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What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

Could be: Lymph nodes are all over the body. You cannot feel most of them but the head and neck area have many which can be felt and that shallow pocket above your collarbone is one area where they are appreciated. There are, however, other causes for swelling and depending upon your symptoms, if this doesn't go away see your doctor. ...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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I have had some swelling at base of neck, going into shoulder (trapezius). I recently felt a small lymph node in that area - what are potential causes?

I have had some swelling at base of neck, going into shoulder (trapezius). I recently felt a small lymph node in that area - what are potential causes?

Get it checked!: Swollen lymph nodes can be secondary to a viral or bacterial infection or other sources of inflammation, 0. Of greatest concern (admittedly unlikely) is cancer or lymphoma. While it is not likely, it is scary and should be checked. ...Read more

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Can hyperthyroidism cause swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck?

Can hyperthyroidism cause swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck?

Probably not.: Causes of enlarged lymph nodes are infection, inflammation, or less likely neoplasm. Hyperthyroidism usually means overactive thyroid gland. If you have persistently enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, you should have a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for enlarged tonsils and lymph nodes to cause neck and shoulder pain?

Is it possible for enlarged tonsils and lymph nodes to cause neck and shoulder pain?

Possible: Enlafged tonsils and lymph node are a sign of infectio and this can cause pain. You should see a doctor and have an exam to find out exactly what is going on. Call today to schedule an appointment. ...Read more

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What could be causing the following symptoms: swelling of lymph nodes in neck and "clogged" ears?

What could be causing the following symptoms: swelling of lymph nodes in neck and "clogged" ears?

Infection: Upper respiratory infxn &/or ear infxn with eustachian tube involvement can cause such findings; may be viral or bacterial. Decongestants like sudafed may relieve "clogged ears". If throat sore or purulent drainage or fever over 101ยบ see doc for eval. May need antibiotics if bacterial infxn. ...Read more

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Please help me! How can I reduce the swelling of the lymph-nodes under my neck?

Please help me! How can I reduce the swelling of the lymph-nodes under my neck?

Find Reason: You need to see your doctor or dentist to find out. If they are swollen, then they are collecting bacteria. Where do you have an infection that is feeding them? Stop the infection. ...Read more

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How do I reduce the swelling of the lymph-nodes under my neck!?

How do I reduce the swelling of the lymph-nodes under my neck!?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system by enlarging in response. Prolonged enlargement should be biopsied. If no problem, they shrink. ...Read more

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why I have a persisting pain in the left side of my neck and there is a palpable movable lymph nodes in it but there is no swelling its like Peas?

Lymph node: Neck masses are generally infectious, inflammatory, congenital or neoplastic. Those < 1 cm which are oval and mobile are usually lymph nodes. These may be associated with a recent or past infection. Persistent neck mass should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ENT) ...Read more

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What cani use to relieve swelling in lymph nodes and pain in neck from smoking crystal meth.

What cani use to relieve swelling in lymph nodes and pain in neck from smoking crystal meth.

URGENT ADVICE: 1. STOP USING THIS HORRIBLE POISON!!
2. GET INTO A DRUG REHAB PROGRAM NOW!!
3. ACCEPT FACT THAT YOU ALREADY ARE ACCUMULATING DAMAGE AND HUGE RISKS!!!
4. DO NOT HESITATE, CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR NOW. ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph nodes and neck swelling for the years. Drs dint know why. Now I am having difficulty eating solids. What could this be?

I've had swollen lymph nodes and neck swelling for the years. Drs dint know why. Now I am having difficulty eating solids. What could this be?

GI evaluation: Are your neck swellings lymph nodes. I think you should see your PCP who can then refer you to a gastroenterologist who could do endoscopy. Was your thyroid checked? ...Read more

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Neck swelling due to swollen lymph nodes for 4 years. Now having trouble swallowing. What could this be?

Neck swelling due to swollen lymph nodes for 4 years. Now having trouble swallowing. What could this be?

See ENT MD: Swelling in the neck can be from several causes, enlarged lymph nodes, enlarged thyroid, thyroglossal duct cyst, and esophageal diverticulum. You should see an otolaryngologist, or ear-nost-throat specialist to evaluate the swelling and reason for difficulty swallowing. The treatment for each is entirely different. ...Read more

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What would be issue of my lymph nodes swelling by neck and behind knee?

