-
I am so glad to hear that Caroline is feeling so much better. And that she won't need the CAT scan or other tests. YEAH! :D Wonderful news!

Tina

Life is not measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away

Windjammer
10-18-2006, 04:18 PM
Hey Lizzy, Cousin again. I too have a swollen node. My dr says its from saliva glands getting clogged. Anytime I eat something tangy or tart it swells up. He says lots of water helps. My is there all the time now, but only swells when I eat tangy or tart food.

Lizzy Joy
10-18-2006, 05:07 PM
How strange! [:0] Our bodies are still quite mysterious, aren't they?!

I used to get a funny pain in my jaw when I would drink fermented grape juice (yes, wine!). WEIRD, HUH?! [:I] It hurt so much... but I didn't know what was causing it! I usually only had a small glass of plum wine when I'd go out for Sushi... but that had to be the cause!

I stopped indulging in alcoholic beverages years ago, and the pain has never returned! Yay!

Now if I could just stop indulging in so much sushi! Ha! Ha! ;)

Thank you for your concern for Caroline! Her swollen lymph node has completely disappeared now. PRAISE GOD!!! She feels great and thanks everyone for the prayers and concern. :D

I'll be praying you get better too!

Blessings,
Lizzy Joy

"The joy of the Lord is my strength!"