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    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!"






    Blessings,
    Lizzy Joy

    "The joy of the Lord is my strength... and my song!"

  • #2
    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>





    Lori



    Do not be confused, I am NOT a trainer just someone who has been around for over 12 years and talks too much!

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    • #3
      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





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      • #4
        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





        Amanda
        North East MD
        Mama to Emily 2 1/2

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

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        • #5
          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.





          Julie

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          • #6
            My niece had an enlarged lymph node on her neck when she had mono&gt; Check out this:

            http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/infec...nucleosis.html

            Tina

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





            Tina

            “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.”---Robert Frost

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            • #7
              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!"






              Blessings,
              Lizzy Joy

              "The joy of the Lord is my strength... and my song!"

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              • #8
                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





                Tina

                “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.”---Robert Frost

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                • #9
                  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!"






                  Blessings,
                  Lizzy Joy

                  "The joy of the Lord is my strength... and my song!"

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                  • #10
                    Hi Lizzy! Poor Caroline! I feel bad for her. ((Caroline))

                    Here is a link about cat scratch fever:

                    http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/inf...t_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





                    Tina

                    “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.”---Robert Frost

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                    • #11
                      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>





                      Lori



                      Do not be confused, I am NOT a trainer just someone who has been around for over 12 years and talks too much!

                      Hopefully one of the many Certified T-Tapp Trainers will be along shortly, with the most accurate information.

                      My Success Story

                      http://sewfrench.com/

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                      • #12
                        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!"






                        Blessings,
                        Lizzy Joy

                        "The joy of the Lord is my strength... and my song!"

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                        • #13
                          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





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                          • #14
                            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





                            Tina

                            “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.”---Robert Frost

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                            • #15
                              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)





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

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