• What are the major signs of Hodgkin’s to look out for? Does it always present as a lump somewhere in the body?

    Asked by RockTom on Friday, April 26, 2013

    What are the major signs of Hodgkin’s to look out for? Does it always present as a lump somewhere in the body?

    I went into see the doctor because of allergies, didn't know I had a lump in my neck. Had no symptoms.

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    • carm's Avatar

      Yes that is a clinical hallmark of HL and also extreme fatigue, fever or chills and night sweats. A loss of apetite and associated weight loss. possible cough and shortness of breath. Most of the time it is the lymph nodes in either the neck, the axillary or your armpits or in the groin area. I hope this helps, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I think the lump is common but I did not have one at all! I was coughing for a year and saw many doctors before I ended up in the ER with severe stomach pain. They gave me a CT scan and here I am thinking it was a gall bladder issue when it turned out that I had an 8 cm tumor near my heart (in the mediastinum) which was making me cough for a year (still not totally sure what caused that stomach pain but good thing it happened otherwise who knows when we would've found it).

      Anyway, I also had really really terrible and severe itching. I think that was way worse than the cough. There would be times when I would itch my legs for HOURS (literally) with no relief. I would cut myself accidentally because I was scratching so hard. I used to scratch the bottom of my feet with blunt ended scissors. I used to cry because I couldn't get the itching to stop (my legs were mainly the itchiest). Of course, the dermatologist I saw was no help.

      My heart used to race (resting heart rate around 140-150) for no reason (after the CT scan, I was admitted into the hospital for a biopsy and to start chemo. Well one night my heart rate shot up to 250 while I was sleeping. For reference, normal heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute. Good thing I was hooked up to monitors and in the hospital! They gave me some really strong medicine to slow it down).

      Toward "the end" (the end of that journey - my diagnosis), I was also suffering from night sweats, fevers, extreme fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss. These symptoms are common.

      I wish you the best of luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • rickaroo's Avatar

      Hi RockTom!
      I went to my doc for a normal physical, & didn't have any symptoms except for weight loss. She said that's why we always check someone's weight, it can tell us a lot! She then felt my neck & I had a slightly enlarged lymphnode, but nothing that was noticeable....she thought I maybe had pneumonia and didn't know it (I was a teacher and a lot of my students had some respiratory illness recently). The chest X-ray came back with a huge tumor in my chest....
      Not sure how long it would've been before I found out if it wasn't for my normal physical visit. I had no symptoms or signs....I was playing softball, keeping up with the kids I taught, etc. Now looking back I realize I was pretty tired & had itchy skin, but I attributed those things to being a new teacher & possibly an allergy.
      Will be praying for you!

      over 3 years ago
    • berly462005's Avatar

      I had a rash for 2 1/2years. The drs treated me for eczema and it was actually part of the Hodgkin's . I also later had a really bad cough , fever,night sweats and a bulging neck.

      over 3 years ago
    • WonderKitty's Avatar

      My primary symptom was the lump in my neck just above the collar bone on the left side. A CT scan also revealed a 7cm mass in my chest. I had no other symptoms (that I was aware of) until after the diagnosis. Low grade fever, sensitivity to cold, and the chemo brought on night sweats and lots of itching. My feet and legs were the worst as well. I will say that I had noticed the lump in my neck long before I thought to do anything about it. It was quite small for a very long time, but once it was visible under my skin, it grew very rapidly. Be glad you caught it before it was visible!

      over 3 years ago

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