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Swollen Lymph Nodes on right side of the Neck

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  • Posted By: snoopy316
  • June 16, 2010
  • 00:22 AM

I just turned 26 years old.
Male

About 6 weeks ago I woke up with the right side of my neck very very swollen and painful. The swelling went from behind my ear and about halfway down my neck. It was so swollen that you could not see my jaw line.

That day I went to the Doctor, and he diagnosed me with an upper respiratory issue and gave me 850mg of amoxicillin twice a day for 10 days. He also wanted me to go for blood word. After a few days after goign to the doctor the swelling went down alot, but i still had swollen glands on my neck. On the 7th day of taking amoxicillin I broke out in hives all over my upper body. I went back to the doctor that same day in a slight panic, he took me off the amoxicillin gave me a prescription for prednisone and sent me for blood work. Since I didn't eat all that morning and the night before I went for my blood work following the doctor appointment. After the blood work, i started taking the prednisone.

A few days later the blood work came back and there were some concerns. The one thing he tested me for was mono.. That was negative. The other thing that came back a little funky were my liver enzymes. They were some were 3 times normal the others were 5 times normal. Since I barley drink, this was a concern. He wanted me to go a week and come back to see how i felt.

A week later i went back and i still had swollen glands, i really didn't feel sick at all. I had some slight congestion, which ive had for about 4 months. MY glands in my neck were also still swollen. The one behind my ear was totally come, but there is a node on the right side of my neck below my jaw bone which is still swollen but not nearly as much as when i first went to the doctor. Its maybe the size of a gumball? Not crazy big or small. But its def there. Its weird cause that will get smaller and larger depending on the day..

Alright, so now about 3 - 4 weeks after first seeing the doctor i go back for my blood work to check on my liver. The results come back and the liver enzymes go back down to normal and my 2nd mono test was negative. He tells me to take clariton for what he believes is allergies and causing this issue then tells me to keep and eye on it and come back in 10 days.

Fast forward to week 4 - 5 since my neck swelled up huge.. I go to the doctor. The node in my neck is much smaller but yet hes still there. Like i said earlier the node gets larger and smaller depending on the day. He is now totally out of ideas and sends me to an Ears Nose and Throat Doctor.

The first appointment I could get at the ENT was Tuesday June 15th 2009. Almost exactly 6 weeks after my neck initially swelled up. So now its sunday night. I just finished watching the season premiere of True Blood and its about 10:30 pm. My girlfriend leaves to go home and i feel a weird round bump around the size of maybe 1cm across.. maybe larger on the bottom of my neck. The bump feels hard but not painful. ITs very low on my neck near my clavicle.

So today i go to the ENT. I told him my whole story and he didnt seem too concern. He 1. Didnt think it was an upper respiratory issue or allergies. He told me that my neck swelled up very large that my body was fighting something and swollen glads are very common. I showed him the other lump on the bottom of my neck. This one actually concerns me more than the one near my jaw. He described this as supraclavicular.. I believe..

He was still not crazy concerned. He reassured me that he was nearly positive that this is nothing to worry about, and i prob had this when my whole neck was swollen (6 weeks ago) but just didn't notice it because i was so worried about the other one. He said it was also common for these nodes in the neck to swell up even the one near my clavicle. But to be on the safe side he is sending me to the "Lumps and Bumps" specialist in his group.

The Doctor said that they can preform a CT scan and a fine needle aspiration if need be. He was pretty convinced that this doctor wont need to do those and he will just monitor them to ensure they are shirking.

Well i made an appointment to see the Lumps and Bumps doctor on thursday June 17th and ill ssee what he says.

Even thou the doctor waivesn't super concerned. I am totally freaked out by this whole situation. Everything been reading online sounds like cancer or something like that. It seems when there is swelling in your superclavicle nodes its never a good thing. Im not sure what to think, but i know that I'm scared. Im not sure if its me or not. But i also feel like the swollen node near my collar bone has gotten bigger since i first discovered it sunday. Im not positive thou. But it feels pretty big.

I know this was a really long post, but does anyone have any thoughts about the issue im having? Any advice would be well appreciated.

