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Headache. Sore throat. Swollen glands. Aches in joints. Lethargy. No fever. Help?

Headache. Sore throat. Swollen glands. Aches in joints. Lethargy. No fever. Help?

Just started?: If this just started then I would suspect a viral infection. See an Urgent Care or your Family Doctor for evaluation. If you have had this for weeks or months then it is a little more difficult to say. I would suggest seeing your Family Doctor or a Rheumatologist for evaluation and blood work. Possibilities include arthritis, lyme disease, fibromyalgia, post-viral syndrome. ...Read more

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For 5 years I have felt constantly fatigued. Frequent muscle & joint pain. Occasional nausea. I regularly get sore throat & swollen glands?

For 5 years I have felt constantly fatigued. Frequent muscle & joint pain. Occasional nausea. I regularly get sore throat & swollen glands?

? CFS: You may have chronic fatigue syndrome. It is medically unexplained fatigue for over 6 months not relieved by rest and interfering with normal activities plus 4 or more of the following:
impared memory/concentration
sore throat
tender neck or axillary lymph nodes
muscle pain
multijoint pain
new headaches
unrefreshing sleep
postexertion malaise. ...Read more

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My son has swollen glands, achey joints and woke up with three blue vein like lines on his chest. Can u tell me a possible cause?

My son has swollen glands, achey joints and woke up with three blue vein like lines on his chest. Can u tell me a possible cause?

Possible infection: In children strep infection of the throat is very commom - in severe cases it can present as "rheumatoid fever" and cause additional symptoms. If your son has these symptoms and fever - shoudl be examined by by his doctor and treated accordingly. ...Read more

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I have swollen glands and sore gums? What should I do?

I have swollen glands and sore gums? What should I do?

Too many reason: Swollen glands usually mean your body is trying to make white blood cell to flight infection. Sore gums can mean many things. If you have deep pockets around your teeth where bacteria can accumulate and form biofilm then it could definitely trigger swollen glands. ...Read more

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Can swollen glands cause a sore jaw?

Can swollen glands cause a sore jaw?

Yes.: Whether lymph nodes or other glands that are swollen - this can cause pain. ...Read more

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Over last year noticed swollen glands left side of neck. Last couple of months more have popped up and above collarbone. Constant dull ache?

Over last year noticed swollen glands left side of neck. Last couple of months more have popped up and above collarbone. Constant dull ache?

See doctor: Multiple enlarged lymph glands warrant an investigation that can only be done through physical examination, may be some tests and may even need a biopsy. ...Read more

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Tested neg. After 8 week exsposer to HIV. Symptoms are muscle aches & swollen glands. Is it still possible for HIV? What else could it be? Plz help

Seroconversion: Seroconversion can take up to 6 months, so a negative test at 8 weeks post-exposure is no guarantee that you do not have HIV. I hope you were able to receive appropriate post-exposure chemoprophylaxis. Muscle aches and swollen glands are vague symptoms that could be caused by a number of different viral infections, or could be an early sign of acute HIV infection. Please see Dr. For more tests. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen glands and a neck ache for over a month?

A variety of things: Infectious mononucleosis is just one of numerous illnesses which can present in this fashion. Please go see your doctor. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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Is it common to have a cold, swollen glands in the neck and a cold sore?

Is it common to have a cold, swollen glands in the neck and a cold sore?

Yes.: Cold sores are viral infections. Especially the first time you get the infection, there can be a lot of lymph node swelling, pain and even fever. Recurrences of cold sores will often happen when you are stressed, such as with another viral infection. Lymph nodes in the neck will swell from both cold sores on the lip or colds. ...Read more

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Have sore throart, swollen glands, no voice, for a month, did mono and strep test, both negative, dr not to sure what is cauing this, why?

Have sore throart, swollen glands, no voice, for a month, did mono and strep test, both negative, dr not to sure what is cauing this, why?

