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Needle Biopsy - lymph nodes in neck

28 Mar 2019 17:48

Hello, I have a biopsy scheduled for Monday morning. The cat scan with contrast results state that I have 6,  3.5 cms lymph glands on the right side of my neck.

Should I be worried? I'm not the best with needles. Will I be able to go back to work the next day?

I just hope Monday comes and goes really quickly. All I seem to be doing is wishing my life away, as I go from test to test. 

It will be a massive relief one way or another to know what is wrong or if something is wrong. 


Needle Biopsy - lymph nodes in neck

28 Mar 2019 18:48 in response to rachelflorence

Hi, I’ve had a few of these biopsies, you shouldn’t feel anything after they numb you, it’s over in ten minutes. You will be absolutely fine to go back to work. Just close your eyes and don’t watch the needle go into node like I did the last time. 

Good luck on Monday hope it goes ok for you. 

Needle Biopsy - lymph nodes in neck

28 Mar 2019 20:14 in response to scones

Thank you scones! I can do ten minutes! Hope you are well!


Needle Biopsy - lymph nodes in neck

28 Mar 2019 20:18 in response to rachelflorence

Good luck! I hope it goes well for you! I had my ct scan on Tuesday and I have my ultrasound and biopsy next week. Haven’t had results from the ct yet as I have an appointment with the consultant a week on Wednesday so would imagine I will get the ct, ultrasound and biopsy results all on that date. Hopefully your biopsy is painless and results come through quickly x x 

Needle Biopsy - lymph nodes in neck

29 Mar 2019 20:13 in response to Anonymous

Hi Bec2019, so we're on the same rollercoaster. I had an ultrasound first, so our tests are in different order. My CT scan results took 8 days.  Blood work 5 days. The ultrasound results were immediate. The biopsy can take a while, they tell me. I feel that I am overthinking this experience. I think that as I go through test to test, I'm just waiting to hear that I'm well. The imbetween 'waits' are pretty horrific. 

Thank you for replying!

Let me know how you are, I'll do the same! Either way! 





Needle Biopsy - lymph nodes in neck

30 Mar 2019 08:18 in response to rachelflorence

The waiting is awful I was worried that by just feeling it he felt it warranted a full chest and neck ct done ASAP and ultrasound and biopsy as I’ve heard people having an ultrasound and biopsy that’s inconclusive and then being sent for a ct for a further look but not normally the other way around. Feel like the wait for next weeks ultrasound is taking forever .


the needle biopsy I have had before in my breast and it was painless so I hope yours goes well on Monday! Fingers crossed it all goes well and your results are quick and good news! Keep me updated I will also let you know how I get on next week x x

Needle Biopsy - lymph nodes in neck

30 Mar 2019 10:14 in response to Anonymous

I think each doctor has his / her own way of testing? My lumps were found during a random check after I was admitted to hospital for a hernia. I told my GP that I had to go back for tests and he said to just get a blood test first and take a round of antibiotics before getting anything else done. But at the hospital they had already taken a full round of blood tests, had me in for a day in hospital for tests for allergies and had scheduled a CT with contrast. I asked him for a day off work to have the CT and he said 'whatever are you doing?', as the hospital haven't been in contact with him, and I haven't taken the antibiotics as he suggested, I think he's confused.

But I am quite relieved that if I actually do have something wrong with me, I'm further along the testing stage than I would have been if I had done what my GP suggested. I said many times to the DR at the hospital, my GP thinks I need to take antibiotics and wait. I hate the idea that I am wasting hospital time and money if I should have just tried antibiotics. 

The radiologist asked me before the CT how antibiotic therapy had gone. I said I hadn't taken any. He looked miffed. After I asked, should I take antibiotics starting this week? He said no need, and he was suggesting a biopsy in his report.

I've asked my ex husband to go away with our daughter this weekend, so I can lay low and do some cleaning. I decided not to discuss any of the 'what ifs' with my daughter, I have a new hernia in my back, so she thinks I'm sick because of my back and all the tests I've being having  are for something she's used to me having. 

I hope time passes for us both, and that we are found to be healthy at the end of it all. I am truly convinced I have nothing as I haven't lost any weight, I don't have night sweats and I wasn't even aware I had large lymh nodes until last month. Now I can see my neck is considerably swollen on the right, but I don't see the 6 3.5 cm lumps they say I have!

Good luck! Have a good weekend!


Needle Biopsy - lymph nodes in neck

4 Apr 2019 15:54 in response to Anonymous

Hi Bec2019

I had my biopsy, which turned into a core biopsy. Buy some ice packs for your neck, I used the instant plastic bag type they gave me in hospital, but find the ones you put in the freezer are much much better! 

Let me know how it goes!