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I have a painful gland in the back of my neck, stiffness when I turn my head and corresponding shoulder pain. Ideas?

I have a painful gland in the back of my neck, stiffness when I turn my head and corresponding shoulder pain. Ideas?

See below: Neck pain with stiffness usually comes from degenerative changes to the disc or joints. The pain can commonly refer to the head, shoulders, or even shoulder blade. If there is a "pinched nerve" in the neck this can also lead to shoulder blade pain. ...Read more

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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more


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Bronchitis 3+ mos pain - left on neck; Dr said was gland, 6+ mo ltr, still pain off/on @pulse on neck+ shoulder pain; have cfs & mvp; shld I go to ER?

Bronchitis 3+ mos pain - left on neck; Dr said was gland, 6+ mo ltr, still pain off/on @pulse on neck+ shoulder pain; have cfs & mvp; shld I go to ER?

Your call: Inflammation and infection often cause enlargement of lymph nodes which, if in certain spot, will cause some specific musculoskeletal issues. Talk to your doctor assuming you have one. Would recommend potentially seeing either a pulmonary/cardiac specialist or rheumatologist if you have not already. ...Read more

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Lump on the middle of the left lower neck (two weeks since noticed). Recent low level neck/shoulder pain, Headaches & Potential swollen shoulder.?

Lump on the middle of the left lower neck (two weeks since noticed). Recent low level neck/shoulder pain, Headaches & Potential swollen shoulder.?

See doctor: This is something you really need to talk to your doctor about given that it has been present for over 2 weeks and you are having systemic symptoms. Don't delay ...Read more

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Neck shoulder pain and swollen face?

Neck shoulder pain and swollen face?

Varies: There are a lot of potential causes, but I would definitely be checked as soon as possible. An abcess would be a potential cause and is potentially dangerous. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Dry mouth, lips, throat. Knee/shoulder pain. Negative Ro/SS-A, La/SS-B and ANA and Rosa bengal test. Normal US parotid gland. Can still be Sjogren?

Dry mouth, lips, throat. Knee/shoulder pain. Negative Ro/SS-A, La/SS-B and ANA and Rosa bengal test. Normal US parotid gland. Can still be Sjogren?

Yes: Stop the phenylbutazone as this can cause an aplastic anemia. Make sure your thyroid function tests are normal as well. That said, you can treat the dry eyes with meds suck as Salagen or Evoxac (cevimeline) and see if they help. Dry mouth alone makes Sjogrens unlikely but still possible, even with negative blood tests. In this situation, a lip biopsy can be helpful. ...Read more

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Can acute sinusitis cause extreme left neck gland swelling, right is also swollen but not as severe. Sinusitis is unresponsive so far to 2weeks amox.

Can acute sinusitis cause extreme left neck gland swelling, right is also swollen but not as severe. Sinusitis is unresponsive so far to 2weeks amox.

Reevaluation: I would get that checked out. It sounds like what you may have may be resistant to amoxicillin, or you may have something else going on. The swelling may just be swollen lymph nodes, but if it is still ongoing after 2 weeks of antibiotics, you should be examined. Good luck! ...Read more

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My right side neck gland swollen for 4 months. Swelled up after a a viral bug. Left side went down. I had blood work and a CT scan. They couldn't find what cause it but I do have inflammation. I get 2-3 sec. Painful twinges on occasion. What is it?

Possibly reactive: Hello Sabrina. It seems like reactive lymphadenopathy due to infection most likely. You need a trial of antibiotic therapy and if the swelling persists then you may need further work up to rule out other etiologies. ...Read more

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I have non-itchy red spots on arms and legs, a couple on belly and side of torso. No fever. Fatigue, slightly swollen neck gland, back and head ache.

I have non-itchy red spots on arms and legs, a couple on belly and side of torso. No fever. Fatigue, slightly swollen neck gland, back and head ache.

Diagnosis uncertain: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Shoulder pain, feeling of numbness at the left part of head and neck, shoulder blade feeling of needle pins esp. When I worry so much?

Shoulder pain, feeling of numbness at the left part of head and neck, shoulder blade feeling of needle pins esp. When I worry so much?

