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Lymph Nodes enlarged Head pressure

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  • Posted By: NetGeek
  • December 13, 2006
  • 01:15 AM

Hello all,

I am a new user here and am looking for some help. I have had swollen Lympth nodes, and various other issues. Below is a list of some of these symptoms. About four months ago I started to get this pressure in my head so I seen my ENT and they did blood work and CT scans all of which came back as normal. Then about two months after this had shown up I started to get glands in my neck that were enlarged and painful..I didn't think much of it as I had a Parotid and Submandibular Salivary Gland removed by the same ENT that I seen for these other problems and thought it was related. Now I have glands throughout my body that are painful and swollen. I have been a a variety of meds including medication for a chronic back problem. These include Pennicillin V for 7 days due to an infected tooth, then Pennicillin V again for three weeks for the head pressue, Singualar then followed as well as anti virals all perscribed by my ENT. This same DR. did several CT scans and an MRI all of which came back normal. Now I am seeing an internist and he has done blood work twice now which has come back as, surprise...surprise, normal. He aslo put me on Augmentin which has done nothing.. It seems like it is getting worse and not better. Now I have the pressure in my head, swollen lymph nodes throughout my body which are painful and now feel like they are on fire, sinus pressure accross the cheeks, a low grade fever that never gets over 100 degrees, muscle weakness in my arms which I think is associated with the Lymph Nodes, I also have a few teeth that need to be pulled as I have one that is eating itself from the inside out. You would think that if this was some systemic type of infection that I would have responded to the antibiotics. I feel really bad and can't get an answers from any of the doctors, they all say that they are confused. The internist has mentioned in passing that he thinks its Dercum's Disease, but I have looked it up and it is a very rare condition that usually affects post meno-pauseal women, and is rarely seen in men well I am a man, besides the fact that this disease is fatty tumors and not Lymph nodes. Anyone have any clues??

Thank you,
Oregon, USA

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  • Well it very well could be your lymph nodes are reacting to your infected teeth. I would get them pulled. Lymph nodes can swell from even a common cold. Did you tell your doctors that you had the infected teeth?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 13, 2006
    • 05:35 AM
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  • Yes I told my doctor that my teeth are broken and that I have the one tooth that is eating itself from the inside out, that is why he perscribed the Augmentin. As you can see in my previous post that this has not worked and I have not responded to the Antibiotics even though being on 2 different types...Pen V and the Augmentin for over five weeks.I understand that the lymphatic system can become involved when there is infection present, but I still have the question as to if this is the case why have I not responded to the Antibiotics and even felt a little better? As it stands I feel like I am getting worse and not better. I am really begining to wonder if this may be lymes disease.The tooth is to be removed tomorrow evening and we will see if things get any better as I also have an appt with my PCP on friday. I will post more as I know more. Any help or insight here would be appreciated.As well I am disabled and really cannot afford to have my teeth worked on and there are no Programs in this state to help with dental problems and I do not have dental insurance...Will do all that I can to get these things out of my head to see if I start to even feel better.Thank you for your reply as I stated I will post more when I know it.Clinton
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 13, 2006
    • 06:36 AM
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