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My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot.. I'm scared?

My left front of my neck where carotid artery is spasms and hurts the carotid artery feels swollen and I think there's a knot.. I'm scared?

Torticollis: The Sternoclidomasoid" Muscle goes into spasm. I believe this what is happening to you. It is a benign condition. Nothing to worry about,although it is painful and cannot turn neck in all direction. Rx Anti Infalmmatory like Ibuprofen Ice application, Local Muscle recant like Bengay /Flexall/Deep heating and Oral Muscle Relaxant will help you. And if not better in 24 H. get examined by your MD. ...Read more

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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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Hello! What can a swollen hard, non painful gland on the right side of the neck, on the carotid artery be ? I had it for more than 6 month..

Hello! What can a swollen hard, non painful gland on the right side of the neck, on the carotid artery be ? I had it for more than 6 month..

Cyst or node: It could be a sebaceous cyst or a lymph node. If it is small it is probably nothing to be concerned about. If it is larger than one centimeter (half inch) then you should let a doctor check it and make sure it is something benign. ...Read more

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Can an ENT tell if your lymphnodes are swollen? Can he tell if its your carotid artery?

Can an ENT tell if your lymphnodes are swollen? Can he tell if its your carotid artery?

Yes: A good physical exam can usually determine the difference between an enlarged lymph node and a carotid artery which are often confused in older patients with skinny necks. ...Read more

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Feel like there is big knot in carotid artery feels swollen beats hard. Can't see doctor till Monday family won't let me go to ER ?

Feel like there is big knot in carotid artery feels swollen beats hard. Can't see doctor till Monday family won't let me go to ER ?

Carotid body: Yes, that's a structure of the human body that serves as a sensor that makes sure the brain gets blood (and therefore oxygen). That beating you feel is the 'pulse' - and I assume you have a thin neck, which is why you can feel it so well. I don't think you need to go to the ER for that -- it would be a waste of your time. If you're still unsure, a regular appointment with a family doctor is OK. ...Read more

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My husband had carotid artery surgery a week before thanksgiving and has had feet so swollen since he got home he has been unable to walk. ?

My husband had carotid artery surgery a week before thanksgiving and has had feet so swollen since he got home he has been unable to walk. ?

Go to Emergency Dept: Swollen feet and lower legs after any type of surgery (and associated sedation and anesthesia) is worrisome for deep vein thrombosis (blood clots). There are of course multiple other reasons, especially if the patient has had swollen feet previously (such as due to congestive heart failure). But it is prudent to seek immediate or urgent medical care, especially if you have not spoken with surgeon. ...Read more

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Carotid artery is swollen and beats hard. My throat has been sore and artery spasms. Been like this for four days can't see doctor til Monday.

Carotid artery is swollen and beats hard. My throat has been sore and artery spasms. Been like this for four days can't see doctor til Monday.

Your artery: Is deep so you would not see it if it was swollen. A sore throat hurts but as long as you can swallow you are ok. You should be fine waiting till monday. Hurtful not harmful ...Read more

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Carotid artery? (ent said don't worry about it) swollen/painful for 10 mo. Ct scan showed nothing abnormal. Should i see a vascular doc or do nothing?

Why....: ....Do you think this is your carotid artery? There are many things that can cause unusual sensations in the neck. Most carotid artery disease causes no sensation at all in the neck. ...Read more

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Sharp throbbing pains each side of throat in front in internal carotid artery region. Ears feel clogged/fuzzy. Right LN swollen. Worse with exertion?

Sharp throbbing pains each side of throat in front in internal carotid artery region. Ears feel clogged/fuzzy. Right LN swollen. Worse with exertion?

An infection: It sounds like you have a viral or bacterial infection. Get a throat culture to make sure you do not have strep throat which is usually the only reason that you may need antibiotics for this. In the meantime, tylenol and/or motrin, fluids, chloraseptic or cepastat and rest. If you get much worse, severe headaches, throat closes, or shortness of breath, or anything else scary, then go to the ER ...Read more

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Is it possible that I could be confusing an carotid anurysm with a swollen lymphnode I mean the knot or swollen thing is right on the artery or is ?

Is it possible that I could be confusing an carotid anurysm with a swollen lymphnode I mean the knot or swollen thing is right on the artery or is ?

See / Feel Node: A carotid artery anuerysm requires a scan of the area. Barring a hematoma/lymphangioma, most often if you can feel it, it is round in nature, it is most likely the lymph node. It is more than likely, especially in the teenage population, the lymph node. ...Read more

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Carotid Arteries (Definition)

The carotid arteries start in the chest and progress up the sides of the neck. About mid neck they split and one branch supplies blood to the face the, the other continues without branches into the skull and supplies ...Read more


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