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Extreme neck pain, swollen lymph node -help

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  • Posted By: helpme101
  • November 9, 2006
  • 02:58 AM

I had my wisdom teeth out the end of summer. Right after beginning college i started to get head rushes, night sweats and extreme pain in my head, also pressure in my face. In addition my neck hurt like ***l to bend side to side and especially back. I was given antibiotics which took the pain out of my head, but the pressure remained.
I was tested for a bunch of things. My oral surgoen also x-rayed my jaw and teeth but no tooth or abcess was detected
Mono/cbc-negative
Neck x-ray- negative
Sinus cat scan- negative

I am now on a very strong antibiotic but the pain in my neck is still the same(really bad) and my lymph nodes still swollen on the left side of my neck. PLEASE HELP if you have any ideas.
Businessman231@aol.com

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  • From what I know, if you have swollen glands in a localized area it is likely to be from a bacterial infection--that is why they gave you the antibiotics. If you have generalized lymph node inflammation it is more likely to be viral (e.g., hiv, mono or CMV) or some sort of systemtic illness (e.g., lupus or other autoimmune disorders). I would guess that in your case it is an acute infection of a specific node or nodes being caused by something relative to the dentist. It will probably go away on its own, and I don't know how to treat that. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
    • 06:20 PM
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  • My Son Has The Same Thing, We Even Had A Tooth Pulled Because We Thought It Was Abcessed. What Was Your Outcome? He Is On The 6th Day Of Strong Antibiotics And The Swelling Is Still As Bad As It Was And The Pain Is Unbearable Even On Lotab And Ibuprofen. Let Me Know How You Are Doing Please.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 13, 2007
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  • I ended up having an mri and blood tests for lyme disease which were all negative. the swollen glands in my neck have gone down a little and the head rushes are gone. the neck pain has remained the same though which is very frustrating. I was even sent to a psychiatrist and given anxiety medicine because doctors feel that stress is causing some of these things. I ended up having about 4 weeks of amoxiccilan which i would recommend. i even had a teeth cleaning and exam with no negative results. i have never even had a cavity and i am almost 19 years old. I am in my fourth month of this but feel like i am over the worst of it, . let me know how he;s doing thanks.
    helpme101 5 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
    • 05:25 PM
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  • I'm experiencing the same thing: pain and swelling, and what feels like a sore, at the rear left of the tongue. Onset followed 2x course of antbiotics. Tried both Nystatin and Diflucan - mild help but far from a cure. Currently on a candida-cleanse herbal regimen. Infectious disease specialist now doing blood work, scratch-tests, etc..If anyone with similar symptoms has found an answer, PLEASE write to me.TIA
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
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  • Hi All, In October of last year I had a simple cold. A week after getting over the cold, I found a lump of the left side of my neck. I waited a week figuring that the lump was because I had just gotten over a cold and it would probably go away. After a week of waiting, my lymph node grew more and more, and soon started to become unbearable. I went to the doctor and he said it was because I was sick with the cold and that he would still do some blood work to make sure I didn't have mono (which I had when I was 16) and lymphoma. He told me that he would let me know of the results as soon as he found out. He never let me know, but I figured it would go away soon. About 4 to 5 days later, my neck grew even more. I tried to get an appointment to see a doctor and was unable to. I decided to go to the E.R. The E.R. doctor on duty was shocked by the size of my lymph node (which at this time was around 3-4 cm big) and asked me if I had any dental problems, mono, lymphoma, etc. They gave me antiobotics and put me on steriods for about 9 hours. I was sent home with a prescription and an appointment with a ear, nose, and throat doc. While I was on steriods and antibiotics, my lymph node reduced in size. As soon as I finised the steriods it increased once again. After another visit to the E.R. and an appointment with the ENT, I was put on antiobiotics and steriods again and then as soon as I was taken off steriods, it grew again. The week of Thanksgiving, I was admitted into the hospital.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
