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I am new here; posted my symptoms on another board here so here we go again to see if anyone has any ideas for me.
For the last 6-7 weeks, I have had a swelling above my collarbone and been very tired. I just have no energy some days; by the time I go to work all day I am ready for a 2 hr. nap. On weekends, I sleep 10-14 hours at a time. My neck also aches most of the time. If I do anything physical it aches more and my neck swells more. I have had a CBC (all good)an MRI on my neck and it shows no tumor and I had a TSH and FreeT4 thyroid test and they are in the normal range. My doctor said take a multivimin and come back in a month if no better. I am 46; I had a mammogram in April and it is also fine, so they have no idea what is wrong. If anyone has any ideas I would really appreciate it!
A lot of other people have mentioned mono, which is a reasonable possibility, but I would like to draw your attention to several other possibilities. I would suggest that you do a online search for information on lyme disease, cat scratch disease, and fibromyalgia. Compare your systems and map out what questions you need to ask your doctor (and what tests you may need to request).

Personally, I had the same symptoms as you (among others) a few years ago. I took all the tests you mentioned and many, many more. In desperation, my doctor biopsied one of my swollen lymph nodes (in my neck). They found nothing except a possible indication of cat scratch disease. Finally, a couple of years later, my symptoms were so debilitating that I was finally sent to a neurologist and a rheumatologist. Four years after the initial lymph node swelling (I had fatigue and other symptoms for at least twelve years) and several thousand dollars in medical bills later, I was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

I tell you this not to scare you but to convince you that you must take charge of your health and insist on being fairly treated. My (former) elderly family doctor still doesn't believe that fibromyalgia exists. I was forced to leave his care and move on to a doctor who could find the truth. You can do this. Be strong, and don't be afraid to ask your loved ones for help and support.

Good luck. Let us know how things go. :)

[This message has been edited by Anonymity (edited 12-27-2002).]

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