Swollen Lymph Nodes In Neck Painful To Touch

It's quite common for the lymphatic system to become blocked. You may have experienced the congestion of a cold or the swelling of your lymph nod 00004000 es during throat, ear or lung infections. Over time, the toxins that build up in the lymph nodes can weaken our immune systems and make us more susceptible to viruses. Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle and safe way to stimulate fluid circulation and increase the body's immune system.
What is Lymphatic Drainage Therapy?
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) sounds scarier than it is. It's actually a very gentle massage to the lymph nodes. This massage helps to circulate fluids and remove toxins from your system. While it may seem that you could massage your own lymph nodes the rhythm, pressure, direction and anatomical placement of the massage are all very important factors that are best left to a skilled and trained practitioner. There are lymph nodes on the side of the head and neck, in the arms, upper and lower trunk and legs.
Lymphatic drainage practitioners most often use a form of 'mapping' also known as Manual Lymphatic Mapping (MLM) that allows them to access the lymphatic pathways. There are specific directions of lymphatic flows in the body and mapping allows the practitioner to find the pathways with fluid stagnation and alternative pathways for healing. Once these pathways are determined a gentle touch with light pressure and wavelike, pulsating movements will be used on these pathways to stimulate toxin release and a clearing of these passageways.
Self Lymphatic Drainage through Rebounding
There are many ways to stimulate your own lymphatic drainage. For instance, you can give yourself massages and use exercise to help keep a healthy lymph system. Many people enjoy using a 'rebounder', a small trampoline-like piece of exercise equipment, to promote lymphatic health. Many doctors suggest using the rebounder due to the fact that jumping on it causes a gravitational pull (and surge upwards) that causes you lymphatic system to clear its own valves and keep a smooth running of fluids running throughout your entire body. Rebounding is a simple and easy way to regulate the flow of fluids in the body and keep a healthy immune system. It may sound too easy, but jumping on a trampoline or rebounder is a perfect exercise to promote natural lymphatic drainage.
Lymphatic Health
While lymphatic drainage is a wonderful way to keep your immune system healthy, it has many other benefits. It is known to detoxify the body, reduce swelling, relieve pain and regenerate tissue around wounds, wrinkles, burns or stretch marks. Lymphatic drainage is also known to reduce fibromyalgia and fatigue syndrome. Many believe it has anti-aging affects, improves the memory and can be a helpful aid for insomnia and stress.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Swollen lymph nodes - No longer painful.?
    I recently had (And still kinda have.) a sinusitis. My doctor put me on Ceftin for 10 days to treat it, alongside what they think is a UTI.

    I have swollen lymph nodes on the right side of my neck that were painful to the touch. One of the lymph nodes seems fairly large. I also noticed white spots on one of my tonsils on the same side.

    The lymph nodes in my neck are no longer painful (Or at least not very painful. Only slightly when there's a fair amount of pressure put on them, but not as bad as they were.) and the swelling does not seem to have gone down. It's visibly swollen, although you'd only notice it if I pointed it out.

    They still feel movable, and mostly soft, although one does feel a little firmer. (Albeit it could be the area, or the fact that multiple nodes on that side are swollen, in close proximity to each other.

    Should this be cause for concern, or is it normal for the lymph nodes to stay swollen but lose painfulness when you're getting over an infection?

    • ANSWER:
      That is normal, pain goes away first in recovering nodes, that is a sign that they are manageing the infection. anytime your lymph nodes are swollen in means they are bascally working harder than normal. once everything is cleared out of your system they should steadily go down. if your tonsils remain spotted or enlarged then you would definatly want to have those looked at. once you are on an antibiotic for a few days all of these symtoms should start to go away.

  2. QUESTION:
    Lymph node on neck swollen and painful with a sore throat?
    My lymph node on the left side of my neck is swollen and painful to touch while my right one is just swollen, I've had a sore throat with this, as well as ear pain in both of my ears. I told my mom and she just gave me Tylenol. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      Bla bla bla.

      GO TO THE DOCTOR. I don't mean to scare you, it's just that he's the one who'll have to prescribe the treatment anyway.

  3. QUESTION:
    Why do my lymph nodes in my neck always hurt?
    I have my tonsils out for a long time. years n years ago. Don't know if it is related.

    But anyways from about the time I started college 2 years ago my lymph nodes only in my neck are swollen and painful. You cannot really notice by looking at my neck, but i can definitely feel them. it is not like a killer sunburn pain it is just an annoying dont-let-anything-touch-my-neck-because-i-dont-want-to-be-bugged pain.

    it is painful but not enough to where i burst out into tears or pass out. but what i need to know is what causes lymph nodes to swell. and how do i stop them from hurting.

    i have heard that you can get them from being sick, lack of sleep, poor diet, poor excersize. every "exema" pass-off in the book. What really causes them to swell?

    • ANSWER:
      Infection can cause them to swell and be painful. Sometimes mononucleosis can cause them to be permanently swollen, but not painful. You probably have some sort of low level infection and maybe some allergies. Going to your doctor would be a good idea.

  4. QUESTION:
    Swollen and very painful lymph nodes/glands in neck?
    I've been a bit sick since last Friday, but everything has been pretty handle-able until yesterday when I got a really high fever. I've had a nasty feverish-headache since last Friday, but never actually got the fever until yesterday, when it was awful. I slept terribly last night, obviously sweating out several fevers, and woke this morning with lymph nodes (or maybe just glands) that you can physically see swelling in my neck and that really hurt when I move, talk, and swallow. They're very painful to the touch.

    Could this be serious or is it just that my lymphatic system is having to work extra hard?
    Could I have mumps if I were vaccinated for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like MUMPS to me . Please see your Dr!

  5. QUESTION:
    Swollen lymph nodes in the neck?
    I have an obviously swollen lymph node on the left side of my neck. It's painful to touch and i've got a pretty bad sore throat with it. The last few days I've had a bad stuffy/runny nose as well, and I was wondering if there is possibly an infection or if I'm just being paranoid.
    Also, I haven't had strep throat in about 6 years because I got my tonsils removed.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, I don't really know anything about lymph nodes. But i have a like two or three on my neck that are always feelable (if that makes sense) so i went to the doctor because they kept changing size (getting bigger then getting smaller again). They just said to me they're nothing to worry about unless they just keep getting bigger and bigger. But they also said they'll get bigger if you're ill or something. I have a bad cold/flu thing right now and my lymph nodes have swollen. I don't know if i was any help but i hope i did. :)

  6. QUESTION:
    swollen lymph node under left side of jaw..painful, hurts to move my neck or swallow?
    it started bothering me on Friday evening. i though it was just because i had been crying all day, and that i had to sing at the top of my lungs for a church concert..also the air in my bedroom is usually pretty dry so maybe that has something to do with it? now its Sunday and its hurting worse than it has the whole time. i did some research and it said it might be due to infection, and i did accidentally scratch myself yesterday at work, but that was my right arm, so wouldnt the nodes in my right arm be swollen instead? is this just from a sore throat? The node on the left side of my neck is swollen and extremely painful to touch. i can hardly move my neck sideways and put my head back without it hurting. it hurts when i swallow, and the past few days i havent' had much of an appetite at all..what could this be?

    P.S. my family has a history of tonselitis, could this have something to do with it?

    • ANSWER:
      see Dr. strep throat, abcess tooth, sinus infection

  7. QUESTION:
    Possible Swollen Lymph Node on Right Side of Neck Under Jaw? No Other Symptoms..Help!?
    It is not visibly swollen.
    I can NOT feel it if I touch my neck in a normal or raised position.
    The only way I can feel that its a bit swollen is if I touch my chin to my neck and poke around under my jaw.
    Sometimes it is painful to touch, other times its fine.
    The other side doesn't feel as big.
    Its located on the right side of my neck, under my jaw.