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  • To make a long story short, they thought that maybe I had branchial cleft cyst, congenital cysts, that arise in the lateral aspect of the neck when the second branchial cleft fails to close during embryonic development. When they opened me up they saw I in fact did not have it. I had two lymph nodes removed and since then I have felt great. My lymph nodes were biopsied and found to have signs of infection. My doctor did another blood test and found that I had Cat Scratch Disease. This can be treated by antiobiotics usually, but in my case they did not work. So moral of the story, check for Bartonella henslae, Cat Scratch Disease when getting blood work done. This was a miserable experience for me as well. My lymph nodes grew to about 6cm the last time I went to the E.R. and they were very painful to move and touch. I couldn't even drive. Use warm compresses and ask for every blood test there is.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
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  • what were your symptons? my daughter is 12 and just tested for cat scratch. she he swollen lymph nodes on her neck and now have sharp pains in her neck... she has been on an antiobotic for 2wks and its not helped.she has not had a fever or anything and no sore throat. Thank you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 05:16 PM
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  • I felt in the beginning like I just had a really bad cold. After that I started to lose weight, and my neck was very painful to move and I also experienced sharp pains. Also, I was very tired all the time- I thought it was maybe just stress, but now looking back I was more sick than I thought. If the medicine isn't working on your daughter, I would ask to have a CT scan to see maybe if it is an abscess, a pus pocket forming in her neck from the infection (which may need a needle aspiration) or if the lymph node(s) is so infected like mine that it may need to be taken out. I was put on two different antibiotics that were supposed to treat Cat Scratch Disease before I actually had surgery and I did not respond to any. Of course, surgery is the last option, I would push to get the scan and see what it going on inside. I also had another scan, I am not really sure what it is called, but I had to drink a special white-pasty mix (that made me glow) while they took pictures of my neck and throat to see inside. I hope this helps!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 09:33 PM
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  • Hello- Sadly your story sounds all to familar. Believe it or not I am dealing with the out come of wisdom teeth pulled out back in 1989. I had your same symptoms......was given tons of anti-biotics and percodan. My oral surgeon finally became annoyed with my whinning. Years went by and my face/jaw/lymph nodes were never the same. I spent many nights crying...my husband and Doctor (S), thought I was nuts. I had m.r.i.'s, bone scan, several c.t. scans, x-rays (of my whole face) lots of blood work. Then one day back in 2005 I went to a Dentist my friend worked for and asked him to have a look at my jaw/gums......an old time x-ray of one of the wisdom removal sights was done.....he said " Now if you look really closly you can see a faint, almost unrecognizable shade in your bone. See it?---LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE SOME OLD DENTAL MATTER IN THERE." The long and short of it is that I infact had ancient guaze, part of the peridontal ligament and tons of black fluid inside a hollow little bowl formed by necrotic bone. Yikes! Google ---BONE CAVITATION or OSTEOMYELITIS OF THE JAW. So far I have had 2 surgeries...& more in the near future. Also interesting to note....I broke my foot, then had 2 surgeries to repair it...on the last surgery my surgeon said..."Wow...Osteomyelitis? Wish I'd known that years ago......you should have been on i.v. antibiotics after initial break and folling all surgeries." Needless to say the Osteomyelitis spreads to weak or damaged bones. Another YIPPEEE. The funny thing is I called the original oral surgeon.......He was VERY annoyed that I called to ask him where I should send the black decayed guaze from my jaw. Apparently I have NO RECOURSE....law id 3 years from date of discovery OR 1 year from date of injury...which ever comes first.SO YOU BETTER GET ON IT.
    hollyb 8 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
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  • Hey everyone,I came across this page while doing searches for an extremely painful lymph node I have in my neck. I've had it for three months and while the swelling isn't abnormally bad, the pain is really terrible. As other people have commented, it's also contributed to a lot of exhaustion. I've seen three doctors, one of which is an ear, nose and throat doctor. All have not taken this seriously and told me it would run its course. I am wondering if there is a certain specialization of medical practice that focuses on glands? Or any other form of doctor that I can go to that will take this problem seriously. Of course, I am assuming the worst here but I'd like to get down to the bottom of this. I assume it isn't viral since it's only on one side. However, if it's an infection of some kind, it could be all sorts of things. I haven't had my wisdom teeth removed yet and I'm wondering if this could be contributing to the problem.Any suggestions would be great. Thank you!
