Activate Now
 
ProHealth me-cfs Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Fibromyalgia: Bad; Fibromyalgia with Migraine: Really Bad

Fibromyalgia and Sleep

4 Tips for Parenting with Chronic Illness

How Can You Be Positive When You Live With Chronic Pain?

Aching for Pain Relief?

Recovering from CFS and Fibromyalgia Series

Chocolate's Potential Health Benefits – and its Effect on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

Repair Damaged Mitochondria and Reduce Fatigue Up to 45%

4 Ways to Keep Spirits Up When in Chronic Pain

Finding Your Energy Envelope

 
Print Page
Email Article

Ask the Doctor: Information on Enlarged Lymph Nodes?

  [ 14 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By Dr. Kristi Wrightson, ND, MS, RD • www.ProHealth.com • November 27, 2012


Ask the Doctor: Information on Enlarged Lymph Nodes?. Dr. Kristi Wrightson, ND, MS, RD is a board-certified, licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Dietitian with a masters in Nutrition
Dr. Kristi Wrightson, ND, MS, RD is a board-certified, licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Dietitian with a masters in Nutrition

Q: Do you have any information on lymph node enlargement due to lymph nodes reacting to something in the body? - M

A: Lymphadenopathy is the enlargement of one or more lymph nodes that are typically found in the neck, axilla (under arm) or inguinal region (groin). The majority of lymph node swelling goes undetected; however, it is common to find one or more swollen nodes at the time of illness. Lymph nodes are part of the intricate lymphatic system, which functions to get rid of unwanted wastes in the blood. The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels that are closely related to the circulatory system.

• As the blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissues of the body, the lymphatic system removes unwanted impurities from the plasma to be filtered through the lymphatic vessels and nodes.

• When the plasma is thoroughly sifted and free from contaminants the blood is returned to the circulatory system.

Lymph nodes normally enlarge due to increased production of cells, called lymphocytes, which are used to fight any pathogens present in the lymph.

Generally lymph node swellings are caused by infection; however, they can become enlarged due to other illnesses such as connective tissue disease, endocrine disorders or cancer.

(Ed note: Swollen and tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit are a classic symptom of ME/CFS, or at least of the subset that’s thought to be a 'post-viral' illness, involving the replication, reactivation or reaction against ‘lifetime’ viruses such as Epstein-Barr.(1,2) In the case of Lyme disease, the Lyme spirochete, if unchecked at an early stage, can accumulate in and cause swelling of the lymph nodes(3), possibly as part of a strategy for ‘subverting’ the immune response.)

Enlarged nodes will often be tender, soft and movable, indicating a non-pathological node [not caused by disease]. If a lymph node is larger than 3/8 inches in diameter, hard and fixed, or has been swollen longer than 2 weeks it is important to consult a physician.

In general, however, the majority of swollen nodes are simply your body’s reaction to an infection.

- Dr. Kristi Wrightson, ND, MS, RD

This week’s question & answer calls on Dr. Kristi Wrightson, ND, MS, RD. Dr. Wrightson is a board-certified, licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Registered Dietitian with a masters in Nutrition. In her integrative medicine practice in Santa Barbara, CA, she sees a broad spectrum of patients, from those who want general preventive medicine to those coping with chronic disease.
___

1. “Viruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Why Do Viruses Make Us Tired?”

2. “Dr. Holtorf on Infectious Causes of ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia” 

3. “Lyme Bug Invades Lymph Nodes & Rewires Their Immune Response, UC Davis Researchers Find”

Note: This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is generic, is not meant to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure any condition, Illness or disease, and is not intended to substitute for the personal attention of a healthcare professional.




Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
MitoQ® B-12 Extreme™ Energy NADH™ 12.5mg

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & Lyme Disease treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

How Glutathione Can Save Your Life

Featured Products

Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth
Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 your brain needs for detox & sharpness
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%
MitoQ® MitoQ®
Powerful Antioxidant Support to Mitochondria

Natural Remedies

Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss
Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging
Fighting Fatigue with Ground-breaking French Oak Wood Extract Fighting Fatigue with Ground-breaking French Oak Wood Extract
Strontium - The Missing Mineral for Strong Bones Strontium - The Missing Mineral for Strong Bones
Safely Burn Away Body Fat Safely Burn Away Body Fat

FIBROMYALGIA
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Causes
Fibromyalgia Treatments
Fibromyalgia Diet
Fibromyalgia Medications
M.E. & CFS
What is M.E./CFS?
M.E./CFS Diagnosis
M.E./CFS Symptoms
M.E./CFS Causes
M.E./CFS Treatments
M.E./CFS Diet
M.E./CFS Medications
LYME DISEASE
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Lyme Disease Causes
Lyme Disease Treatments
Lyme Disease Diet
Lyme Disease Medications
FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
M.E. & CFS
Lyme Disease
General Health
WHOLESALE
AFFILIATES GUARANTEE
PRIVACY
CONTACT US
LIBRARY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing