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swollen feeling in neck...anxiety??

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  • Posted By: Harleydvdsnrules
  • April 30, 2008
  • 00:07 AM

Hello, I am new to the board and was hoping for some feedback regarding my problem. I have been under some stress for quite some time now, but not enough to think that stress and anxiety would be making me feel the way I have been felling for the past 4 months. I am a smoker and have been for only 2 years now, so I am sure it isn't helping my problem but I don't think it is the main cause of my problem. About 4 months ago I started to develop a "tight" feeling in my neck, almost felt like someone was choking me, and it was also becoming more difficult to swallow. I didn't make a big deal of it at first, but about 2 months later I woke up one morning and saw a couple small lumps on the left side of my throat, on the tonsil area. After a day, they got alot bigger, and had white puss covering them. The next day, I developed one big lump on the right side, which was also covered in white puss. Besides just the lumps being there, I could barely swallow and when I did it was extremely painful, and I had swollen lymph nodes on each side of my neck. So I went to the doctors about 2 days after the lumps have been there. I got tested for strep, and it came out negative. The doctor said I had the symptoms of strep so he put me on antibiotics for 2 weeks, and gave me some swelling medication to make the lumps go down. The swelling medication only took about a day to work. It was a one time dose he gave me and it helped alot and I was able to swallow without it being painful but it still felt uncomfortable. Well it has been almost 2 months now since I have been done with the antibiotics. Two weeks ago, I went to my PCP because the lumps are still there. The lumps on both sides are alot smaller now but they are definitely still there, not covered in white puss anymore. My doctor told me that the lumps in my mouth were just tonsils that are sticking out a little, and that it is completely normal. I told her that my throat has been feeling tight ever since the lumps even started, and that it is difficult for me to swallow. Also I have the urge to swallow every 10 seconds, almost like I have alot of plegm in my throat that just wont go down. I also still have swollen lymph nodes in my neck that have been there since this all started. Smaller in size but still there. After all of these syptoms, my PCP told me that she thought it was my anxiety, so she put me on this anxiety RX which I have been taking for 2 weeks now and the feeling is not any better. I want my throat looked at, without feeling like I am crazy and it is all in my head. I was hoping someone could possibly tell me what my syptoms sound like, other than anxiety, because like I said I don't think I have enough anxiety to be causing all this. I would appreciate any feedback anyone can give.
Thank you,

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