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  • Like all of you here in this thread I too have these symptoms and I posted to this site all the way back in December of 2006. I have been to see several Physicians and still no diagnosis just more symptoms. Here are the links to my other posts here on the fourm:http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=5621http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=5620 I too thought that this was related to my teeth because I had several teeth that were broken, I have since had them removed and still feel bad if not even worse than I did. I too have been through many x-rays, CT scans, blood tests, ultrasounds, urine tests, and MRI's. This has been going on for 6 months now and still no answers. I have been tested for lymes disease and have gone so far as to be tested for HIV and everyother STD known to man all of which come back as either being normal or negative. I have twenty to thirty pages of just blood test results all though I don't think that I have been tested for Cat Scratch Fever. In the past few months things have become totally unbearable. I have found out that I have an inginal hernia and I am also now suffering from tachyicardia I found this out on the day that I was to have a biopsy of the lymph nodes and the hernia repaired. They would not do the surgery because of the rapid heart rate (tachycardia, 100-160 BPM). I have browsed these posts in the past and have seen alot of people on this forum with the same/similar symptoms that I have and the same outcome from seeing their physicians...no diagnosis. I now am hurting under my ribcage on both sides and have these burning lumps that seem to come and go although they are here more often than not and never seem to really go away totally. I have neck pain, headaches, burning sensations where the lumps are, which seems to be systemic and symetrical in nature ( I feel them in the same places on each side of my body). I have had several surgeries to fix a bad back so I am no stranger to constant nagging pain, but this is getting old. I would really like to hear from anyone out there that has had the same or similar symptoms that has been diagnosed or not. Our health care system is going in the toilet, I remember when I was a child and if a doctor could not figure it out they would admit you and find the problem. I am so frustrated at the whole thing that everytime they do a test I find myself hoping that they results show something...good or bad. Anyone with any suggestions at all please let me know. Clinton AKA NetGeek
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  • Hi my name is mahesh. I am a computer engg. i had a very good solution for lymph node :-)i am from india and i also had lymph node around my neck. I go to doctor they told me to do some blood test,urine test,some sonography of neck.then i heard from my friend that "YOGA" may help me to came out of my problem. So i started doing "PRANAYAM". After 2 to 3 day when i check my neck the lymph node is gone. And i am feeling more energatic than ever."YOGA" works for me dude. I didn't take single medicine for lymph node.So i think u should also try out the "YOGA".It doesn't required any money just 30 min every day can solve ur prob.Best wishesh frm me you can give me ur feedback at mahesh_chahyal@yahoo.co.in
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  • This is a great site and I have read all the posts.YOGA is definitely a good solution....I received a yoga certification for 200 hours and in that course, which I mainly took for my own knowledge, I learned that Yoga allows circulation of the blood and clearing of the toxins by stimulating the lymph nodes circulation as well. I am having swollen lymph nodes on my neck and surrounding area on the left side. I have not been doing much yoga lately, and I think I will start again tonight. Maresh is right, 30-60 minutes a day WILL do wonders. I would suggest creating a morning "sun salutation" ritual for 10 or so sun salutation sequences. You can look them up online, they have many variances. I like the Ashtanga or Vinyasa sun salutations.Also, the spine warm up series is a few moves (child's pose, cat, cow, thread the needle) that only take 5-10 minutes each night and morning.www.yogajournal.com has some good info on their site, as well as 100's of others. Try a search on "yoga" and "lymph nodes swollen" or similar.Good luck!Medication should always me the LAST solution. Our bodies have their own amazing healing effects thru energy, thought, meditation, food/herbs, and yoga. Believe in your own ability to heal.