    I'm going in for a physical in 2 days and I will ask about it then.

    I'm terrifyed that it is lymphoma.
    I do not have any other symptoms..no neck pain, no chills, no headaches.
    But I have been sneezy for like a month.

    Please give my your ideas. Thanks.

    P.S. It doesn't seem as swollen today.
    P.S.s. I've been helping my grandmother do yard work a few days out of the month for the past 2 months, if it helps.
    It is not bothersome..the only reason i noticed it was because im going in for a physical in 2 days.
    I noticed it while poking around like 1.5 to 2 months ago..it has NOT grown since then..its actually gotten a bit smaller.

    • ANSWER:
      OK. Maybe it is time to stop poking and prodding and just leave it alone for two days.

      A swollen lymph node on one side of your jaw is more likely to be an abscessed tooth, inner ear infection, allergy, or sinus infection. Since you have been doing yard work for the past two months (good for you!) my guess would be allergy more than anything.

      You might try taking an OTC allergy pill and see if that helps your sneezing. Sudafed is my drug of choice but if you are under 18 you can't buy it. Pharmacies are prohibited. But you could get Sudafed PE, which is "the same without the phedrine". Or you could try one of the other brands like Allerest that will do the same.

      If your symptoms go away, and the swelling goes down, you might not need to go to the doctor at all unless you want to ease your mind about the lymphoma. It is really doubtful though, since the lump is shrinking.

  8. QUESTION:
    Swollen Lymph Node Question! URGENT! Very scared. :/.?
    I'm a 16 year old, very healthy guy. A little less than a week ago I started having pain on the left side of my neck. I checked it out more on the 1st or 2nd day it was causing me trouble. My lymph node appeared to be swollen, about the size of a dime. This was VERY odd, because my lymph nodes have NEVER, EVER, swollen before. I have had very serious illnesses such as staph, and strep almost 10+ times a year during my childhood and early adolescence. But never have my lymph nodes swollen. Not once.
    To make it even more odd, the left side of my actual neck is also swollen. From the bottom to the top by my ear. It almost blends my neck and my jawline together. (Which is very pronounced). Around day 3 or 4 I began noticing more lumps around it, which are painful if touched.
    I went to the ER and the oh-so-educated nurse said it was probably just a little bug, and if it wasn't better in 2 weeks, to check back. I tried telling her this is very odd for me. She barely even touched my neck whatsoever. Just kind looked at me and said to take some tylenol.
    I have NO symptoms of being sick, whatsoever. I have ran low grade fevers every now and again the past 5 days, that haven't went above 99. I was oddly cold on one day, haven't felt that since. And the day of the swelling, I threw up black chunks. Day 1. This is again, VERY, odd for me. I hardly ever throw up.
    So all in all, It is now day 5. I have this very odd swelling of both my neck, AND lymph node. 2-3 other lumps, painful, in my neck. It is very hard to sleep, due to my neck (where its swollen) being in pain after sleeping 1-2 hours. I have to wake up and switch positions. My whole shoulder and neck area is very stiff. Have not experienced any symptoms of an illness which would be harmful enough to make my body react this way. No sniffles. No fevers above 99. Nothing. Threw up once on the day these problems all started. I am very worried, and feel as if nobody believes me when I say something is wrong. I just wanted opinions from other people.
    (As a possible source of something I caught, I began job shadowing at a nursing home on Wednesday last week, problems began Thurs & Fri. I helped with numerous dishes and orders of food. That's the only place I have been in the past week. The rest has been sitting at home.)

    Please, I need someones opinion. Something just doesn't seem right here.

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  9. QUESTION:
    Swollen Lymph Nodes + Headaches + more should I be worried?
    Hi, I am an 18 year old female, and for the past week or so I have been experiencing swelling in my left lymph node, painful to touch, a headache (similar to pressure on top, sides and front), sore eyes (could be due to headache, mostly when i move my eyes its painful), as well as general body aches and fatigue. My neck is also sore, as well as my jaw/ears. Whats wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the stars person. Definitely go to a doctor. I personally think it's a giant sinus infection, but it doesn't matter, you can't leave those types of infections untreated. Bad things can develop. Really.

  10. QUESTION:
    What could be causing painful lumps in groin & armpit & other swollen lymph nodes?
    I am a 27 year old female & I have had a swollen lymph node in my groin for the last year, but the last few months it has been painful even when I do not touch it (it feels like a burning feeling). I also have a lump in my armpit about 1 inch in size that is very painful, and have enlarged lymph nodes in my neck & 1 behind my ear that do not hurt. I had mono 3 years ago for about 6 months. Since then, I had one node in my neck removed and it was benign. I still have lots of mysterious symptoms like small red (pin-point) sized dots appearing here and there on my torso & thighs, abdominal aches when I wake up (feels like did 1000 sit ups when I didn't), and lots of headaches. I had blood tests done 1 year ago and nothing alarming was found. What could be going on? I know there is no infection in my body because after numerous Rx's to try to calm the nodes, the medications have had no effect on them. I have never had an STD, am HIV negative, always clean pap tests, etc. I am so confused and am just wondering if anyone else has had similar symptoms or could point me in a helpful direction. My doctor & gyno keep saying I am fine, no more blood tests are needed and that sometimes nodes stay swollen forever and not to worry...? That seems more like an 'I don't know' answer and I'm just not sure that nothing is wrong. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      How can they tell you NOT TO worry?! Have they even Biopsied any of the Nodes? If the answer is no, you should request it. There is Obvioulsy something wrong, and you shouldn't sit there and let them tell you that. Tell them you want more test, or a Cat Scan, or an MRI..there is something "In There", that is not right.

  11. QUESTION:
    Keep getting swollen lymph nodes?
    I first discovered my swollen nodes when I noticed my jaw and under my chin were painful to touch. I found a cluster of painful lumps buried right under the skin, they stayed for a while.. Say 2-4 days. Since I have been getting more and more.
    I was diagnosed with Strep throat, I had very swollen nodes around my neck.. I was given Penicillin for it.
    The infection got worse and developed into a very heavy and nasty cold, we thought I had Pneumonia. I was unable to continue taking Penicillin.. Since I have been getting sore throats that come and go, and they seem to stay in one area of my throat. Whilst I was recovering I developed a small swollen non painful node under my armpit. I have 2 in my groin area, for as long as I have known they have been there for ages and have never gone down, nor been painful

    I've since got more swollen nodes, I've got a few none painful ones in my neck.. & Now I have a very painful one under my armpit. I'm guessing it could be the left overs of an infection, tho my sore throat has not returned for 3 weeks..
    I guess its likely to be some kind of infection.. I've herd of lymph nodes with Leukaemia? So I'm worried about that, perhaps a disease affecting my immune system?
    Any ideas would be really appreciated. I'm heading to my GP tomorrow to book an appointment but the anticipation is killing me.
    Thank you very much.

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  12. QUESTION:
    Sore throat and swollen lymph node?
    Today I woke up and when I swollow, my throat feels sore and swollen on the left side.
    Plus, on my left side, the lymph node in my neck is swollen and sore to the touch- and the swollen and painful lymph node has started in the past hour.

    PS When I was 7, I had my tonsils removed.

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      The lymphatic system is there to defend the us against disease by producing lymphocytes (white blood cells that fight infection).

      Lymph nodes are enlarged when we have an infection due to enhanced production of some cells and division of activated T and B cells. (T and B cells are part of the lymphatic system, they are produced in the bone marrow and mature in the thymus gland).

