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A 48-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when you have swollen tonsils plus some stiff neck?

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Dr. Howard Gollup
Pediatrics 43 years experience
Possible lymph nodes: Tonsils are lymph nodes--the structures that hold many cells of our immune system. They can get enlarged as a response to infection. There are glands in the neck often called 'swollen glands' when enlarged, so often the two go together and both can feel sore if inflamed. Strep throat and many viruses can cause this. Cancer is rare for what you describe, but i strongly recommend seeing your doctor.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Muscle spasm: A sore throat can irritate the muscles of the neck causing stiffness or pain in the back or side of the neck. Swollen glands can cause the same on the front of neck under the jaw. See your doctor.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

My question is what causes headaches, swollen tonsils, stiff neck, and earaches?

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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
Urgent Care 26 years experience
Throat infection : The group of symptoms listed can form a cascade. Tonsils can be swollen from infection, possibly viral or bacterial. Referred pain from the throat to the ears is common, so the ears hurt. When there is an infection in the throat, lymph nodes in the neck would swell, which may become sore, and cause the neck to feel stiff.

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