Hoarse - sore throat: Hello.
It sounds like there may be a viral, GERD or allergy component to your ailments. I would recommend an evaluation from your ENT physician who could perform an endoscopic examination of the throat to see the vocal cords and lining to determine what the source of the inflammation is. ...Read more

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I have had sore n swollen glands under both my armpits for a week. What could this mean?

I have had sore n swollen glands under both my armpits for a week. What could this mean?

Infection: This suggests infection - either localized "boils" in the underarms from shaving and/or ingrown hairs; or a symptom of a larger, systemic infection somewhere in the shoulder/breast region, or a generalized infection. Any other swollen nodes? Any fevers, rashes? If still present in a week, this should be checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Been aching for months but that has gone, I have been tested for glandular fever once and was negative, now I have slightly swollen glands and wind?

Been aching for months but that has gone, I have been tested for glandular fever once and was negative, now I have slightly swollen glands and wind?

EBV: Epstein barr virus is the cause of infectious mononucleosis, but there are several other organisms and non-infectious conditions which can create a similar clinical picture. Best thing to do is to see a knowledgeable physician and be worked-up correctly. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a sore throat and swollen glands?

What's the best way to treat a sore throat and swollen glands?

Doctor's visit: Depends on a number of things:
what the swollen glands feel like
what the throat looks like
fever?
Elevated wbc?
Any other medical history?
How long it has been going on.
Any other findings on exam. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to treat a sore throat/swollen glands?

What are some natural ways to treat a sore throat/swollen glands?

Salt water gargles: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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I woke up with a swollen oozing bump on my lip along with hot flashes swollen glands and body aches what is wrong with me?

I woke up with a swollen oozing bump on my lip along with hot flashes swollen glands and body aches what is wrong with me?

Viral infection: This may be a viral infection and a herpes simplex cold sore may be forming on your lip. Take in good fluid intake and also take Tylenol (acetaminophen). The viral infection may localize to the upper respiratory tract or intestines. See your physician if high fever, severe cough, or profuse vomiting or diarrhea develops. ...Read more

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Can health anxiety make you feel like you have swollen glands in your neck when you don't? Or could it just be sore neck muscles?

Can health anxiety make you feel like you have swollen glands in your neck when you don't? Or could it just be sore neck muscles?

Yes: You can feel a throat constriction or globus sensation from anxiety. You can have a sore neck from non-cancer lymph nodes (eg a viral throat infection or bacterial such as strep throat) or from muscle strains. ...Read more

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Have very bad swollen glands on neck, sore throart, no voice and sores on scalp since oct 1 2014, seen family dr twice says shingles meds not working?

Have very bad swollen glands on neck, sore throart, no voice and sores on scalp since oct 1 2014, seen family dr twice says shingles meds not working?

Not shingles?: Your first three symptoms do not sound like shingles but severe pharyngitis/laryngitis, probably viral. You don't say if the sores on the scalp are painful, but the scalp is not a common place for shingles. I suspect you have an associated folliculitis (infected/inflamed hair follicles) and may need topical or oral antibiotics. I would consult a dermatologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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Since I was about 12, now 36 I get ugly headaches, sporadic swollen glands (armpits), (later also with sore breasts) & always tired. Please help.

Since I was about 12, now 36 I get ugly headaches, sporadic swollen glands (armpits), (later also with sore breasts) & always tired. Please help.

Cannot diagnose: This requires a detailed history (write down all relevant info), and visit to a good family doctor or general internist for a physical exam, possible imaging studies and labs and full diagnostic evaluation. This cannot be solved over the internet and you must see somebody face to face. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been having a sore/ irriated throat off/on for 3months, mucus is constantly in the back of my throat especially when it's sore. No swollen glands?

I've been having a sore/ irriated throat off/on for 3months, mucus is constantly in the back of my throat especially when it's sore. No swollen glands?