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  • I just turned 26 years old.Male About 6 weeks ago I woke up with the right side of my neck very very swollen and painful. The swelling went from behind my ear and about halfway down my neck. It was so swollen that you could not see my jaw line. That day I went to the Doctor, and he diagnosed me with an upper respiratory issue and gave me 850mg of amoxicillin twice a day for 10 days. He also wanted me to go for blood word. After a few days after goign to the doctor the swelling went down alot, but i still had swollen glands on my neck. On the 7th day of taking amoxicillin I broke out in hives all over my upper body. I went back to the doctor that same day in a slight panic, he took me off the amoxicillin gave me a prescription for prednisone and sent me for blood work. Since I didn't eat all that morning and the night before I went for my blood work following the doctor appointment. After the blood work, i started taking the prednisone. A few days later the blood work came back and there were some concerns. The one thing he tested me for was mono.. That was negative. The other thing that came back a little funky were my liver enzymes. They were some were 3 times normal the others were 5 times normal. Since I barley drink, this was a concern. He wanted me to go a week and come back to see how i felt. A week later i went back and i still had swollen glands, i really didn't feel sick at all. I had some slight congestion, which ive had for about 4 months. MY glands in my neck were also still swollen. The one behind my ear was totally come, but there is a node on the right side of my neck below my jaw bone which is still swollen but not nearly as much as when i first went to the doctor. Its maybe the size of a gumball? Not crazy big or small. But its def there. Its weird cause that will get smaller and larger depending on the day.. Alright, so now about 3 - 4 weeks after first seeing the doctor i go back for my blood work to check on my liver. The results come back and the liver enzymes go back down to normal and my 2nd mono test was negative. He tells me to take clariton for what he believes is allergies and causing this issue then tells me to keep and eye on it and come back in 10 days. Fast forward to week 4 - 5 since my neck swelled up huge.. I go to the doctor. The node in my neck is much smaller but yet hes still there. Like i said earlier the node gets larger and smaller depending on the day. He is now totally out of ideas and sends me to an Ears Nose and Throat Doctor. The first appointment I could get at the ENT was Tuesday June 15th 2009. Almost exactly 6 weeks after my neck initially swelled up. So now its sunday night. I just finished watching the season premiere of True Blood and its about 10:30 pm. My girlfriend leaves to go home and i feel a weird round bump around the size of maybe 1cm across.. maybe larger on the bottom of my neck. The bump feels hard but not painful. ITs very low on my neck near my clavicle. So today i go to the ENT. I told him my whole story and he didnt seem too concern. He 1. Didnt think it was an upper respiratory issue or allergies. He told me that my neck swelled up very large that my body was fighting something and swollen glads are very common. I showed him the other lump on the bottom of my neck. This one actually concerns me more than the one near my jaw. He described this as supraclavicular.. I believe.. He was still not crazy concerned. He reassured me that he was nearly positive that this is nothing to worry about, and i prob had this when my whole neck was swollen (6 weeks ago) but just didn't notice it because i was so worried about the other one. He said it was also common for these nodes in the neck to swell up even the one near my clavicle. But to be on the safe side he is sending me to the "Lumps and Bumps" specialist in his group. The Doctor said that they can preform a CT scan and a fine needle aspiration if need be. He was pretty convinced that this doctor wont need to do those and he will just monitor them to ensure they are shirking. Well i made an appointment to see the Lumps and Bumps doctor on thursday June 17th and ill ssee what he says. Even thou the doctor waivesn't super concerned. I am totally freaked out by this whole situation. Everything been reading online sounds like cancer or something like that. It seems when there is swelling in your superclavicle nodes its never a good thing. Im not sure what to think, but i know that I'm scared. Im not sure if its me or not. But i also feel like the swollen node near my collar bone has gotten bigger since i first discovered it sunday. Im not positive thou. But it feels pretty big. I know this was a really long post, but does anyone have any thoughts about the issue im having? Any advice would be well appreciated. Ive had swollen lymph nodes on the right sde of my neck for years and now i noticed on my breast,although never as big as your describing.Had a dentist tell me cuz of my bad teeth it was swollen trying to fight infection.Doctors today seem so cavalier in their diagnoses.Try changing your diet and juicing fresh veges and fruits,especially carrot,spinach,beets,cucumber,blueberry,green apples,celery.Stop red meat intake,flour,fried/processed foods,and alcohol.Drink only steam distilled water with lemon sometime squeezed into it.Read Dr. N.W. Walker's books on juicing and nutrition.Get about half a dozen colonics.These are things I have started doing and am trying to correct years of abuse to my body.I am 45 and suffering from a variety of ailments ranging from kidney,liver,urinary and groin pains.You might start feeling better,DONT DRINK TAP WATER