      There are a lot of nodes in the head and neck, your ex-tonsils were part of a ring of lymph nodes thought to to defend the pharynx of the very young.

      You probably have a viral (no treatment, it will clear up) or a bacterial (antibiotics will work) infection.

      Drink plenty, take soluble tylenol or ibuprofen, eat what you can. Rest and spoil yourself.
      There are sprays and lozenges available at pharmacies that contin a small amount of local anaesthetic if your sore throat gets very bad.
      See your doctor if you have a high temperature, feel worse or have difficulty in swallowing.

  13. QUESTION:
    swollen lymph nodes ?
    ok so for the 2 yrs my husband has been having problems with his throat and neck as well as swollen lymph nodes on one side of his neck, he's not a druggy nor achoholic just a regular guy, he's been to several specialist over this course of time and has been told by each one a different thing ranging from asthma which the gave him an inhaler and nebulizer, acid reflux, allergies, stress, ect one 'specialist' actually told him it was all in his head! he's had several blood test done including HIV which we knew he didnt have anyway, and 1 ultra sound on the lymph nodes which they found were very swollen and was told they 'could be' from an infection they said they could do a biopsy on the lymph nodes but didnt see cause for it, he's had CT scan, barium swallow, x-rays ect... oh yeah and he had his tonsils removed last yr, so recently he saw yet another ENT who put him another round of antibiotics and anti-inflamatorys, he has taken several rounds of different kinds, none have worked neither have the antihistamines, allergy pill, nose sprays, throat sprays, you name it they have tried it with no success. his primary doctor says at the apt last week that his throat is very inflamed, there is fluid in his ear but no ear infection and lymph nodes still swollen and painfull to touch so she sent him off for another round of blood work for everything they possibly can, i just dont get what could be going on with him or why they cant figure it out after all this time his symptoms are obviously swollen lymph nodes, headaches, painful to touch the right side his head, throat pain, fluid in ear, dizziness, body aches, fatigue & severe night sweats. any idea's on what may be going on would be great cuz as of now nobody seems to know
    also they have checked his thyroid 2 times already one was just test recently, he's been to several ENT specialist and just went to his primary doctor last week. we are waiting on results from his recent blood work.

    • ANSWER:
      The infection/inflammation in his throat is the likely cause of the enlarged lymph nodes.
      The only way to rule out a lymphoma would be to biopsy one of these nodes.
      Making a clear diagnosis and successfully treating the throat infection would seem the
      more important medical management. Repeat throat cultures / different antibiotic regimen.

  14. QUESTION:
    Swollen lymph nodes in neck?
    For about a little over a week, the lymph nodes in the left side of my neck near my trachea have been swollen and goes up some days and down. It's movable and feels like rubber when I touch it.

    I've seen a doctor for this and she said it's most likely a viral infection but the thing is she didn't do any type of test or scans, she only felt it with her finger. I also don't remember having a cold and I don't have any bacterial infection or mono or fevers, etc.

    Also, when I first noticed something was up, the night before the swelling, I felt like whenever I swallowed the left side of my throat was numb not painful and I mean like I couldn't feel the left side of my swallowing muscles whenever I swallow anything (liquids & solids). It feels weird. It became sore and tender later on in the week.

    My first question is why couldn't I feel my swallowing muscles on the left side before it got swollen.

    2nd: How long will it take to go down? And how could the doctor be so sure without running any tests?

    3rd: How can it swell when I don't even recall having a cold?

    I feel all sorts of weird things in my left side that I feel but I have no idea if they're supposed to be there or not. I'm really concerned it can be something serious like lymphoma or like a tumor in my neck/throat. I've had it for like 7-9 days now...really worried. :( Please help.

    Please give me some suggestions, it will be greatly appreciated. Good shall come your way! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If you still have your tonsils, they can swell up with stuff that they collect from time to time. That's their job - to keep stuff out of your body. It's a good idea to gargle with a very small amount of warm salt water (only about a teaspoon per 8 oz. of water) after you brush your teeth to keep your tonsils clean. It might take a few days before you notice any relief. If they still bother you, go to an ear, nose and throat doctor and ask them if they need to be cleaned out, then keep them clean by gargling.

      Do some research on tonsils so you can see what the anatomy is, and how they work.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the most common causes of swollen lymph nodes in the neck?
    The glands in my neck directly beneath my ears have been very swollen and incredibly painful for a few days now. I can barely touch them without them hurting. Someone suggested that I go to urgent care since my doctor cant see me for a few days. Is there anything that can be done about it without drawing blood or having other tests done? Also, what could the cause be? I read that rheumatoid arthritis can be a cause, and I am seeing a rheumatologist this week in regards to that. Is that a common cause or is it something that I shouldnt worry about? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      the only cause of swollen lymph nodes is an infection. I had really painfully swollen ones when i strep throat.

  16. QUESTION:
    Two swollen lymph nodes in neck?
    I've been having headaches lately, but its not the conventional headache. It can best be described as a little man living in my head who uses his mallet to beat against my skull. Sometimes he'll bang, and when he does, my body starts to feel weaker and my forehead burns up temporarily. But when he doesn't, I feel fine. I think I may have a bacterial infection.
    I didn't have the second swollen lymph node until this morning. They're both very small but they're both very painful even when I'm not touching them. Sometimes I feel like I want to puke but other times I feel fine... It's confusing.
    Should I consult the doctor for antibiotics etc.? Or should I let the infection fight off itself?

    • ANSWER:
      Tender painful and swollen lymph nodes mean that your body is trying to fight off an infection. From your description, I think you should see a doctor.

  17. QUESTION:
    swollen lymph nodes bad?
    Ok so I have 2 swollen lymph nodes. One with pain and one without. A couple months ago I had pain in my lymphnode by my ear. I didn't notice it was swollen and painful until I touched my face around that area and it was tender and hurt. The swelling went down some and the pain went away. This has happened to me twice. The swelling never goes down all the way but the pain does.last week my neck began to hurt and the left side of my throat got swollen. It hurt bad and sometimes it still hurts a little. I went to the doctor yesterday and he told me I had allergies. He gave me claritin and asked me to see a ENT. Well now I'm affraid because the first node never went down all the way and feels like cartilidge and now I have another swollen gland. I have had 2 abscesses on the left side of my throat a its much more sensative then the right side. I am a chronic sufferfer of throat infections. And I swear my left boob hurts and under my arm but idk if its stress...why would one stay swollen for a couple months...why does it hurt sometimes and swell and then go back down but feel a little hard? Can allergies cause this? I have to see the ENT to get my tonsils taken out. PS I'm only 27. And I don't have any infections.

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  18. QUESTION:
    Painful lymph node in neck...?
    About 3 months ago a lymph node a bit under my jaw got really swollen and was just uncomfortable... So I went to the doctor and he told me I had tonsillitis in one of my tonsils and it was draining into that lymph node... I got medicine for it and it went away within a week. About a month later, it came back, but not quite as bad. I figured it was the same tonsil problem and didn't do anything... It went away eventually, but came back again about a month later again. It's never been that painful other than my throat being sore and my lymph node just swelling up and getting uncomfortable... I haven't been sick or anything, it's just kind of come out of nowhere every time.

    Now the lymph node is slightly swollen and hard and hurts a ton, but only when I touch it, and my throat isn't sore... I haven't gone back to the doctor because I've been in Hawaii for about 3 months and I don't really have extra money to spend to go to a doctor anyway. Is there anything I can do? Should I just suck it up and wait it out or go to a doctor...?

