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  • Posted By: HellenStellar
  • February 23, 2008
  • 04:00 AM

I have been feeling rather not well for the past few days. It all started with my armpit, I had a painful swollen gland that just appeared one day under my right arm. This may not be related at all, but when I sat down to think back to the last time I remember having cut myself while in the shower (I live in a dorm, so chances are there was rust) under that arm.

The following day I had a swollen gland on the left side of my neck just under my jaw, accompanied by stiffness of the jaw and an uncomfortableness while trying to chew or talk.

I now have stiffness in the neck, stiffness and pain in my shoulder, and a pretty bad headache. -- I get headaches often so I'm not positive that this is even related. -- The stiffness in my jaw is still present. I am also feeling rather lethargic and not well in general.

I had the tetanus vaccinations as a small child, but haven't had any boosters since the age of 5, 15 years ago.

What it comes down to is, that it is 6 PM on a Friday, so there's no way I'm going to be able to get into a normal doctor for at least 3 days. Should be worried enough to go to the ER or an Emergency Clinic, or should I just wait it out?

Thanks for your help.

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  • Well, it depends. If you have a very high fever and problems breathing, you should go to ER. You would probably get better care at your doctor's office with all the flu going around. Of course, you need a lot of blood work to begin with. It probably is not tetanus. You would get it off of rusty old nails and fences. It could be anything so make sure you get an appointment at the beginning of the week.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • February 23, 2008
    • 11:55 PM
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