Likely sinusitis: Drainage from chronic sinusitis commonly causes this condition whether infectious or allergic. To be safe, go see your family doctor who can look in the back and determine the cause. Other conditions can cause this less commonly, but they can be serious if missed. ...Read more

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Sore bumps on head, swollen glands in neck, throat feels enlarged? Been doing this for over a year now.

Sore bumps on head, swollen glands in neck, throat feels enlarged? Been doing this for over a year now.

Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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I had oral sex then a week later swollen glands and a sore throat came, I'm 19 yr female what could this be?

I had oral sex then a week later swollen glands and a sore throat came, I'm 19 yr female what could this be?

Maybe strep, flu, etc.: One should be sure to tell the doctor exactly what kind of oral sex is going on. Sore throat symptoms can be from cold viruses, strep throat, allergies, etc... It can be difficult to tell what the cause is. If symptoms only last 1-2 days, it is more likely allergies or irritation. There are rapid 5-minute tests for strep, so a primary care doctor can diagnose strep and start antibiotics. ...Read more

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Had 2 front crowns 3 years ago, been having pain and now sore throat swollen glands, no voice could this be from the crowns?

Had 2 front crowns 3 years ago, been having pain and now sore throat swollen glands, no voice could this be from the crowns?

Front crowns: Your symptoms are generally unrelated to dental treatment.
However, it the pain is in the teeth that have the crowns, you need to have them examined by a dentist. ...Read more

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I have a more severe sore throat than normal for the 4 days, but it was pretty light on the first day. She also has swollen glands, and congestion.

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I have a more severe sore throat than normal for the 4 days, but it was pretty light on the first day. She also has swollen glands, and congestion.

Swollen glands: I agree with as dr. Thompson, swollen glands with a sore throat and congestion are common. Generally this is all caused by a virus and is best treated by doing things to ease your symptoms and amake you feel better. If the glands are extremely tender or are in a location other than just below your jaw or the front of your neck, you probably want to make sure you don't have strep. ...Read more

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Swollen slightly tender bump on lower bottom left of skull but no trauma there. Aches overall, swollen glands, water retention & slight dizziness@2wks?

Swollen slightly tender bump on lower bottom left of skull but no trauma there. Aches overall, swollen glands, water retention & slight dizziness@2wks?

Lymph node: Sounds like an inflamed lymph node and then an infection with your other symptoms. Could be all viral. Rest hydrate and if no improvement or worse see doctor for evaluation ...Read more

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Very sore throat, swollen glands, tired, cough. Had it for 10 days, what do you think it is?

Very sore throat, swollen glands, tired, cough. Had it for 10 days, what do you think it is?

Viral syndrome or: Allergies. More likely viral... Could be mononucleosis, which is a virus and lasts a while. ...Read more

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No, I am a non smoker. The cough has been copounded by sore throat, swollen glands, headace and nausia.?

No, I am a non smoker. The cough has been copounded by sore throat, swollen glands, headace and nausia.?

Viral infection: The symptoms are classical for a flu-like syndrome that is involving both the upper respiratory tract (sore throat, swollen glands) and lower respiratory tract (cough). As a rule, symptoms that get worse after 5 days can be treated by an empirical antibiotic and symptoms that linger after 10 days should be evaluated by a primary care physician. ...Read more

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How does it feel when you have swollen glands in your throat? Does it feel like you can't really swallow and almost like you have a sore throat?

How does it feel when you have swollen glands in your throat? Does it feel like you can't really swallow and almost like you have a sore throat?

Yes: There are glands, adenoids, tonsils and any can be inflamed and enlarge and be part of sore throat symptoms -pharyngitis and fell obstructive.
Some folks require surgery if recurrent or suspicious for tumor ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Tender Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Lymph nodes are small structures that filter lymphatic fluid & contain white blood cells. They are part of our immune system & help to fight infections. When inflamed they can feel ...Read more


Dr. Bruce Weisbrot
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Joint Aches (Definition)

Discomfort emanating from the connection between two bones ...Read more