    derekdrago 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I just turned 26 years old.Male About 6 weeks ago I woke up with the right side of my neck very very swollen and painful. The swelling went from behind my ear and about halfway down my neck. It was so swollen that you could not see my jaw line. That day I went to the Doctor, and he diagnosed me with an upper respiratory issue and gave me 850mg of amoxicillin twice a day for 10 days. He also wanted me to go for blood word. After a few days after goign to the doctor the swelling went down alot, but i still had swollen glands on my neck. On the 7th day of taking amoxicillin I broke out in hives all over my upper body. I went back to the doctor that same day in a slight panic, he took me off the amoxicillin gave me a prescription for prednisone and sent me for blood work. Since I didn't eat all that morning and the night before I went for my blood work following the doctor appointment. After the blood work, i started taking the prednisone. A few days later the blood work came back and there were some concerns. The one thing he tested me for was mono.. That was negative. The other thing that came back a little funky were my liver enzymes. They were some were 3 times normal the others were 5 times normal. Since I barley drink, this was a concern. He wanted me to go a week and come back to see how i felt. A week later i went back and i still had swollen glands, i really didn't feel sick at all. I had some slight congestion, which ive had for about 4 months. MY glands in my neck were also still swollen. The one behind my ear was totally come, but there is a node on the right side of my neck below my jaw bone which is still swollen but not nearly as much as when i first went to the doctor. Its maybe the size of a gumball? Not crazy big or small. But its def there. Its weird cause that will get smaller and larger depending on the day.. Alright, so now about 3 - 4 weeks after first seeing the doctor i go back for my blood work to check on my liver. The results come back and the liver enzymes go back down to normal and my 2nd mono test was negative. He tells me to take clariton for what he believes is allergies and causing this issue then tells me to keep and eye on it and come back in 10 days. Fast forward to week 4 - 5 since my neck swelled up huge.. I go to the doctor. The node in my neck is much smaller but yet hes still there. Like i said earlier the node gets larger and smaller depending on the day. He is now totally out of ideas and sends me to an Ears Nose and Throat Doctor. The first appointment I could get at the ENT was Tuesday June 15th 2009. Almost exactly 6 weeks after my neck initially swelled up. So now its sunday night. I just finished watching the season premiere of True Blood and its about 10:30 pm. My girlfriend leaves to go home and i feel a weird round bump around the size of maybe 1cm across.. maybe larger on the bottom of my neck. The bump feels hard but not painful. ITs very low on my neck near my clavicle. So today i go to the ENT. I told him my whole story and he didnt seem too concern. He 1. Didnt think it was an upper respiratory issue or allergies. He told me that my neck swelled up very large that my body was fighting something and swollen glads are very common. I showed him the other lump on the bottom of my neck. This one actually concerns me more than the one near my jaw. He described this as supraclavicular.. I believe.. He was still not crazy concerned. He reassured me that he was nearly positive that this is nothing to worry about, and i prob had this when my whole neck was swollen (6 weeks ago) but just didn't notice it because i was so worried about the other one. He said it was also common for these nodes in the neck to swell up even the one near my clavicle. But to be on the safe side he is sending me to the "Lumps and Bumps" specialist in his group. HiI understand that your primary concern is that its cancer, so lets assume that it is a lymph node and discuss the possibilities. Nodes are generally considered to be normal if they are up to 1 cm in diameter; however, some authors suggest that epitrochlear nodes larger than 0.5 cm or inguinal nodes larger than 1.5 cm should be considered abnormal . Little information exists to suggest that a specific diagnosis can be based on node size. However, in one series of 213 adults with unexplained lymphadenopathy, no patient with a lymph node smaller than 1 cm2 had cancer, while cancer was present in 8 percent