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  • I have had the same problems involving pain shooting from my neck through my face. It happened right after I had my wisdom tooth removed. I got a dry socket after I had an allergic reaction to the pain medication. I got a bad infection that took months to heal. I went back to the dentist who said nothing was wrong. I know the symptoms I have are the same as those of a dry socket. When I watched that stupid movie before I went I went into surgury about the dangers of something like a dry socket happening, and being told that it may never go away. It's been almost a year and a half, I still have the pressure in my head, and the pain in my neck. And no dentist to help.willowistrinity1@yahoo.com
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  • Yikes-I've had this unbearable pain for almost 2 weekd to think that it could go on with out relief for months is very scary.. My doctor gave me ammoxicilian.. he told me if doesn't go away in the next three days,that I should see him again.. I have no idea what brought this on. He did mention that he thought it might be dental related... If I'm still expereincing this I will ask for this "cat scatch test"
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  • My daughter has a cyst on top of a swollen lymph node. Her pediatrician has her currently on an antibiotic and yet the pain continues. She also found another cyst on top of a node under the chin. We return back to the doctor this week and maybe she can give us some idea. She told us that it could just be an infection so she put her on antibiotics. She did say that if it has not improved that she would explore other options. One professor i work with had the exact same symptoms. He went to the doctor and after about 5 months was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that was found behind the base of the tongue. It is rare and the lymph node swelling was what helped the doctors diagnose the problem. He has been cancer free for 4 years now and we hope that his cancer is gone.
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  • Hey Clinton.....Find a good dentist and get XRays done on your teeth. You could have a gum infection that is causing all your problems. I understand you have tachycardia heart rate and the blood pressure and heart rate increase when there is an underlying infection in the body. I would suggest you find a doctor at a teaching hospital. Sometimes they will look at symptoms and diagnose what most physicians will miss. I hope you find what is causing your problem. Keep us posted. MHsoccerref05@yahoo.com
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  • Hi i've recently had the same symptoms you described. i was also given antibiotics to no avail. i've since taken some muscle relaxant with antiimflammatory with NO acetominophen, and this worked!! (b12,b1 and b6 and neuroxin)I'm experiencing the same thing: pain and swelling, and what feels like a sore, at the rear left of the tongue. Onset followed 2x course of antbiotics. Tried both Nystatin and Diflucan - mild help but far from a cure. Currently on a candida-cleanse herbal regimen. Infectious disease specialist now doing blood work, scratch-tests, etc..If anyone with similar symptoms has found an answer, PLEASE write to me.TIA
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
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  • I have read the messages here, but my symptoms I think are a little diffrent. I hope maybe you can help me too. My nodes on the back side of my neck are swollen and hurt awful. I haven't had a tooth pulled recently. The are swollen. The dr. said they would go away and that was it. He said I might have an infection some where, but did no blood work. They are about the size of grapes @ the base of my skull. Anyone have any ideas? Please?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2007
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  • look at tmj , do you have a soar throat?I had my wisdom teeth out the end of summer. Right after beginning college i started to get head rushes, night sweats and extreme pain in my head, also pressure in my face. In addition my neck hurt like ***l to bend side to side and especially back. I was given antibiotics which took the pain out of my head, but the pressure remained.I was tested for a bunch of things. My oral surgoen also x-rayed my jaw and teeth but no tooth or abcess was detectedMono/cbc-negativeNeck x-ray- negativeSinus cat scan- negative I am now on a very strong antibiotic but the pain in my neck is still the same(really bad) and my lymph nodes still swollen on the left side of my neck. PLEASE HELP if you have any ideas.Businessman231@aol.com
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    • November 10, 2007
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