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  19. QUESTION:
    Lymph Node in my neck in pain when I touch it.?
    When I touch the lymph node that is where my neck meets my jaw, almost right in the center of my neck, right next to my esophagus (I think) and slightly to the left (my left), it feels pretty painful. Is this simply because it's swollen, or because it's right next to my esophagus?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes sounds like it is swollen. If you haven't had a cold or other infection lately, then your body may be currently trying to fight one off. This is a normal immune response. Nothing to worry about unless it stays there longer than a couple of weeks for no apparent reason, if that becomes the case then consult your doctor for a checkup.

  20. QUESTION:
    Painful swollen glands on my neck??
    A week ago I had a urinary tract infection then last Sunday I started to get body aches, sweating, headaches, and dizziness. I had a fever Monday morning I woke up and it hurt for me to swall like the glands in my mouth are so swollen I have to chew a lot just to let food past, but it still hurts. Then I realize the lymph nodes on the bottom of my jaw beginning of neck are really swollen and hurt to touch that even all my neck hurts. what's wrong. Duz it have to do with my uti

    • ANSWER:
      No. It's related to sinus infection.

  21. QUESTION:
    Swollen lymph nodes, please help?
    For about a little over a week, the lymph nodes in the left side of my neck near my trachea have been swollen and goes up some days and down. It's movable and feels like rubber when I touch it.

    I've seen a doctor for this and she said it's most likely a viral infection but the thing is she didn't do any type of test or scans, she only felt it with her finger. I also don't remember having a cold and I don't have any bacterial infection or mono or fevers, etc.

    Also, when I first noticed something was up, the night before the swelling, I felt like whenever I swallowed the left side of my throat was numb not painful and I mean like I couldn't feel the left side of my swallowing muscles whenever I swallow anything (liquids & solids). It feels weird. It became sore and tender later on in the week.

    My first question is why couldn't I feel my swallowing muscles on the left side before it got swollen.

    2nd: How long will it take to go down? And how could the doctor be so sure without running any tests?

    3rd: How can it swell when I don't even recall having a cold?

    Please give me some suggestions, it will be greatly appreciated. Good shall come your way! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Having an infection does not necessarily mean you needed to have a cold. You obviously know something is going on as you have a sore throat. The doctor knows as this is pretty basic stuff and there are no tests to run for a viral infection. Just let it run its course.

  22. QUESTION:
    Tired, achy, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, what could I have?
    So for the past 5 days or so I have noticed that the lymph nodes on my neck have been swollen, mainly the one on my left side. They are a bit tender to the touch. I have also started to get a slight sore throat; Its not a bad one, just a tad bit painful. Ive also felt achy all over, but mainly in my neck and shoulders. Lastly I've felt quite tired. Just moving around the house will get me tired enough to want to lie down.

    I don't have a runny nose or a cough. I was also at the doctors a couple days ago for my yearly check up and he did a test for strep throat, which was negative, so it not that.

    I am just not sure what I have, I've never had a sickness like this before. I want to figure it out before I go back to college on Saturday.
    Another thing I thought I should say is that I have no fever, and I also do not have a loss of appetite which are some of the symptoms of mono, could it still be that?

    • ANSWER:
      Then it could be mono or perhaps you're starting to get tonsillitis.

  23. QUESTION:
    Paranoia can you help me?
    Ok so my paranoia is a lil relieved because I've been tested recently for pretty much everything, HIV included, and everything came back normal and negative, I waited about 7-8 months after any possible contamination of any kind to get tested ...however, i continue to have A LOT of what feels like swollen lymph nodes that are painful to touch in the neck region :- could the tests be wrong?? What's going on?????

    • ANSWER:
      At this time of year there are lots of flu/cold viruses going around. Swollen glands will probably just be related to these. If you feel well make the most of it. Because you can make yourself beleive anything if you obsess about it, so if you think you are ill you will feel like you are. Like you say all your tests have come back negative so your fine.
      Be thank ful each day that you have your health, because if one day you ever dont you will regret obsessing about an illness you never even had. Good luck...

  24. QUESTION:
    One soft lymph node under chin? Should I worry?
    I think I have a soft lymph node in the middle of the area under my chin. It's maybe about a centimeter in size at most, although it's considerably more noticeable if I extend my neck so that I'm looking upward. It's not painful; I wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't happened to touch my neck in that area.

    I'm healthy, but I think I've always had at least one feel-able lymph node under my chin for as long as I can remember. But then, it's not like I feel my neck every day, so maybe the lymph nodes weren't swollen as often as I think? :P

    Should I be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      its not a lymph node, its the sublingual gland, which secretes saliva into the mouth, check it out on the internet, its just under the chin as you say. theres no lymph nodes in this area. dont worry about it, its larger on some people then others, but if it balloons you could have a block sublingual duct, which would cause this gland to increase in size, please consult a GP though.

  25. QUESTION:
    Non-swollen lymph node near left collar bone?
    Today, by chance, I just ran my hand down my collar bone and felt a small (less than the size of a pea), VERY movable bump over my left collar bone. When I touch it, it seems to move back behind the bone where I can no longer feel it. Then, if I leave it alone for awhile, it sort of slides back over where I can feel it again.

    It is small, moveable, non-painful, not swollen, and to be honest, it could be a lymph node that's just been there forever and I never noticed it. I have other lymph nodes close to the skin in my neck that I can feel all the time. My doctor said some people have them closer to the surface than others.

    Of course, looking simple things up on the internet often results in horror stories. I'm just looking to see if anyone else has this type of thing going on.

    Thanks

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  26. QUESTION:
    Can a sprained neck cause swollen occipital and posterior cervical lymph nodes?
    I didn't quite sprain my neck really, I was sitting leaning over my guitar at my band's first practice for about 6 hours with a few breaks. We routinely played 12-15 minute songs while the entire time I was dropping my head over the fretboard bending my neck (like a fool) for long periods of time.

    The following week (last week) I started getting a dry throat and neck pain, and my shoulders are definitely muscularly sore. However, I kept prodding at my neck and found four bumps on either side of my spine on the back of my neck and just below my skull that feel somewhat moveable, are painful to the touch with some pressure (i.e. tender), and feel defined, round, and kind of rubbery/hard. They are both about the size of my index fingertip so ~1cm or so I believe.

    My question is, is it possible my prodding and the mild neck/upper back muscular strain caused their enlargement and tenderness?

    I have to wait exactly one month to see my PCP at the moment, and I'm afraid he's just going to write me off like he's incredibly good at doing. I will try to find an ENT in the meantime.

    I'm 24 male, recently quit smoking, had a cold, flu, and sinus infection during early February which was some time ago and had been feeling fine up until 2 weeks ago.
    The dry throat has since subsided almost entirely.
    Mild headache and pain at the back of my neck are the only symptoms.
    FlavorCat, you made me thing of something... perhaps what I think are posterior cervical glands are actually ligaments... hmm. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Short answer, yes.

      Long answer, it's possible, but hard to do. Swelling from injury is common, but based on the location of the nodes, it's unlikely to happen in usual day-to-day activity. If they're hard and rubbery, and it IS the lymph nodes (as opposed to tumorous growths, which is even less likely but still possible), its probably due to injury and swelling. Rest your head back for a few days and see if it improves. Keep moving it, but don't stress and flex it.

  27. QUESTION:
    What could be the reason for swollen lymph nodes?
    I am making a doctor's appointment for this next week but I was just wondering what I might expect to hear when I go in. I noticed a lump on the left side of my neck a couple months ago, which I believe is my thyroid gland. It is not tender or painful to touch and it does not ache. It is about the size of a nickel and feels rubbery; I can move it around a little bit. It has stayed the same size since I first noticed it. I recently found a lump on the right side of my neck above my collarbone, which I believe is my supraclavicular node. This one is just like the first; same size, painless and rubbery. I do not feel like I am sick. Does anyone know what this might be caused by?

