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Swollen lymph nodes in neck & jaw

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 21, 2009
  • 04:16 PM

I am 32 years old and two years ago, I noticed a small knot on the side of my neck but I felt fine...I forgot about it. Well about 2 months ago, I decided to get it checked out because it seemed to be bigger. I went to the doctor, they ran some bloodwork-told me to come back in a month if they were still there. I made an appointment but the day before, my lymph nodes under my jaw had swollen so much that I felt like my throat was closed off so I went in to see my doctor that day. Well, they told me that I was positive for EBV and that it would go away on it's on. He gave me some antibiotics for 2 weeks and a steroid for 1 week. Surprise! It didn't work. Now, it feels like the one at the bottom-side of my neck is swelling more, along with others around it and the ones under my jaw are still swollen but not as much as they were. I went back to the doctor last week because I was in severe pain because of all the swelling--and, even my face was swollen. Throbbing!! He said the same thing, gave me a Vitamin B-12 shot and sent me home. The pain subsided but is still there.
I am supposed to go back in another week to let them know that it still hasn't went away but I am sick of trying to get them to understand that it is not what they are thinking.
What could it be?

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  • I am 32 years old and two years ago, I noticed a small knot on the side of my neck but I felt fine...I forgot about it. Well about 2 months ago, I decided to get it checked out because it seemed to be bigger. I went to the doctor, they ran some bloodwork-told me to come back in a month if they were still there. I made an appointment but the day before, my lymph nodes under my jaw had swollen so much that I felt like my throat was closed off so I went in to see my doctor that day. Well, they told me that I was positive for EBV and that it would go away on it's on. He gave me some antibiotics for 2 weeks and a steroid for 1 week. Surprise! It didn't work. Now, it feels like the one at the bottom-side of my neck is swelling more, along with others around it and the ones under my jaw are still swollen but not as much as they were. I went back to the doctor last week because I was in severe pain because of all the swelling--and, even my face was swollen. Throbbing!! He said the same thing, gave me a Vitamin B-12 shot and sent me home. The pain subsided but is still there.I am supposed to go back in another week to let them know that it still hasn't went away but I am sick of trying to get them to understand that it is not what they are thinking. What could it be? HI ------IT SOME HOW SOUNDS LIKE GLANDULAR FEVER.Swollen tender glands (in the neck)• OR SOME KIND OF INFLAMMATION --INFLAMMATION CAN ALLSO MAKE THE NODULES UNDER YOUR CHIN AND DOWN YOUR NECK SWELL. IF YOU RUN YOUR FINGER DOWN THE SIDE OF YOUR NECK YOU CAN FEEL LITTLE BALLS. YOU MAY FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TONSILLITIS BUT IS NOT SO.THIS CAN BE FROM SOME KIND OF INFLAMMATION YOU HAVE. IF YOU TAKE antibiotics DOES IT CLEAR OR GO AWAY THEN COME BACK WHEN YOU STOP (THE antibiotics ) DO ASK YOUR DOCTOR to tell you more on GLANDULAR FEVER.
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • October 22, 2009
    • 01:24 PM
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  • It did get a little better while taking the antibiotics but it didn't go away. Yes, there are a lot of them swollen around the one that I was referring to on the side of my neck. Thank you, I will ask the doctor regarding glandular fever. But, I do wonder what is causing it. I have had so many problems within the last year--sometimes, I think my body is just going wonky on me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2009
    • 01:54 PM
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  • Another question: Why haven't the ones under my jaw swollen any over the 2 years that the ones over my left collarbone have been swollen? I had no problems with the ones under my jaw until I went to the dr. for the others. Now, I am extremely fatigued and I also have night sweats--and it takes alot to get me to start sweating. I have lost a few pounds since I had my daughter last Aug. but I thought that it was due to my hormones finally getting situated..even though they are not now.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 04:37 PM
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  • HI ------IT SOME HOW SOUNDS LIKE GLANDULAR FEVER.Swollen tender glands (in the neck)• OR SOME KIND OF INFLAMMATION --INFLAMMATION CAN ALLSO MAKE THE NODULES UNDER YOUR CHIN AND DOWN YOUR NECK SWELL. IF YOU RUN YOUR FINGER DOWN THE SIDE OF YOUR NECK YOU CAN FEEL LITTLE BALLS. YOU MAY FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TONSILLITIS BUT IS NOT SO.THIS CAN BE FROM SOME KIND OF INFLAMMATION YOU HAVE. IF YOU TAKE antibiotics DOES IT CLEAR OR GO AWAY THEN COME BACK WHEN YOU STOP (THE antibiotics ) DO ASK YOUR DOCTOR to tell you more on GLANDULAR FEVER.I also checked on the glandular fever and it come up under the EBV also but it still doesn't explain why the others under my jaw are just now swelling all of a sudden and so much.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 26, 2009
