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Can lymph nodes swell infrequently ? I've been to the doc for neck swelling and arm pit pain but 4 docs have said they feel no swelling any ideas ?

Can lymph nodes swell infrequently ? I've been to the doc for neck swelling and arm pit pain but 4 docs have said they feel no swelling any ideas ?

Yes, and several: Lymph nodes part of our immune defense system for virus, microorganisms & cancer. About 1% of blood plasma (water) which departs arterial-end of capillaries is not picked back up at venous-end, body wide. Lymph vessels return this excess water (& whatever is in the water) from around cells back into the blood stream. Lymph nodes, full of white blood cells, remove items/cells recognized not healthy. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What could cause sudden neck swelling?

What could cause sudden neck swelling?

Many things: The list of answers to your question is so long it cannot be explained here. Causes range from strep throat or other infection to allergic reaction to swollen lymph nodes or goiter. If the neck swelling causes trouble breathing, that is an emergency. If not, it may not be emergent, but you should probably start by seeing your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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How common is it for somebody to get neck swelling?

How common is it for somebody to get neck swelling?

Neck swelling: A numer of condition cause neck masses, swelling, or limps. Lymph nodes are all over the neck, enlarge to help fight local infections. Thyroglossal cysts can get infected, small lump becoming larger and tender. Goiter, swelling of the thyroid, can get very large. Thyroid and cancer in the lymph nodes, and other sources of swelling are possible. Get any swelling checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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What would cause left neck swelling during the day but seems to go away while laying down?

What would cause left neck swelling during the day but seems to go away while laying down?

Muscle strain, fatty: Tumor, hormone effect- ?Cushing's syndrome etc are possibilities. See your dr for reassurance. Take care!i. ...Read more

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Facial and neck swelling that relates to the side i lay down on example lay with left side on the pillow left side swells ?

Facial and neck swelling that relates to the side i lay down on example lay with left side on the pillow left side swells ?

Face swelling: It sounds like something is causing excess fluid in the tissues of the face and neck, which moves with gravity to the lowest side when you lay down and still. Causes may include allergic reactions, infections of the teeth or sinuses, kidney disease, blockages to the veins in the neck, etc. If this finding persists more than a day or two, get it checked out by a physician. ...Read more

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What causes neck swelling and extreme tenderness?

What causes neck swelling and extreme tenderness?

See MD!: Need more information, but whether there is inflammation, infection or another process going on, you need to be examined so this can be evaluated properly and treated appropriately. Make the call now. ...Read more

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Why am i having neck problems and neck swelling after abruptly ending effexor (venlafaxine)?

Why am i having neck problems and neck swelling after abruptly ending effexor (venlafaxine)?

Discontinuation : Stopping Effexor (venlafaxine) abruptly can cause many physical symptoms and is rarely recommended. Go to www. Effexor (venlafaxine). Com to read about the symptoms. I don't quite understand what you mean by swelling in your neck. If that is a separate issue, you may need to see your doctor for further evaluation of that. It could be tight muscles from suddenly stopping an anti anxiety med which Effexor (venlafaxine) is also. ...Read more

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Left side of neck swelling goes away when laying down then starts swelling when i get up. What could this be?

Left side of neck swelling goes away when laying down then starts swelling when i  get up. What could this be?

Vascular malf: This could be a vascular malformation - for example a venous malformation that is swelling when dependent. See your physician for a good history and physical to determine exactly what you have. ...Read more

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Neck swelling from whiplash injury?

Neck swelling from whiplash injury?

Team Approach: Swelling can often occur with whiplash injuries. It is wise to have a team of providers, Medical Doctor, Doctor of Chiropractic, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a massage therapist. ...Read more

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