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Swollen Painful Lymph Node Above Collarbone

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  • Posted By: tlynne774
  • December 10, 2010
  • 09:25 PM

I have a swollen and painful lymph node on the left side above my collarbone. I've been to the dr 2x now for it. First time they said I had neck strain and told me to come back if it gets worse. Went back and all he said was my lymph node was imflammed and to come back and see him in a few days if it's not better. I have pain in the back, left side of my neck and it is swollen as well. The pain has now spread to inside my left ear, the back of my head and down my shoulder and back. He said I do not have an infection as I have no other symptoms. I am extremely concerned. I just feel like something could be seriously wrong. Anyone have any thoughts or advice? I have searched the internet and all sites I've read indicate that a painful lymph node is usually a sign of infection.

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  • Lymph nodes are normally "good guys" when it comes to illness. They recruit white blood cells (which fight infection) and fill with lymph fluid in the presence of infection. However, it does become a problem when there are multiple lymph nodes being recruited and swollen overtime, accompanied by perhaps a necrotic center (which is when the center of the lymph node dies, which would require a biopsy) or a swollen liver. It sounds as though you have a simple infection that would go away with antibiotics. If your primary care physician doesn't seem interested, simply find another doctor. Period - delaying appropriate care could cause something to become worse. If you feel you're sick, you probably are.Best of luck to you!
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    • December 11, 2010
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