    • ANSWER:
      If they're symmetrical and tender, it means that your lymph nodes are fighting off infection. I'm not sure what the issue is if you're not sick and their not tender. Good thing you're going to a doctor to check it out.

  28. QUESTION:
    Painful lymph swelling all over body?
    Since my lump (benign) was removed from my right breast on Monday the 16th, I have been experiencing more and more swelling and pain. My lymph nodes in my arm pit on the surgery side were the first to swell so much so I cannot let my arm rest at my side or it will touch them and they hurt so bad. Then the lymph node on top of my shoulder swelled up so much so you can see it clearly with your naked eye, and then the ones up my neck and under my jaw swelled up too causing me great pain when I open my mouth to eat or even to talk. From there, the pain and swelling went all over my body. I went to the ER and they said the incision didn't look infected so I must just be getting sick, but I have never ever been sick like this in my life. If I get a flu I get the aches for a day, no more, then I get other symptoms for the rest of the illness. This is just aches all over, and swollen bumps, and nothing else. I am in agony and the doctors won't do anything! HELP! Every day is a living hell of pain.
    The ER doc was the second doc I saw about this, the first one was a random night clinic doctor who agreed it seemed to indicate an infection, but he said I should really try to see the surgeon for treatment, so the next day I tried and he wasn't available so had to go to ER where they ignored me . . .

    • ANSWER:
      You should try seeing another doctor dont just to stay with this pain it could be serious

  29. QUESTION:
    Multiple lumps on neck, what could this be?
    A few weeks ago, I noticed 2 hard, pea-sized lumps on the right side of my neck, that were painful to touch, a few inches below my ear. Now there are at least 10, all varying in size, some still pea-sized, some like grapes, all hard, and still, painful to touch. I am also suffering from very severe migraines and nausea. I have done some searching on the internet, will these be swollen lymph nodes, or are they something else? And should I possibly get them checked out by my GP? I haven't got acne, but could this be of any relevance?

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  30. QUESTION:
    Swollen lymph node in groin (please help!)?
    1. Alright, so I'm 19, not sexually active, etc. I have a swollen lymph node (a little bigger than a pea) on my groin, which is fairly painful to the touch. (I've heard this type is typically non-cancerous.)

    2. Also, I somehow tore a blister or something about 3 inches away from where the node is and I've heard that can cause nodes to swell.

    3. But I'm really worried. I got tested for lymphoma in March (apparently fairly unnecessarily) for a node in my neck. But it turned out to be a light cause of mono, and when I was tested again a month later it was gone. I've heard mono and lymphoma are connected.

    What do you think??? I really don't want to see a doc if I don't have too, and I'm starting to feel like the hypochondriac who cried wolf!!
    Oh yeah, I'm totally not embarrassed. I just don't want to go to the doctor because I went constantly during March, and I don't know if I can go through that again. I have my physical in late July and I was hoping I could just wait until then.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear ASKER - You are correct with your #2 possibility. The lymph glands (nodes) in the groin receive and filter lymph from the entire lower extremity (leg). So, if you have a swollen groin (inguinal or femoral) lymph node, it is most likely to relate to any infection in the entire leg on that same side, all the way from your toe to the blister. No need now to worry about lymphoma.

  31. QUESTION:
    i have a swollen lymph node and im getting a popping feeling in my ear?
    hi i have a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck. the lymph node is causing my ear to get this painful popping feeling. i also have a headache and that also has the same popping feeling as my ear. i had an aura seizure yesterday around 2 in the morning. when i woke up i had the swollen lymph node and that started to hurt more later in the day . this morning when i woke up i still had the swollen lymph node but my ear started to get this painful popping feeling and a headache with the same painful popping feeling.i also have a wisdom tooth that is coming in too and it hurts. the right side of my face is tender to the touch. can somebody please give me so info please and thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like your wisdom tooth has caused swelling in the side of your face as well as the lymph node. This is normal. You may want to see your dentist to get a prescription for some antibiotic to minimize any infection that may also be present. Best wishes.

  32. QUESTION:
    Swollen Lymph Node or Muscle Knot?
    Have had what feels like a bump in the back right side of my neck for a week or two now. Sometimes when I turn my head I have a little pain and the bump is a little painful to the touch (more sensitive then really hurting though) I don't know if it is just a muscle knot or a swollen lymph node. Not sure what the differences are in how each would feel.
    The area is right side of neck, a few inches back from bottom of right ear

    • ANSWER:
      Only a doctor can tell for sure. Given the location, it's likely a lymph node. Your nodes often swell up when you have a virus or infection and a sore lymph node often indicates infection or virus.

      I would wait a few days and see if it goes down. If it doesn't go down on it's own or if it starts getting bigger, I would see a doctor just to be safe. I really think it will turn out to be nothing, or at worst you may need an antibiotic.

  33. QUESTION:
    armpit lymph node swollen for about 3 months?
    it all begin exactly 3 months before i had a flu in which my right nasal passage was obstructed so the flu was flowing from the left then i noticed one day all of a sudden my right armpit lymph node was swollen and so was the right neckside node i checked it with a doctor approx a month later he told me not to worry that i had sinusitus which caused these nodes to swell he gave me two syrups bludol ibuprofen and cesf he said that it would vanish but it didnt so i get it checked after 10 days he said i was alright now the neck node is normal but the armpit node is swollen it has not increased nor decreased in this time its not painful but when i touch it it does pain and sometimes it is painful of its own i had no fever no night time sweats nothing out of order ever since it appeared but it is not going anywhere and it has been 3 months i am concerned about it i dont have mono nor do i have cat scratch i am 17 years old kindly suggest me something suitable as the doctor said i am alright but the swelling is still there but he didnt took any tests

    • ANSWER:
      Lymph nodes are tricky little things. Because every person has different reactions and levels of swelling in them.

      They can often remain swollen for long periods. Espeically if you touch them and mess with them alot. In some people lymph nodes remain permently swollen. If you doc told you not to worry, I see no reason to let it upset you. Just keep a eye on it every now and then and make sure they are not getting any bigger.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why is this swollen lymph node hurting so bad? Could it be something worse then just a swollen lymph node?
    I have had this swollen lymph node behind my right ear for little over a week now. It is hard hard hard like a bone and is very painful to the touch. I am not sick in anyway and I cannot figure out why it is so hard and so painful. ANDD why it is still there. Also, tonight I have noticed that I cannot even lay my head down on my pillow on that side. Also, if you follow that spot up into the head there is a spot above my ear (like in my hair) that is very painful as well. My neck hurts too. I understand that it is all connected but this is just too much. I doubt I will be able to sleep tongiht. Does anyone have any advice???

    • ANSWER:
      yes it could be a sign of a infection, i would go to the ER right away, i have had two jaw infections, if you don't want to go to the ER call your doctor office right away first thing in the morning, trust me i ended up needing powerful anti-biotics and pain medications. try other pain medications to reduce the swelling!
      if it hasn't gotten better by now go to the hospital and get it checked out i have no other ideas before the sign of infection hits you
      good luck

  35. QUESTION:
    I have a swollen lymph node..?
    About a week ago, I recovered from a very bad flu (except sneezing). I have bad asthma but I'm quite fit(ish) :)

    Anyway I have a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck, it's huge and you can see it just by looking at me face on. It's very painful. It's hard to the touch and it is painful to swallow or yawn. It has dramatically increased in size. I have been prescribed a high dose of antibiotics, and have been taking them for about 1 week. My only other symptom is that I am tired and have a minor aching back.

    I'm 18. My doctor did a test for glandular fever test which came back negative, any ideas what I could have?

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  36. QUESTION:
    I discovered a swollen lymph node under my right armpit today. What could it be?
    Over the past couple of weeks, I have had a stiff neck, headaches, slight fevers on and off, a sore throat as of today, and this morning I discovered a swollen lymph node in my armpit. The lump is slightly larger than the size of a pea and it is not painful but is tender to the touch. Has anyone experienced anything similar to this or have any knowledge of it so as to suggest to me what medical problem this could possibly be? My health insurance kicks in April 1st so I can't go to a doctor until after then. I am worried, and would like to get some feedback regarding what the problem could be. Thanks for your input.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not a doctor, but I have experience with this problem, here's my take:

      What others have said so far is true, and if the swelling/pain gets more severe or if you get other symptoms, please go see a doctor at a free clinic (not optimal, I know) or shell out a bit of money for a regular doctor visit. I don't think you need to go to urgent care or anything drastic.

      But you should also keep in mind a very common reason for swollen glands/nodes in your armpit is deodorant. Deodorant can clog your pores/glands. I have had the EXACT same thing as you twice in my life. I visited a doctor the first time and he said to avoid deodorant in that arm for a few days, also AVOID PICKING AT IT OR SQUEEZING IT, soak in warm, clean water and it would clear up on its own. Both times I got this, I followed my doctor's advice and it went away on its own within a week.

      I've noticed that every time I over-apply regular deodorant, within a couple weeks I get a swollen gland again. I switched to a more natural deodorant that contains NO ALUMINUM and for 2 years I have had no problems. Natural products are always the best way to go.

      But if you want to stick to regular deodorant, make sure you wash your armpits every day (try to avoid harsh cleaners, mild soap and warm water should be fine) and if you shave, do not apply any cleansers or deodorant immediately afterwards...wait a few hours for any small cuts to close. I tend to shower at night and apply deodorant in the morning. If you exercise, make sure you wash your armpit before re-applying more deodorant. If you put deodorant on a dirty, sweaty armpit, it just traps the dirt/bacteria there.

      If you aren't going to see a doctor right away, do your best to keep the area clean, soak it in warm water, avoid deodorant in that arm for a few days to a week and see if that helps at all. And remeber, as tempting as it may be, don't irritate it by squeezing/pinching/otherwise touching the area.

      One last thing: it is common for these to carry infection, and in that case a doctor would want you on antibiotics. Fortunately mine weren't infected. If you've been sick, you may have a bacterial infection there, and medicine would definitely help fight it faster.

      Definitely make an appt with your doctor as close to April 1st as you can. If your condition gets better by then, it may be wise just to go ask your doctor what he/she thinks caused it and how to avoid it in the future. And because sometimes (but rarely) these can be a sign of something more serious...better to check on it early than wait for another flare-up down the road.

  37. QUESTION:
    Small Painful Lump on neck/collar area?
    For the past week or so, I've been having a "pain in my neck". Just today, I went to rub the area that was sore and was terrified to find a pea/marble sized lump just above my clavicle (collar bone). It's very tender to the touch and isn't super mobile. It floats a small bit if I push it around. My son has had swollen lymph nodes before, however, they were up much further on his neck that this.

    I have an infected wisdom tooth that I'm waiting to have removed, and I'm wondering if it may be caused by that, or if it may be something more serious.

    Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Well when lymph nodes are cancerous they are almost never painful. When they are reacting to some infection they ussaly are painful. So there is good chance its from your wisdom teeth or some other infection you may not even be aware of.

      As you probably know from reading online, that area of your body can sometimes be suspicious. But for now its almost certainly nothing to worry about. Just keep an eye on it and if it grows you should have it checked out.

  38. QUESTION:
    Rashes and tingling and swollen glands ?
    I was orally raped about a year ago, but the idea of STDS never really bothered me, until I stumbled on a website with a list of the symptoms of HIV.
    One of the symptoms was swollen Lymph nodes. I have one on the side of my neck that's been as swollen for as long as I can remember, but it's not painful to touch, it's just a little bump I can only feel when I turn my neck far to the side and poke around. Are swollen lymph nodes supposed to be painful? Could this just be a weird bump on me that's not dangerous?

    Second, other symptoms were rashes and tingling/numbness. Way way back in October or November, my face turned bright red and rashy and hot, and then a bit later most of my body. It was gone the next day, but then while I was at school in a class, if I moved too much my lower back would start to painfully tingle. What could be the cause of the rash and the tingling?

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  39. QUESTION:
    question about sore throat and swollen glands?
    ok, so I've had a sore throat for three days now, and today i woke up and in addition to the sore throat, lymph nodes on both sides of my neck were slightly swollen/painful to the touch. In addition, I have a feeling of congestion/clogging in my right ear that developed today as well. Any ideas on what specific conditions could be causing these symptoms? Should I worry about a more serious underlying condition? I don't smoke/drink/take drugs/chew tobacco, am not promiscuous etc etc.

    • ANSWER:
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      Since it has gotten to this point, you should probably see a doctor. However, if it was me, I would mix a whole slew of raw, hot sprouts and veggies into a little tomato sauce and eat a tablespoon or two every hour.

      The best ones that I have discovered are (all fresh and raw):
      chili pepper, garlic, onion, sunflower sprouts, radish sprouts, mustard seeds / sprouts. Each contains good antimicrobials, and the chlorophyll in the green sprouts cleans the blood better than anything.
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  40. QUESTION:
    Small bump right next to earlobe and stiff neck, possible lymph node swelling???
    I am a 26-year-old female and have always been healthy. Yesterday while I was working on my computer, I suddenly developed a small bump right next to my left earlobe. I think it's in the preauricular lymph node area (I work in the medical field). It was very painful to touch and I think it moved a bit when I pressed on it. When I woke up this morning, it was still there, but had gone down a little, but now the back of my head on the left side, my jaw, and the left side of my neck feel a bit stiff and tight. I still have a bit of the swelling next to my left earlobe, but it has decreased a bit since last night. My right side is completely normal and unaffected. I scheduled a doctor's appointment this morning, but they can't see me for almost 2 weeks. Any ideas what this might be? It happened completely out of the blue and I feel totally fine otherwise with no other signs or symptoms other than this. I am pretty worried about this and it's causing me great anxiety and worry

    • ANSWER:
      Hey, you should not be too worried. Back in February the same thing happened to me. I had a big bump behind my ear, like you, and the lymph node under my jaw was very swollen. It turned out that I just had a cold and that they slowly got back to normal size within a few days to a week. I never went to the doctor and it just cleared up on its own. If you are still feeling worried, by all means go to the doctor, but I'm pretty sure that it is nothing serious and just your body's natural reaction to some types of sinal or cold diseases. So relax, because stress can lower your immune system. If you have no other symptoms then your body may still be in the early stages of the cold, you could take some zinc tablets that you can buy at like CVS, which help to reduce the severity and amount of time a cold type sickness lasts. Good luck, and I hope that you feel better.

  41. QUESTION:
    Painful glands under jaw area // difficulty swallowing?
    I started getting this swollen lymph node under the right side of my jaw. Iv'e seen over 10 specialists, done multiple blood tests, endoscopy, cat scan, MRI, and they just got the MRI results back. 1. Tiny round lesion in the left parotid gland, that could be compatible with small intrapartid lymph nodes. 2. Mild cervical lymphadenopathy, not pathologic by size criteria.3. No evidence for neck mass. It is very very painful when I touch it, and it just hurts a lot. I've also been getting dizzy/lightheaded. What could this be? They said it doesn't look malignant but they want to get a biopsy to be sure this week. It's just so painful I don't know what else this could be. Will I have to have my lymph node removed or is there a medication to fix this? I'm 18 year old male.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont know - but you know the first thing that sprung to my mind when i read this. "its his mobile fone"

      im probly just being stupid. you never know. good luck x

  42. QUESTION:
    How long is "normal" to recover from a strep throat infection for a healthy adult?
    I am a 35 year old healthy adult woman. On Tuesday I woke up with a sore throat. By 4:30 I was in bed with a fever, chills, body aches, and the worst sore throat ever! (FYI - I don't have tonsils) My lymph nodes in my neck are all very swollen and tender to the touch. I was completely miserable and in a lot of pain. Wednesday, I went to the doctor. He said I probably had a strep infection, and did a culture to be sure. He put me on 500mg of Amoxicillian every 8 hours. That was over 24 hours ago. My throat is KILLING me and my lymph nodes are still very swollen and painful. I've been popping 800mg Motrin and Darvocet for pain...but neither is giving me much relief. Should I be worried? How much longer am I going to have to suffer???

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I'm not an adult, but I had a strep throat infection that lasted from 2-4 days.

      Yours should not exceed 5 days, because step throats rarely do. Otherwise, your infection is somewhat severe.

  43. QUESTION:
    Swollen neck/glands, and difficulty in swallowing?
    I apologise for all these curiosity questions, but never have something as bad as this occur to me before.

    Anyways, I was checking my throat out to see if anything had changed and the same with my neck. I have noticed my throat is still red, and I still have red dots on the roof of my mouth and on/above my uvula. However, I have them on the inside of my cheeks too.. Next to my uvula (the dangle bit in the throat) it is inflamed and a deep red/purple colour, with strips of white patches next to them.

    I checked over my neck and tongue too, and have definitely noticed that underneath my tongue I cannot touch as it's so painful. My actual tongue underneath, I'm thinking the salivary glands are swollen? The blue coloured vessels are definitely larger and painful, as is the area where the tongue lies in. Anyways, my neck is still swollen, and I checked the lymph nodes? And when pressed on they were hard and too extremely tender? And I am having a lot of pain in them. I've also noticed, at the type of my neck where it's swollen there's a hard lump there?

    I'm also getting headaches, nausea, and ear pain alongside all this. I'm shaking badly, and have chills, my head is pretty hot to the touch. My swallowing is becoming hesitant and having to gulp a few times before I swallow anything, it's difficult and hurts when swallowing. I don't understand why my neck, underneath my tongue and under my chin are swollen.

    My problem is, I have an important qualification where I have to go camping overnight, walking for miles.. basically a survival test. But I don't think I can handle much with this. Last night was horrendous, and my breathing changed and became shallow. I've been told about strep, but why are my lymph nodes tender and my salivary glands swollen? Is it worth missing out this qualification, to get this treated?

    Thanks!
    I've also noticed, at the TOP** of my neck...
    Forgot, any movement that involves my mouth I have really bad pain because of the swelling...

    • ANSWER:
      You have tight neck muscles causing these problems. Tight neck muscles press into your throat to make it sore and press in with enough pressure to trap your tongue muscle to make it hard to swallow and for the saliva glands to work. They would not be allowing the blood out of your tongue to make it swollen. The glands you felt under you neck are probably neck muscles because the neck muscles go to the jaw as well. Your neck muscles go to the top of your head where they connect to muscles going around your head. When the neck muscles are tight they pull the head muscles into pain and that's your headache. Freeing up your neck muscles will give you relief for these pains and here's how to free them up:
      Neck
      Put your hands alongside your head so your thumbs are on the front of the muscle under your ear and your fingers are on the back of the muscle behind your neck. Squeeze your thumb and fingers together and hold. Relax your body. After about 30 to 45 seconds, when you don’t feel the muscles releasing any longer, slowly lower your head as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your neck lowered for another 30 seconds.
      For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  44. QUESTION:
    Hard lump on the back of my neck... something simple or should I be worried?
    In October, I noticed a lump on the back of my neck. It didn't hurt and it was pretty small so I told my mom and the sort of disregarded it. Around January, I began having some neck pain. The lump is on the back of my neck and nearly right against my cervical vertebrae more towards the right side. Ever since then, it's gotten more and more painful. I saw a neurosurgeon and he said it was just a bone. We weren't convinced so I saw a regular neurologist, who did MRIs of my brain, cervical spine and soft tissue neck. He didn't directly give us the results yet but my mother's friend, who works with the doctor, told us that the doctor told her it was a lymph node.

    My question is, don't swollen lymph nodes go away within a few weeks? This has been here for 6 months now and has grown larger instead of going away. I have severe headaches and get dizzy from time to time and numbness in my hands and feet sometimes when it's bad. I also get consistant low grade fevers and I seem short of breath a lot. I'm also anemic and from about October to January, I lost about 20-30 pounds. My doctor does not know about the fevers, dyspnea and weight loss because my mom figured it was unimportant to tell him. The lump is hard, growing larger, a little tender to the touch but the area surrounding it is painful and I get bad neck pain and it's not movable.

    We'll probably go see him next week so he can tell us the results directly but could the lump really just be a lymph node?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you need to get a biopsy. You could have lymphoma.

  45. QUESTION:
    GERD? Head & Neck Cancer? Please Help!?
    Sorry if this seems lengthy but I need some feedback! 4 weeks ago, I was fine and in good health. I make it a point to visit my doctor regularly b/c I do suffer from OCD, anxiety, and I can be a bit of a hyperchondriac.

    My problems all started 3 weeks ago when I ate some spicy food. I had burning in my chest and throat. I was told it was probably acid reflux and was given Prilosec. All of the symptoms went away on day 2 of taking Prilosec and I was OK until day 4. By then, I had this tightness feeling around my neck and my jaw hurt. I went to an E.N.T. and he said I had a TMJ problem and prescribed 40mg of prednisone for 3 days.

    Well, on day 2, the tightness went away, jaw pain went away but I started having serious pains from the back of my neck to my back where the spine is. I felt as if something was broken. On day 3, the pain was awful so I decided not to take the last of the prednisone.

    Fast forward to 2 days later and that problem went away BUT I started having a muffled feeling in my ear, neck spasms, pressure in the back of my head as if I had a band around it and a dull ache in my jaw. The spasms were painful so I went back to the E.N.T. and he told me to see an oral surgeon (I do clench and grind my teeth) and prescribed me Flexeril. I also aw my GP who thought the spasms were a side effect of the prednisone.

    So, I had one day last week when I felt good... no spasms, little discomfort in the ear, and no head pressure. I went to the dentist for fillings the next day and my problems all came back right after. I saw an oral surgeon last week and he said I had very mild TMJ issues... my jaw is aligned and that he thinks it's a muscular problem.

    Well, I won't be able to see my GP until next Wednesday and I have scheduled an appt for a neurologist at the end of Dec. I am really anxious right now. I'm 30 yrs old and as I type this here are my problems:

    1. discomfort from behind my left ear to my neck. It's not painful but I feel as though the muscle is tight. When I put my head up that feeling goes away. When I'm looking straight or down, I can feel it and I get that muffled feeling as though something is in the middle of my ear radiating down to the left side of my jaw.

    2. I can turn my head from side to side without pain but I feel a bit of stiffness in the back of my neck.

    3. Some discomfort on and off under my chin where the muscle is. The right side of my jaw feels a bit tender to the touch.

    4. A slight popping/squeaky type of feeling in my right nostril when I drink something. My throat does NOThurt when I swallow.

    5. Some pressure in my eye that makes the lids feel a bit sleepy/heavy. My vision is not blurred but it kind of feels like I have to wipe my eye. Also, I did wake up today with some clear discharge in my eye and had a quick sharp pain in that eye once in the last 24 hrs but nothing since.

    6. On and off vibrating feeling in my chest. It's a weird "motor" feeling in my chest which may be anxiety-related, don't know.

    7. My shoulder blades ache.

    8. I keep getting an on and off dull ache in my chest on the left side and on/off raw/sore feeling in throat that comes and goes and feels sensitive to air.

    9. On and off dull pain in head near my temple. I don't have anymore spasms in my neck so the pressure/tension headache I was having has subsided.

    9. Throughout the day, I feel the need to belch before I swallow.

    That's pretty much it. I do work on my computer and spend 8 hours or so sitting here. I have bad posture and have been under a lot of stress this past month and my anxiety has increased ever since having these problems.

    In the past 3 weeks I've had 2 EKG's that came back normal. I had a simple blood test done that came back normal. All doctors said they didn't feel any swollen lymph nodes in my neck. The E.N.T. did not do a scope of my throat but he said he doesn't think there is anything major going on with me. My GP felt the same but it's been 3 weeks now and I'm still going through all of the above.

    I'm super scared that I may have Head & Neck cancer, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, MS, or rheumatoid arthritis. When I asked the E.N.T and GP about this they both shrugged it off and told me "no" you do not have that but haven't done any x-rays or tests to rule them out.

    Has anyone experienced these symptoms or have any feedback you can offer?

    PS. I did have a chest x-ray one year ago and all was normal along with a heart x-ray that came back normal. Also, I don't drink or smoke.
    Well, I went to see a different GP yesterday who did a thorough physical that took almost 2 hours. GP concluded that all is "normal" despite my pain. No swollen lymph nodes or anything. Blood work is normal. He thinks it's all anxiety related (no surprise there) and he even had a second doctor check me out to confirm.

    He prescribed Zoloft and has me starting with a slow dose and gradually building up. I was crying the whole time during the appt. I kept thinking "they think I'm a head case" and even though they told me I don't have signs of MS, head & neck cancer, etc, I'm still not convinced. I guess I won't be until I have x-rays, MRI, ct scan showing that I'm fine.

    Also, an online diagnostic test suggested I may have Fibromyalgia. When the nurse asked me what's wrong today and I told her, first thing she said was "sounds like Fibromyalgia." The GP doesn't seem 100% convinced that it is but said IF it is Fibro, this is the same path he would go down with regard to me taking zoloft.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor, but since your doctor doesn't seem to be concerned and you admit you are under a lot of stress the first thing you need to do is calm down a little. Many of the things you mentioned could be stress related, so try and relieve as many of the stressful thoughts you are having and just relax and see if that will make a difference.

  46. QUESTION:
    Swelling behind ear on ear canal and lymph nodes?
    Hi, I woke up Saturday morning and the whole right side of my head behind my ear was in pain. I had been laying on my right side, and I didnt really think that much of it, but it hurt. Later that day I had pain and felt behind my ear and there was a bump on the outside ontop of my ear canal under the skin. It was a little painful, epsecially when I touched it. Yesterday the bump was still there and also my lymph nodes behind my ears and on the balls on the back of my head were all a little swollen, and hurting. Now today the bump behind my ear is still there but now the lymph node right behind the right ear is swollen up and swollen along the outline of the ear between the lymph node and the ear canal, now its just one big long bump and really painful even when I do not touch it. Both the lymph nodes behind my ears and on the back of my head are all swollen and they hurt. My neck hurts and my head hurts. I have been on antibiodics for 10 days, yesterday was my last day. I had been having pain in my teeth and the doctor prescribed amoxacillian. Has anyone else had anything like this before? If yes what was the problem? I go to the doctors on the 6th, so I am trying to wait it out. Any good advise is needed, and anyone who has been through similar I would love to know how it ended! Thank you all and God bless you.

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  47. QUESTION:
    Lymph node pain!! help!?
    The lymph nodes in my neck are swollen, with the right one being exceptionally large. I have an achey, heavy feeling head and the lymph nodes in my neck are extremely painful and tender to touch. Even if I just tilt my head to the side or back, I can feel the intense pain. I also have a lot of mucus in me that I need to cough up, I don't know if that's relevant to this. But, what is wrong? I don't have a sore throat, just a sore neck! I'm only in college, so I don't want it to be cancer!!! I come home in a week, so is it okay if I wait until then to go see a doctor if the problem still persists? Someone help! Is this a minor problem and it will go away or what's wrong?
    it started maybe 2 days ago or yesterday? I can't remember! I was sick a month ago with a sore throat and had flu symptoms for a day then it went away and I was tested for mono but it was negative and I haven't been tired or anything, so I don't think it's that! We do have a health clinic on campus, but they are awful and I would rather wait to go home to my doctor if that's possible. I go home next week, would that be okay?

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  48. QUESTION:
    Is this bump/lump on my neck something to worry about?
    I've had a sore throat at night for three days. I chalked it up to allergies, since it only occurred at night. No other allergy symptoms or runny nose. Today, I noticed that it hurt in the morning. No biggie.

    Then, a few hours later, I noticed that my throat was feeling worse. My lymph nodes were swollen on both sides. Makes sense, no biggie. At lunch, as I was checking the nodes again, I noticed the left side was more painful and that southeast of the node there was a small, pencil eraser sized lump that was quite tender.
    Fast forward, now that bump is painful to the touch. The lymph nodes are still swollen. It also hurts my neck area along the front when I lift my head towards the ceiling, and it aches to turn my head to the right. Other than that, I'm feeling a bit fatigued now.
    Is this lump, other than the lymph nodes, something to be concerned about? I've never felt one before. Is it odd to ache when Iift my head and turn it? I don't think it's strep. Should I go to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you should go to the doctor. You more than likely need a round of antibiotics. The knot you are feeling is probably another lymph node. You have more lymph nodes than you think throughout your entire body. I would recommend going to the dr especially if you are running a fever.

  49. QUESTION:
    Swollen red and painful 00g eyelet?
    Hey there. I just stretched my ears from a 0g to a 00g. I used tapers, then waited a day, and put silicone eyelets in. My right ear is is EXTREMELY swollen, a little red, painful (only to the touch), and has considerably large amounts of puss coming out of it if I move the eyelet around. Also under my earlobe i have a swollen bump on my neck (assuming maybe a lymph node?) I cant take the jewelry out because of the swelling. what should I do? I heard if it were an infection it would be warm to the touch but its not.
    It might be a blowout, I really cant tell. should I take it out? Ive been soaking my ears with seasalt and such

    • ANSWER:
      It's a blowout?

  50. QUESTION:
    Peridontal disease and lymph node.?
    What is the size of a normal lymph node and what is the size of a swollen lymph node? This confuses me. And how should a swollen lymph node vs a normal lymph node feel? (hard or soft?)

    I can't see it with the naked eye but on my right side of my neck I can feel a small lump(size is 1 1/2 cm long and less than a cm across, oval shaped.) that is rather soft with no pain and on my throat I can feel a tiny circle that is hard and painful to the touch. I believe I have felt it before when I was like a pre-teen. It shows up every now and them.

    I haven't been sick in years. no colds hardly a sore throat. However I do have peridontal disease and just got my first cavity.

    If it is swollen, is it because of my peridontal disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Periodontal disease could swell a lymph node, definitely.
      Typically, nodes are 1cm.