See a doctor: The symptoms you describe might resolve spontaneously. However, you symptoms are consistent with cervical nerve root impingement. Therefore, it would be wise for you to see your doctor for an evaluation and possible referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Left shoulder pain increasing for 5 days. Sharp pain. 8/10. Hurts to lay or turn head. Can move. Neck, shoulder blade & arm hurt. What should I do?

Muscular Pain?: Hi, your recent onset of symptoms and your age suggest that at this point the most likely diagnosis is that you have a shoulder/upper back/neck strain. You don't describe radicular symptoms that would suggest a neurologic etiology. Initial treatment after an H&P and imaging usually starts with NSAIDs and maybe a muscle relaxer and also some therapy exercises to see if your symptoms will get better ...Read more

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Could a muscle in my left neck being torn a couple months ago be the problem to me having neck and sometimes back and right shoulder pain with motion?

Yes: Answering the question, yes, it is possible. Especially if you have been doing any compensatory movement or posturing on the right. Such position could even be an unconscious effort (you could do it and not even know it, as a reflexive position your body adopts to overcome injury). ...Read more

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Weird feeling in the back of head after throbbing. Now have slight throb in the left temple. Neck and shoulder pain too.

C-spine disease: This sounds more like a cervical radiculopathy type of pain with a resultant tension type of headache and radiation of the nerve to the shoulders. Still you have to be seen so as not to miss anything more severe. A good exam and a good advise is best as the pain may be simple to treat as a symptom but the underlying disease may not be as easy. Go to your md. ...Read more

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I've been having this pain in the back of my head closer to my neck, it causes a headache, some dizziness and today it made my left arm/shoulder pain?

Could be a: Simple trapezius muscle spasm from over stretching or a problem with the disks or joints in the neck. You're 28, the trapezius spasm/strain is more likely. Try cold packs to sore areas and after looking at an image of it online look for ways to avoid chronic strain during hunching while sitting near computer/reading/sleeping. If the pain doesn't go away in a few days, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Left sided neck and shoulder pain, middle-lower back pain, dizziness, tingling and tiredness. What are these symptoms of?

Left sided neck and shoulder pain, middle-lower back pain, dizziness, tingling and tiredness. What are these symptoms of?

Many things: Left sided neck and shoulder pain could be from a cervical disk herniation or neck strain. Many things can cause the other symptoms. It would be best to see a medical specialist for a full exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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Woke up with shoulder pain over a week ago, pain in neck, back and now it has moved to left arm with numbness in my left hand. Pain lying down. Ta.

Woke up with shoulder pain over a week ago, pain in neck, back and now it has moved to left arm with numbness in my left hand. Pain lying down. Ta.

Pain: Not being a spinal surgeon can't be sure but it sure sounds from your description that it stems from the cervical level of your spine. See a spine specialist. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Sharp pain in my left shoulder blade. Neck pain radiates behind my ear. Shoulder pain and soreness. And little arm soreness as well. Pinched nerve?

Discuss with MD: You have a lot going on for your age, please discuss this with your doctor, you may warrant some further testing. This is not a good forum for this question as we can not diagnose "pinched nerve" without examination and testing. Your doctor may order a nerve conduction test coupled with an emg, or an MRI if they have not done so already. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes hives and a swollen neck gland?

What causes hives and a swollen neck gland?

Hives: The cause for hives is often obscure unless one can specifically identify the trigger (food, drug, viral infection). In chronic hives, about 30% is considered an autoimmune process.
As for swollen neck glands, any inflammation from the neck up may cause it. However, if present for more than a few weeks, one needs to consider a blood disorder such as lymphoma. ...Read more

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Does a single swollen neck gland indicate an allergy?

Does a single swollen neck gland indicate an allergy?

Not usually: Swollen node usually indicates infection in the area. It may be in the mouth or in the scalp. You may watch and wait. You may feel the node every couple of weeks, if the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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My right side of my neck gland is swollen and hurts y?

My right side of my neck gland is swollen and hurts y?

Swollen lymph node: Hi, it seems you have a swollen Lymph node, possibly 2/2 some kind of infection, the infection could be in ur throat, ear or teeth, if this swollen gland didn't go away in a day or 2 then see an MD for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to get a swollen neck gland from the flu shot?