    • 04:40 PM
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  • I also checked on the glandular fever and it come up under the EBV also but it still doesn't explain why the others under my jaw are just now swelling all of a sudden and so much. HI I DO KNOW FOR A FACKT MY HUSBAND JAW SWELS LIKE THAT WHEN HE HAS BAD INFLAMMATION . DO U HAVE ANY INFLAMMATION AT ALL.the one side of the face even swells and this is from prosteit INFLAMMATION hope u ok
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 03:19 PM
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  • EBV, is a type of herpes virus and almost everyone will be exposed to is at some point in their lives. Once you have it, you have it for life. Typically on first infection it causes glandular fever or "mono". Mono symptoms are very variable but almost always include fatigue, swoolen lymph nodes and strep throat. The risk of strep throat was the reason your doc gave you antibiotics in the first place, basically to solve that problem early and eliminate the risk of getting strep. EBV can recurr. Now you haven't said if you have had EBV before, so there is a basically 2 outcomes here both similar.1) You have had mono, or EBV symptoms in the past: all your symptoms fit. recurrences of EBV are possible and have wide variations in triggers (trauma, stress, surgery, almost anything) and this would explain your present and previous lymph node issue. 2) this is your first EBV exposure, since you have had larger than normal lymph nodes in the past, this exposure to EBV has mounted an immune response causing the increase in swelling. (therefore if you had normal size nodes and got exposed you may not have noticed the size increase. but since they were already previously enlarged, the enlargement from EBV exposure has made them very noticible).Either way the best corse of action is to stay away from medical enviornments. You will just keep questioning each new issue and be constantly wondering when you will get better. EBV is frustrating as it's so common doctors won't want to spend time on it, rather just send you home with a "cheer up sport". and of course, stress and viruses don't mix. a back/ neck massage here and their from your partner can help lymph drainage. Bottom line is EBV sucks. The quicker you just say ***l with it and keep it out of mind the faster you'll move on from it.
    Croatiamedstudent 32 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 03:57 PM
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  • EBV, is a type of herpes virus and almost everyone will be exposed to is at some point in their lives. Once you have it, you have it for life. Typically on first infection it causes glandular fever or "mono". Mono symptoms are very variable but almost always include fatigue, swoolen lymph nodes and strep throat. The risk of strep throat was the reason your doc gave you antibiotics in the first place, basically to solve that problem early and eliminate the risk of getting strep. EBV can recurr. Now you haven't said if you have had EBV before, so there is a basically 2 outcomes here both similar.1) You have had mono, or EBV symptoms in the past: all your symptoms fit. recurrences of EBV are possible and have wide variations in triggers (trauma, stress, surgery, almost anything) and this would explain your present and previous lymph node issue. 2) this is your first EBV exposure, since you have had larger than normal lymph nodes in the past, this exposure to EBV has mounted an immune response causing the increase in swelling. (therefore if you had normal size nodes and got exposed you may not have noticed the size increase. but since they were already previously enlarged, the enlargement from EBV exposure has made them very noticible). Either way the best corse of action is to stay away from medical enviornments. You will just keep questioning each new issue and be constantly wondering when you will get better. EBV is frustrating as it's so common doctors won't want to spend time on it, rather just send you home with a "cheer up sport". and of course, stress and viruses don't mix. a back/ neck massage here and their from your partner can help lymph drainage. Bottom line is EBV sucks. The quicker you just say ***l with it and keep it out of mind the faster you'll move on from it. you have it spot on i could not had explaind it as well as u have .i do know my husband just leaves it and it goes away in time but does come back again.
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • October 27, 2009
    • 06:49 PM
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