I have an appt this afternoon to see my doctor but my anxiety is rising and i needed to find somewhere to get everything out on 'paper'.
I'm a 32yo woman. About 10 years ago, I discovered 2 small lumps on the left side of my neck down near the collarbone. They seem to be 'fixed' on a tendon (or similar vertical structure), one above the other with less than half CM between them - they can be shifted side to side but not up and down. They were a lumpy very firm consistency (imagine a pea sized ball made of lentils) but fixed size maybe 1/2 or 3/4 centimetre each. The doc was not concerned by them and said they'd fixed like that after some infection or other and just to keep an eye on them.
November last year I was itching my neck and noticed that the lower one was now about the size of a kidney bean and the upper a large pea (hadn't checked on them in months at least). They are still fixed together vertically but now are smooth and have almost closed the gap between them. They are firm (nor sure on the definition of firm but they aren't sqongy or rock hard, more like rubber but they definitely can't be squished between fingers). I can pinch them to feel the sides but cannot feel round to the back of them. In the past week, I've discovered a third one appearing just to the right of them, not connected to them that I can feel, but fixed on its own vertical, but a bit deeper into the hollow - much smaller but definitely slowly growing (its currently in the lumpy stage the others started at but not as hard as they were).
I've put off going to the doctor since November as I have a sort of 'ignore it and it'll go away' attitude (I have quite bad anxiety and that's how I deal best) but my other half has discovered them and insisted on me making an appointment so now I'm waiting and stressing (yay anxiety).
Just wondering if anyone else had experienced this and there's other obvious causes that I can reassure myself with.
Sorry this was long, and thanks for any answers.
*edited to add* Even if you can't give me alternative causes, any idea of what to expect at my appt would be helpful. 'Bad news' replies/thoughts are also welcome as my anxiety is over the unknown, not the diagosis...