Does Lymphadenitis Cause Disruption In The Menstrual Cycle?

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Good afternoon, introduce me Tata beforehand I want to explain since April I was diagnosed with non-specific acute lymphadenitis (still at the stage of blood tests etc.) with a lump in the neck and swelling in both legs and constant fever. for swelling it’s been a month (early August) and for a month I haven’t had my period. Previously, I had never been late for my period, even if it was 3 days at the latest. Does it have anything to do with my illness?

1 Answer:

Hi Pramudita,

Thank you for asking

Menstruation is a cycle that women experience every month. This menstrual cycle normally takes place every 21 to 35 days. There are many things that affect the regularity of the menstrual cycle, especially those related to the balance of reproductive hormones, for example those influenced by psychological conditions, activities carried out, diet, exercise, drug consumption, contraceptive use, and body weight. Also, menstruation can be delayed due to pregnancy or due to a disease, such as ovarian cysts, thyroid gland disorders, pituitary gland disorders, to other illnesses that indirectly affect the hormonal balance in the body.

The complaints you are experiencing right now are probably not directly related to delayed menstruation. However, the stress the body experiences as a result of dealing with these illnesses can cause the release of excessive stress hormones which can indirectly affect the hormonal balance that regulates the menstrual cycle, for example estrogen and progesterone. Therefore, this needs to be checked directly to a doctor.

Lymphadenitis, which is inflammation of the lymph nodes, is usually characterized by the appearance of a lump, often in the neck, armpits, or groin area, which is round, has a supple consistency, has a smooth surface, is painful when pressed, and rarely enlarges beyond the size of a marble. In some cases, the lumps due to lymphadenitis can become irritated, resulting in rupture and discharge of abnormal secretions, such as pus or blood. Not only that, people with lymphadenitis will usually experience other systemic symptoms, such as fever, excessive sweating, weakness, muscle and joint pain, weight loss, and decreased appetite.

The causes of lymphadenitis can vary, the most common being tuberculosis (TB) infection. Not only that, lymphadenitis in the neck area can also appear due to other infections (for example strep throat, measles, ear infections, dental and mouth infections, mononucleosis, cat scratch infection, HIV, syphilis, toxoplasmosis) to other causes besides infection, for example lupus, lymphoma, leukemia, side effects of drugs, and so on. These various possibilities need to be distinguished through direct doctor's examination supported by other examinations, such as laboratory, X-rays, ultrasound, biopsy, and so on.

As for your feet that are swollen and experience a lot of reddish rashes, it can occur due to one of the causes of lymphadenitis above, or it can also arise due to other factors, such as allergies, insect bites, foot skin infections (for example cellulitis, erysipelas), contact dermatitis, heart or kidney disorders, and so on.

There are many possible causes for your complaints, and not all of them lead to the same 1 cause. Therefore, it is necessary to carry out further tests to narrow the possibility of this diagnosis. Our suggestion is that you check your complaint directly with an internal medicine specialist so that a comprehensive evaluation is carried out regarding the complaints you are experiencing. As for what kind of treatment will be given later can vary depending on the cause of the illness. If necessary, you may be referred to a gynecologist for further evaluation regarding the delay in menstruation that you are experiencing.

In the meantime, what you should do is:

Rest well 6 to 8 hours a day, first reduce activities that are too draining
Increase the consumption of foods rich in calories, rich in protein, for example red meat, eggs, fish, poultry, nuts
Also balance the consumption of these foods with other nutritious foods and drinks to promote healing
Compress the swollen leg with warm water, elevate it while sleeping
Avoid massaging swollen feet
Shower diligently, and clean swollen feet well
Minimizing the possibility of contact between the feet that are swollen and experiencing a red rash with substances that have the potential to trigger allergies and irritation of the skin on the feet
Use comfortable footwear, fit your foot size, and not high heels
Exercise diligently and maintain ideal body weight

Hope it helps ..

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