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I have had swollen lymph nodes in neck/groin for over three months now. Also, day after drinking alcohol I have painful swelling in neck. Why?

I have had swollen lymph nodes in neck/groin for over three months now. Also, day after drinking alcohol I have painful swelling in neck. Why?

Need further eval: Any persistent swollen gland(s) should be evaluated further. Painful nodes after drinking alcohol is not a common feature of lymphoma- it usually points to other things; but it has been described in Hodgkins Disease. Although most likely due to something else, Hodgkins is seen in Your age group. Please get checked out. ...Read more

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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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I have swelling all around my neck. It is painful. What could it be?

I have swelling all around my neck.  It is painful. What could it be?

See a doctor: Cannot diagnose without seeing and finding out what other symptoms you may have. This could be potentially quite several and recommend you see somebody soon. Hope this is minor and you are better quickly. ...Read more

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I have a very large swollen area on the side of my neck. Seems like a bug bite. It's very painful and my neck is stiff. The swelling is not going down?

I have a very large swollen area on the side of my neck. Seems like a bug bite. It's very painful and my neck is stiff. The swelling is not going down?

See your doctor: Can't help you with what you described on this platform, meanwhile you can take an OTC antihistamine and a pain killer, unless contraindicated, and apply ice to the area, good luck ...Read more

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I had a little bump on the back of my neck for a long time and over the weekend it became very large and painful. What can I use to get the swelling d?

I had a little bump on the back of my neck for a long time and over the weekend it became very large and painful. What can I use to get the swelling d?

Neck lump: Likely a skin surface cyst or infection, it would be best to see a doctor to determine the best course. Otherwise, warm moist compresses and avoid squeezing the bump. ...Read more

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What may be the cause of thickness around the spine just below my neck. my neck is sore almost constantly but the swelling is not painful to touch ?

What may be the cause of thickness around the spine just below my neck. my neck is sore almost constantly but the swelling is not painful to touch ?

Your age is needed: When you say "thickness" around the spine I assume you are talking about the musculature in your neck. To answer your question it would be helpful to know your age and occupation and any other symptoms like loss of cervical motion, tingling in your arms. I would suggest that you consult with your family physician to ascertain the cause of this "thickness". ...Read more

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Hi doctor on my right side of my neck it is always painful there is no swelling but my neck crackles and snapping slight noise when i turn side wards?

Hi doctor on my right side of my neck it is always painful there is no swelling but my neck crackles and snapping slight noise when i turn side wards?

Family practice : You are probably developing arthritis of the spine. Degenerative disk disease causing strain on the muscles and ligaments that hold your vertebrae in place. They get sore causing limited rom. Physical therapy is helpful. ...Read more

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Noticeable swelling right side of neck directly under ear. Painful to the touch. Tripled in size overnight.

Noticeable swelling right side of neck directly under ear. Painful to the touch. Tripled in size overnight.

Lymphadenitis: Could be inflammation of upper neck lymph nodes due to a viral upper respiratory or ear infection. If does not respond to over the counter nsaids such as Ibuprofen within 24 to 48 hours, you need to be evaluated by an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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I have been in pain since Monday with my neck and left shoulder blade. I have a swelling at top of spine which is very tender and painful?

Exam: I suggest the use of OTC Advil or Aleve (naproxen) if you are not allergic to these medicines. I strongly recommend OTC BioFreeze to relieve muscular pain. You MUST BE EXAMINED ...Read more

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Good evening. I've had a chronic head/neck skin infection since 6/2013, with painful swelling, abscess w/odd smelling fluid, tiny hard yellow grain?

Good evening. I've had a chronic head/neck skin infection since 6/2013, with painful swelling, abscess w/odd smelling fluid, tiny hard yellow grain?

Sebaceous cyst: probably infected and you have gone too long without having it evaluated and treated. You may need a surgical excisional or drainage. Call for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a soft swelling on the right side between the collarbone and neck. There is no lump and not painful. But sometimes caused light headed when tou?

I have a soft swelling on the right side between the collarbone and neck. There is no lump and not painful. But sometimes caused light headed when tou?

Doubt they are relat: I am very doubtful that the swelling that you were describing has anything to do with the light-headedness. The swelling is a benign phenomena, just some slight edema. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth cause painful swelling on the lower jaw and neck?

Can wisdom teeth cause painful swelling on the lower jaw and neck?

Yes: Infection from impacted wisdom teeth can cause this. Your dentist may want to put you on antibiotics and/or drain any swelling. Or it is possible they may elect to extract immediately. Get this looked at asap! ...Read more

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I have a painful irritated throat with swelling in the sides of my neck and popping in the ears. What is this?

I have a painful irritated throat with swelling in the sides of my neck and popping in the ears. What is this?

Probably a URI: It sounds like you may have an upper respiratory infection or uri. It sounds like you may have a mild sore throat, possible swollen glands, nasal congestion, stuffed ears which is common with a uri. Should resolve on its own in a few days, but if not, you may want to get checked out by a medical provider as you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had stye in my eye which was painful and today I noticed swelling in my right neck beneath jaw & next to ear. The pain is increasing too. Connected?

Likely Connected: A sty represents an infection. The swelling you describe sounds like the lymph nodes in this area are responding to your infection. The job of a lymph node is to fight and prevent the spread of infection. You did not say if the swellings are on the same side as your sty; if they are then the swellings represent nodes. See an ophthalmologist ASAP as you need treatment. ...Read more

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Swollen and painful to touch lymph nodes under jaw on both sides + swelling at the base of the "thing" under my tongue. Swelling causing tight neck?

Swollen and painful to touch lymph nodes under jaw on both sides + swelling at the base of the "thing" under my tongue.
Swelling causing tight neck?

See doctor/dentist.: You likely have an infection in the mouth (dental caries , gingivitis etc). The tongue swelling does not cause stiff neck which may possibly be a sign of meningitis. You need to check with your doctor if the stiff neck worsens in the absence of other explanation. ...Read more

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Elevated d dimer level, CT scan of lungs normal.Left chest/neck/shoulder pain. Leg slight swelling and painful twitches in legs(ultrasound normal)why?

Elevated d dimer level, CT scan of lungs normal.Left chest/neck/shoulder pain. Leg slight swelling and painful twitches in legs(ultrasound normal)why?

Need more informatio: We need more information on your laboratory finding, your clincial evlaaution, your examination. Your physicians were looking for blood clots, emboli. You need to discuss this with your physicians. ...Read more