what is the normal size of a groin lymph node?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by justlooking, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    I swear I looked at 20 different sites on the web for the lymphatic system and not one gave a normal size range for lymph nodes.

    Anyway, I have had some pain in the groin area around where my lymph nodes are for awhile, but I don't know if they are enlarged or not. I am a very thin woman, 5'6" 100 lbs, so there isn't much fat down there and I don't know if they are protruding or if it is just because I am so thin.
    Right now they are about the size of an Advil Gel capsule (I can't think of anything else I can reference in size comparable to it, sorry)

    Hope someone can help.
    BTW, I have not been sick other than the normal symptoms of FMS.
  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    here's a bump.

    I know in the past, for me, when a lymph node(s) were infected it was painful -- but I don't know if they're always painful if infected.

    Good luck,
  3. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    for the bump...........hoping someone here knows what a normal size node is.

    BTW Read your profile, I also had mono and meningitis. Mine were on separate occasions about 3 years apart. I have found only a couple of other people who have had both and who now suffer from CFS or FMS.

    Thanks again!
  4. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    I dont' want medical advice just the approximate normal size of a lymph node in the groin. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know someone knows this answer
  5. fibrofoginSA

    fibrofoginSA New Member

    I am going out on a limb here and saying.. Normal is you DONT feel it.
    My `nodes swell up whenI have an infection as well. It hurts like ^%$$. If you can feel them contact a medical professional. If they dont hurt and have been that way a while then I would guess that is normal for YOU. My youngest child has enlarged `nodes on her neck. They feel like little peas. The dr told me it was normal for her. So the list goes on and on. Go with your instinct.. if it doesnt feel right take care of it. Please feel free to contact me if you need too.
    Erica.... kges@prodigy.net
  6. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    I appreciate your response. I don't know if it is normal for me or not. It has been hurting some lately but then again everything hurts on me LOL

    Thanks again.
  7. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    I am also thin, and honestly can't 'feel' lymph nodes in that area at all.
    But the ones in my neck are about the size of an Advil gel capsule, but do not hurt nor are they sore right now. They have always been this size, if I have an infection they get larger and there is soreness.
    I also have huge tonsils, but they don't bother me, nor me them.

    You should get that checked by your doctor.

    Shalom, Shirl
  8. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    joyknits and shirl,
    I will try to remember to bring it up at my next visit. I know I have thought about it before, but somehow there are always so many things to discuss with my Dr. I always forget to mention it. It seems to happen infrequently but enough to raise some suspicion in me but always subsides before I see my Dr. and then I forget about it until it happens again. Go figure!!! Kind of like my symptoms waxing and waning with FMS and everytime I went to my Dr it moved or subsided, makes it hard to get a diagnosis doesn't it LOL.

    If it doesn't go away by Monday I will be sure to make an appointment to see my Dr.

    Thanks again and I appreciate the responses.
  9. sleepyinlalaland

    sleepyinlalaland New Member

    was bothered by enlarged and painful groin lymph nodes for months. She finally went to a clinic, where a nurse practitioner examined her and scared the dickens out of my daughter. She told her it felt VERY suspicious, and that it was urgent see get a specialists opinion IMMEDIATELY. Well, my daughter barely had the bucks to even visit the low-cost clinic, but she was prepared to have to come up with the bucks and she made an appt. with a specialist the next day.

    The upshot of it all?....after months of pain and "oversize" lumps (and I've no clue WHAT size that was), the examining doctor that she saw the next day (an oncologist)......FOUND NOTHING! A real bad new good news kinda thing. Really good news of course, but infuriating just the same. I'm sure my daughter has CFS, and for most of her life I've taken her to appts for really weird symptoms, that by the time we got to the doctor...symptoms were gone! Only theory I have about current problem is that the exam by the first nurse, may have caused the lymph to drain, so that it was not noticeable the next day by the doctor. Her groin lymp glands are STILL sore, but guess it is just one of those CFS things.
  10. MemoryLane

    MemoryLane Member

    They are situated both as clusters nearer to the surface of the skin and deeper in the groin. They are generally not palpable, unless swollen.

    Hope this helps
  11. bakron

    bakron New Member

    Easy Rule of Thumb:

    In a child, nodes are enlarged if they are greater than 1/4 to a little less than 1/2 of an inch in diameter. More easily seen and felt in children due to little fat covering.

    In an adult, the nodes may be up to 3/4 of an inch in diameter and be normal. More fat covering in adults tend to make the nodes less visible and more difficult to feel.

    NOTE: All concerns regarding node enlargement should be addressed with a doctor.
  12. justlooking

    justlooking New Member

    for your replies. The pain is gone completely and the node is still the same size. I am thinking the pain must have been in the muscles around there. I had gone to the grocery store the day before and pushing the basket puts a lot of pressure on my leg, butt and abdominal muscles.

    Sometimes the easy tasks normal people take for granted are very painful to us. Who would consider the grocery store such a work out????

    Have the best day possible.

  13. kfsunshine

    kfsunshine New Member

    I am glad to know I am not the only one with this symptom. It is painful when they are swollen. I have found the only thing that helps in wearing loose fitting underware and pants. When I wear jeans that are a little snug in that area they tend to flare up even worse. I am small too 5'2 and 106 lbs.