In a chaotic and uncertain world, cancer is still one of the scariest diagnoses a person can receive. And while treatments are improving every day, the prognosis for recovery from different types varies widely.
This article is meant to educate you on the symptoms of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system. The good news is that when it’s caught early, Hodgkin’s lymphoma is very treatable.
However, it can be challenging to identify these initial symptoms of Hodgkin’s lymphoma because they are mostly non-specific. Taken together, they may spell trouble and warrant a trip to the doctor as soon as possible. Start making notes now of any combination of the following experiences.
1. Increased sensitivity to alcohol
This is one of the more surprising symptoms of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and might be your first clue that something is wrong. If you notice that you are more sensitive to alcohol than usual, or that you have pain in your lymph nodes after imbibing, it could indicate a problem in your lymphatic system.
The lymph system helps to control the flow of fluids throughout your body and is part of the immune system, which is tasked with fighting infections. Science doesn’t fully understand the connection between alcohol sensitivity and lymphoma, so it isn’t used as the main diagnostic criteria for the cancer.
Also, there are plenty of reasons that alcohol might make you feel bad, so don’t assume the worst…but do head to your doc for a checkup.