Lymphoma Symptoms

November 12, 2012

Lymphoma Symptoms

Once symptoms are searched for, Lymphoma is fairly easily identified. However, it is somewhat of a silent killer, especially if it is non-Hodgkin lymphoma. They are very often minor or non-existent in the early stages of the disease, and the Lymphoma symptoms that do appear are not specific to Lymphoma and can mimic the symptoms of many common, non-threatening viruses, bugs and illnesses. If you have been experiencing general sickness and are not operating at full health, it is important to keep your doctor informed during regular health check-ups.

Some common symptoms include the following:

Swollen lymph nodes

Your lymph nodes are found in different places all over your body, and in the case of lymphoma symptoms, you may find that your lymph nodes are very swollen in your skin, chest, neck and abdomen. In cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, these nodes may become hard without any evident pain. For other types, swelling in your chest may interfere with breathing, and the nodes that swell in your skin may appear as red or purple itchy lumps. The nodes in your neck often swell in cases of influenza, of in people who have sinus problems – it is when the swelling is long-term that a doctor should be notified and concern is justified. If the lymph nodes in your armpit or abdomen are swollen, more immediate concern may be needed. If you have swollen lymph nodes, they are likely to be somewhat painful and tender.

Unexplained weight loss

If you lose more than 10% of your body weight in a short amount of time without dieting or an increase in your exercise regime, you must see your doctor.

Pain in the chest

As we mentioned, swollen lymph nodes in the chest can cause significant amounts of pain – this is especially the case if the lymphoma is affecting the thymus gland.


If you have unusual skin lesions or pruritic (itchy) rashes, this could be one of the lymphoma symptoms we have been considering. Cutaneous lymphoma especially has more skin-related symptoms than other types of the disease.

Regular fevers

Fevers occur for many different reasons, so if you have the odd one, don’t go rushing off to your doctor petrified of having lymphoma disease! If you have other lymphoma symptoms alongside regular fevers, it could be an indication that you have the disease – you should see your doctor if this is the case.

Sore lymph nodes following alcohol consumption

The lymph nodes are present in our bodies to help cleanse us, and perform similar functions to our liver and kidneys in respect to this. If you have particularly painful lymph nodes after consuming alcohol, it could be due to the extra pressure you are placing on them if they are diseased.

Night sweats

These come under the same advice as regular fevers – there is no need for concern unless you have other symtoms.

Pain in your lower back

Swollen lymph nodes may put pressure on the nerves in your lower back, causing you considerable pain. This may be worse at night, when you are laid down and further pressure is being applied to that area.

Lethargy, fatigue and a general lack of energy

If this symptom is combined with the other lymphoma symptoms mentioned above, there is cause for concern.

If you are concerned that you have the above symptoms, there is still a chance that you are not suffering from lymphoma symptoms. Cat Scratch Fever’s symptoms are very similar to those of lymphoma – these symptoms could mean that you have been in contact with an infected cat and thus your lymph nodes are infected. However, you should still see your doctor as soon as possible in order to get treatment quickly if you are indeed suffering from lymphoma symptoms.

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