Is it possible for you to get a swollen neck gland from the flu shot?

No it is not: Flu shots do not causec swollen muscles in neck or any other part of your body. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a swollen neck gland?

What to do if I have a swollen neck gland?

See physician: A swollen nodule in the neck could be a lymph node or a host of other conditions. See your physician if this does not improve within a week. ...Read more

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How would you know is your neck gland are swollen?

How would you know is your neck gland are swollen?

Glands: Swollen gland in the neck can occur with viral or bacterial infections. Enlargement sometimes makes swallowing uncomfortable and can be easily palpated by a trained physician. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference between a swollen neck gland and a hard one?

Help please? What is the difference between a swollen neck gland and a hard one?

Neck gland: Tender, swollen neck masses usually imply benign inflammatory process. Hard, non-tender masses more likely to be tumors or metastases. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a neck gland to stay big after infection is gone in one tonsil to stay big. Can 1 tonsil that is swollen go down to base of neck?

Is it possible for a neck gland to stay big after infection is gone in one tonsil to stay big. Can 1 tonsil that is swollen go down to base of neck?

Yes: Yes this can happen, however if your tonsils or neck lump are larger than 1cm and last for more than 30 days, please see a doctor to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Swollen neck gland with ear pain also hard to swallow.

Swollen gland: Which gland is swollen? Cheek or at the angle of the jaw and under the tongue.? When you massage the jaw or cheek is thee a bad taste in the mouth? If so, you could have an infected gland you would need antibiotics in that case. The pain in the ear is referred pain from the swelling. It should get better when the swelling comes down in the gland. Try tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for the pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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Been sick now knot in neck! Swollen neck gland? Runny nose cough cold

Been sick now knot in neck! Swollen neck gland? Runny nose cough cold

Swollen gland: Likely what you are describing is something called lymphadenopathy, which is swelling and inflammation of lymph nodes. This can lead to pain and can be aggravated by movement, depending on the location of the swollen lymph node. Generally speaking, most lymphadenopathy is caused by infectious processes. This could be viral or bacterial. If it is bacterial, the antibiotics can help. Try advil (ibuprofen) too. ...Read more

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Canker sore on inner bottom lip. It hurts when I eat are drink lip swollen what can I do it hurts right neck gland sore very embarrassing?

Canker sore on inner bottom lip. It hurts when I eat are drink lip swollen what can I do it hurts right neck gland sore very embarrassing?

Check it out: Chloraseptic liquid will ease the canker sore without burning the tissue. If the swollen gland does not go away in a week or 10 days have your dentist look for a dental infection and failing that see your physician to have it checked out ...Read more

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Waking up with a constant sore throat /sore neckfor a few weeks, swollen neck gland and feels like something is stuck in my throat. Smoker/drink im23?

Waking up with a constant sore throat /sore neckfor a few weeks, swollen neck gland and feels like something is stuck in my throat. Smoker/drink im23?

Infection: Sounds like you have an infection. Some Upper Respiratory Infections (URI's) can cause lymph nodes in the neck area to get inflamed and cause neck pain, etc. Se the Dr. To get treated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm 23 smoker/drinker. Had a sore neck for about a month. Sore throat, swollen neck gland, feels like smthn stuck in my throat abt 2 weeks. Cancer??

I'm 23 smoker/drinker. Had a sore neck for about a month. Sore throat, swollen neck gland, feels like smthn stuck in my throat abt 2 weeks. Cancer??

High risk: Smoking and drinking alcohol higher your risk, But don't worry it might be bacterial infection, Your risk of getting cancer from smoking at 23 is very low. ...Read more

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Hi, I have shoulder and neck pain its not too bad but it concerns me enough to worry. I do feel a swollen gland on either side, any ideas?

Hi, I have shoulder and neck pain its not too bad but it concerns me enough to worry. I do feel a swollen gland on either side, any ideas?

Pain shoulder neck: Pain in the shoulder and neck may be the result of degenerative cervical spine disease. The swollen glands may represent infection. Depending on the degree of swelling, tenderness and inflammation you may need treatment for the swollen glands. You should see your family physician for further evaluation. ...Read more