of those with nodes from 1 cm2 to 2.25 cm2 in size, and in 38 percent of those with nodes larger than 2.25 cm2. In children, lymph nodes larger than 2 cm in diameter (along with an abnormal chest radiograph and the absence of ear, nose and throat symptoms) were predictive of granulomatous diseases (i.e., tuberculosis, cat-scratch disease or sarcoidosis) or cancer (predominantly lymphomas) . These studies were performed in referral centers, and conclusions may not apply in primary care settings. Also please note that an increase in size on serial examination is very significant. Regarding age: In primary care settings, patients 40 years of age and older with unexplained lymphadenopathy have about a 4 percent risk of cancer versus a 0.4 percent risk in patients younger than age 40. That is good for you.Regarding consistency: Stony-hard nodes are typically a sign of cancer, usually metastatic. Very firm, rubbery nodes suggest lymphoma. Softer nodes are the result of infections or inflammatory conditions. Suppurant nodes may be fluctuant. The term "shotty" refers to small nodes that feel like buckshot under the skin. What happens is that following infection lymph nodes occasionally remain permanently enlarged, though they should be non-tender, small (less the 1 cm), have a rubbery consistency and none of the characteristics described for malignancy or for infection. These are also known as 'Shotty Lymph nodes'. Regarding location, the right supraclavicular node drains the mediastinum, lungs, esophagus and can harbor infection or cancer from the lung, retroperitoneal or gastrointestinal tract. The left supraclavicular node drains the thorax, abdomen via thoracic duct and can enlarge as a result of lymphoma, thoracic or retroperitoneal cancer, bacterial or fungal infection. It could be due to many other causes if it is not the only lymph node that is enlarged. Regarding mobility, an enlarged lymph node that is mobile has a rather limited degree of mobility and usually recoils to its original position when tugged at by rolling the fingers over it.
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  • HiYour post sounds so similar to sth I had last Autumn. I had multiple lymph nodes enlarged on my right neck. It was diagnosed as Possible glandular fever. I took the same medicine as u did, i.e. Amoxicillin and also had an ultrasound of the neck and biopsy through needle. I was fine after 10-15 days but the glands were there for 8 months and definitely grew smaller with time. I think you should be in follow-up with your doctor and have a check over your blood.8 months after this I was diagnosed with grandular Tuberculosis and now I am on TB treatment in London Chest Hospital. I wish you all the best with health. How are you feeling now? What has been the diagnosis? ThanksW
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 3, 2010
    • 11:43 PM
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  • I have had this twice now. I'm 30 years old and in good health. About 3 years ago the nodes on the right side of my neck got so huge it freaked me out and i went to the doctor they told me to take motrin....What a joke.Well i'm not one for holistic medicine but my girlfriends mom used to be a hippy and knows all these different herbs that heal. So we went to her house and she made me some tea from 100% pure cut chaparral leaves. It tasted like dirt and very bitter but at this point i didn't care because it looked like i had two small eggs on the side of my neck and i was in loads of pain. Well when i woke up the next morning the nodes had shrunk in half. So the next day i drank about 5 cups of this horrible tasting tea. Well needless to say the next morning the swelling had gone down all the way and i was no longer in pain.Now as i type this my nodes are swollen again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGH!!!!! Well i ordered some 100% pure Chaparral leaves i hope they get here soon as i am once again in loads of pain and missing work!!!! Also don't get the Chaparral tea bags because they cut it with other herbs. If you can buy only 100% cut leaves and use a very small amount like about a teaspoon of the dried cut leaves per cup. Or if you live in the high deserts just go out and find the plant and pick the leaves yourself and let them dry fully. I would go pick them myself but i need them NOW lol. I knew i should of done this before just to have this wonder plant. FYI it also helps for any upper respiratory infections.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 1, 2010
