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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