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Weird Pain in front part of neck

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  • Posted By: thishasbeennofun
  • May 23, 2011
  • 04:55 AM

Hi,
I'm 24 years old and have been active all my life. I'm a college student and have spent the last two years living in the library, so I have not exercised as much. I've been experiencing a very discomforting pain (for the past 4-6 months) in the front of my neck. I feel a hardened lymph node (I suspect) in the front of my neck just below the angle of the mandible and just to the right/above the hyoid bone and I feel the pain radiates from here. The pain is fairly localized in that area, however it's difficult to pin-point. My best explanation is that it is discomforting to swallow (when only dry-swallowing or only saliva), it typically does not hurt in the morning as I wake up and then progresses and becomes more painful as the day goes on, I feel a pressure on the ipsilateral internal ear, and overall it can become very debilitating. I have seen a handful of doctors including an ENT, and I had a C/T scan (both with and without contrast) from a very experienced and respected radiologist which showed nothing abnormal. I took a z pack (an antibiotic) a few months ago and I'm now starting a more intense series of antibiotics. The lymph node doesn't necessarily feel swollen, however it is sensitive upon palpation. I am also taking medrol (a steroid to reduce inflamation) although I believe this is no solution to the problem itself. I'm also taking a prescription of lortab to ease the pain, which helps, and periodic supplementing with ibprofen because I don't want to overdo the lortab. Please, if you have any ideas, PLEASE respond, I have read pages and pages of threads and the only responses I see are people agreeing that they have similar symptoms but NEVER any diagnosis. I haven't been losing weight or had night sweats, the CT scan didn't reveal anything worth worrying about so I feel somewhat comfortable and confident that it's not cancer. Also worth pointing out. THe last year of has very well been the most stress-ful of my life, I have been interviewing and preparing for graduate school (which starts in a few weeks), I was married 3 months ago, and have been juggling a very demanding course load at my university simultaneously, although I don't think stress itself is the problem, it is very likely a contributor. Please give me some insight if you have been down this road, or know someone who has or if you are a medical practitioner. Thank you in advance.

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  • This morning I woke up an emotional wreck, whatever I have contracted or developed is really consuming my thoughts and destroying any potential I have at being productive. The fear of the unknown for me is probably worse than having cancer itself (knock on wood, seriously). I am feeling a combination of humility, vulnerability, and desperation and decided to have blood work done for further diagnosis. I had blood drawn at a lab this morning to perform CBC and EBV (Complete Blood Count and Epstein-Barr Virus, respectively) tests. I really hope these yield some information and am very open to this community for further ideas and thoughts. I can't seem to find anybody whose symptoms parallel mine. In addition to what I posted yesterday, today I noticed the discomfort had "spread" to the left side of my neck. When I get any feedback I'll be mire than happy to share my results if anybody is interested. Again thank you in advance and truly, I wish you all the best in your own maladies (to whatever the degree they may be).
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  • Hi, I'm 24 years old and have been active all my life. I'm a college student and have spent the last two years living in the library, so I have not exercised as much. I've been experiencing a very discomforting pain (for the past 4-6 months) in the front of my neck. I feel a hardened lymph node (I suspect) in the front of my neck just below the angle of the mandible and just to the right/above the hyoid bone and I feel the pain radiates from here. The pain is fairly localized in that area, however it's difficult to pin-point. My best explanation is that it is discomforting to swallow (when only dry-swallowing or only saliva), it typically does not hurt in the morning as I wake up and then progresses and becomes more painful as the day goes on, I feel a pressure on the ipsilateral internal ear, and overall it can become very debilitating. I have seen a handful of doctors including an ENT, and I had a C/T scan (both with and without contrast) from a very experienced and respected radiologist which showed nothing abnormal. I took a z pack (an antibiotic) a few months ago and I'm now starting a more intense series of antibiotics. The lymph node doesn't necessarily feel swollen, however it is sensitive upon palpation. I am also taking medrol (a steroid to reduce inflamation) although I believe this is no solution to the problem itself. I'm also taking a prescription of lortab to ease the pain, which helps, and periodic supplementing with ibprofen because I don't want to overdo the lortab. Please, if you have any ideas, PLEASE respond, I have read pages and pages of threads and the only responses I see are people agreeing that they have similar symptoms but NEVER any diagnosis. I haven't been losing weight or had night sweats, the CT scan didn't reveal anything worth worrying about so I feel somewhat comfortable and confident that it's not cancer. Also worth pointing out. THe last year of has very well been the most stress-ful of my life, I have been interviewing and preparing for graduate school (which starts in a few weeks), I was married 3 months ago, and have been juggling a very demanding course load at my university simultaneously, although I don't think stress itself is the problem, it is very likely a contributor. Please give me some insight if you have been down this road, or know someone who has or if you are a medical practitioner. Thank you in advance.This morning I woke up an emotional wreck, whatever I have contracted or developed is really consuming my thoughts and destroying any potential I have at being productive. The fear of the unknown for me is probably worse than having cancer itself (knock on wood, seriously). I am feeling a combination of humility, vulnerability, and desperation and decided to have blood work done for further diagnosis. I had blood drawn at a lab this morning to perform CBC and EBV (Complete Blood Count and Epstein-Barr Virus, respectively) tests. I really hope these yield some information and am very open to this community for further ideas and thoughts. I can't seem to find anybody whose symptoms parallel mine. In addition to what I posted yesterday, today I noticed the discomfort had "spread" to the left side of my neck. When I get any feedback I'll be mire than happy to share my results if anybody is interested. Again thank you in advance and truly, I wish you all the best in your own maladies (to whatever the degree they may be).
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  • This morning I woke up an emotional wreck, whatever I have contracted or developed is really consuming my thoughts and destroying any potential I have at being productive. The fear of the unknown for me is probably worse than having cancer itself (knock on wood, seriously). I am feeling a combination of humility, vulnerability, and desperation and decided to have blood work done for further diagnosis. I had blood drawn at a lab this morning to perform CBC and EBV (Complete Blood Count and Epstein-Barr Virus, respectively) tests. I really hope these yield some information and am very open to this community for further ideas and thoughts. I can't seem to find anybody whose symptoms parallel mine. In addition to what I posted yesterday, today I noticed the discomfort had "spread" to the left side of my neck. When I get any feedback I'll be mire than happy to share my results if anybody is interested. Again thank you in advance and truly, I wish you all the best in your own maladies (to whatever the degree they may be).Hey I have been googling this for days as I am having the same feeling. I was wondering if your started with sharp neck pain in the same area as mine did? I swear it felt like something popped when all this started. And any hoarseness? I joke around about my "man voice" now but its getting bad. Any diagnosis for you?
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  • Hey I have been googling this for days as I am having the same feeling. I was wondering if your started with sharp neck pain in the same area as mine did? I swear it felt like something popped when all this started. And any hoarseness? I joke around about my "man voice" now but its getting bad. Any diagnosis for you?Still no progress- I'm a student in dental school and this thing is really making it difficult to focus. I had a head and neck MRI on Saturday and it didn't reveal anything, I also just had a series of 6-8 other blood tests. My doctor is having me get a high res MRI which will display my nerves apparently. My pain began subtly but I do occasionally now "pop" my throat from the right to left and I find it feels good to do. This has been very frustrating for me, keep mePosted on anything you find. I'm wanting to learn more about eagles syndrome
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