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  • I just turned 26 years old.MaleAbout 6 weeks ago I woke up with the right side of my neck very very swollen and painful. The swelling went from behind my ear and about halfway down my neck. It was so swollen that you could not see my jaw line.That day I went to the Doctor, and he diagnosed me with an upper respiratory issue and gave me 850mg of amoxicillin twice a day for 10 days. He also wanted me to go for blood word. After a few days after goign to the doctor the swelling went down alot, but i still had swollen glands on my neck. On the 7th day of taking amoxicillin I broke out in hives all over my upper body. I went back to the doctor that same day in a slight panic, he took me off the amoxicillin gave me a prescription for prednisone and sent me for blood work. Since I didn't eat all that morning and the night before I went for my blood work following the doctor appointment. After the blood work, i started taking the prednisone.A few days later the blood work came back and there were some concerns. The one thing he tested me for was mono.. That was negative. The other thing that came back a little funky were my liver enzymes. They were some were 3 times normal the others were 5 times normal. Since I barley drink, this was a concern. He wanted me to go a week and come back to see how i felt. A week later i went back and i still had swollen glands, i really didn't feel sick at all. I had some slight congestion, which ive had for about 4 months. MY glands in my neck were also still swollen. The one behind my ear was totally come, but there is a node on the right side of my neck below my jaw bone which is still swollen but not nearly as much as when i first went to the doctor. Its maybe the size of a gumball? Not crazy big or small. But its def there. Its weird cause that will get smaller and larger depending on the day.. Alright, so now about 3 - 4 weeks after first seeing the doctor i go back for my blood work to check on my liver. The results come back and the liver enzymes go back down to normal and my 2nd mono test was negative. He tells me to take clariton for what he believes is allergies and causing this issue then tells me to keep and eye on it and come back in 10 days.Fast forward to week 4 - 5 since my neck swelled up huge.. I go to the doctor. The node in my neck is much smaller but yet hes still there. Like i said earlier the node gets larger and smaller depending on the day. He is now totally out of ideas and sends me to an Ears Nose and Throat Doctor. The first appointment I could get at the ENT was Tuesday June 15th 2009. Almost exactly 6 weeks after my neck initially swelled up. So now its sunday night. I just finished watching the season premiere of True Blood and its about 10:30 pm. My girlfriend leaves to go home and i feel a weird round bump around the size of maybe 1cm across.. maybe larger on the bottom of my neck. The bump feels hard but not painful. ITs very low on my neck near my clavicle. So today i go to the ENT. I told him my whole story and he didnt seem too concern. He 1. Didnt think it was an upper respiratory issue or allergies. He told me that my neck swelled up very large that my body was fighting something and swollen glads are very common. I showed him the other lump on the bottom of my neck. This one actually concerns me more than the one near my jaw. He described this as supraclavicular.. I believe..He was still not crazy concerned. He reassured me that he was nearly positive that this is nothing to worry about, and i prob had this when my whole neck was swollen (6 weeks ago) but just didn't notice it because i was so worried about the other one. He said it was also common for these nodes in the neck to swell up even the one near my clavicle. But to be on the safe side he is sending me to the "Lumps and Bumps" specialist in his group. The Doctor said that they can preform a CT scan and a fine needle aspiration if need be. He was pretty convinced that this doctor wont need to do those and he will just monitor them to ensure they are shirking. Well i made an appointment to see the Lumps and Bumps doctor on thursday June 17th and ill ssee what he says. Even thou the doctor waivesn't super concerned. I am totally freaked out by this whole situation. Everything been reading online sounds like cancer or something like that. It seems when there is swelling in your superclavicle nodes its never a good thing. Im not sure what to think, but i know that I'm scared. Im not sure if its me or not. But i also feel like the swollen node near my collar bone has gotten bigger since i first discovered it sunday. Im not positive thou. But it feels pretty big. I know this was a really long post, but does anyone have any thoughts about the issue im having? Any advice would be well appreciated.I had a swollen lymph node on the right side of the neck.. It had been there for at least 9 months..I would mention it to the dr. but it was never taken too seriously. Some days it would bother me more than others... In february I had some dental work done and I needed to have a tooth extracted..It had been cracked for quite a while but I never had any pain and no cash to get a cap...Any way the dentist said it had to come out because it was seriously infected..the tooth was taken out and .after a few days of antibiotics...the lymph node was no longer swollen and I actually started feeling better health wise than I had in a long time.
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  • Any answer yet? Ive been going thru the same thing for 9 mos now.
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