What would be issue of my lymph nodes swelling by neck and behind knee?

Perhaps many: Enlarged lymph nodes usually is indicative of an infection. However, the lymph system can be affected by certain tumors such as lymphoma. The separate distances of the enlarged lymph nodes would concern me and I would recommend you be seen by your pcp. You may need to see a surgeon for biopsy and you may need further testing by bloood and imaging studies. Fever? Weight loss? Other symptoms? ...Read more

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Swelling in many lymph nodes in my left size of my neck no pain When should I see doctor?

Swelling in many lymph nodes in my left size of my neck no pain When should I see doctor?

See doctor soon: Persistent lymph nodes can be from many causes. Important to have an exam and someone ask you questions about your health ...Read more

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What does it mean if my lymph nodes are alternating in swelling in the neck? It would go to left side to under chin to right then back to chin/ left

What does it mean if my lymph nodes are alternating in swelling in the neck? It would go to left side to under chin to right then back to chin/ left

See doctor: Could be bacterial infection, viral infection, possibly non-infection. The point is you need to see a doctor. It may not even be lymph nodes you are feeling. You may be feeling normal anatomy. Please see a doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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What is the best way to reduce swelling if someone with hiv, has lymph nodes in whole body from neck to feet?

What is the best way to reduce swelling if someone with hiv, has lymph nodes in whole body from neck to feet?

Diagnosis needed: Diffuse lymphadenopathy in an HIV patient needs to be evaluated fairly soon. Before recommending a treatment, your healthcare provider must ascertain the cause first. ...Read more

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Cbc normal but lymph nodes swelling in neck and one behind neck also had one last year on elbow and nothing came of it.?

Cbc normal but lymph nodes swelling in neck and one behind neck also had one last year on elbow and nothing came of it.?

See a doctor: Hmm. Lymph nodes can swell when your immune system is fighting an infection. They are usually tender when that occurs. A viral infection like "mono" can cause the lymph nodes in the back of your neck to swell. Certain cancers can also cause lymph node swelling. This would not show up on a cbc. A doctor needs to feel your nodes and decide if further tests are needed! ...Read more

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Swelling 3 soft, painless lymph nodes in neck Doc gave me klacid 2 of them became smaller and 1 didn't change in size Should I worry?

Swelling 3 soft, painless lymph nodes in neck Doc gave me klacid 2 of them became smaller and 1 didn't change in size Should I worry?

Cause and effect: If the enlarged lymph nodes were due to an infection in your neck, and the nodes shrunk in size then he or she chose the correct treatment and you are on the mend. Sometimes it takes lymph nodes several days to regress to the normal size... However, if you still have fever or other signs of infection go back to your physician. I ...Read more

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Hello, I went on a weekend bicycle trip and upon my return noticed I had some swelling in my neck (possibly lymph nodes) when attempting to eat. I am not having difficulty breathing, but swallowing foods was unpleasant at times. I do have a history with s

Hello, I went on a weekend bicycle trip and upon my return noticed I had some swelling in my neck (possibly lymph nodes) when attempting to eat. I am not having difficulty breathing, but swallowing foods was unpleasant at times. I do have a history with s

Dysphagia: The symptom you're describing is dysphagia. It can be caused by extrinsic compression (which you believe is the cause in your case), stricture, or disordered peristalsis (muscular contraction). The problem can be muscular or neurologic. Specialized testing can determine with great precision what the exact cause is for you. Treatment, of course, is dependent on the cause. ...Read more

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Swelling at bottom side of neck. Feels puffy not hard. Shoulder pain for a while. GP thought lymph node and on anti-bio but size same after a week.?

Swelling at bottom side of neck. Feels puffy not hard. Shoulder pain for a while. GP thought lymph node and on anti-bio but size same after a week.?

If it is an: Enlarged lymph node, it should resolve after 1 to 2 weeks. It could be something else, such as lipoma or cystic hygroma, both benign conditions. Show it to a surgeon if mass persists. ...Read more

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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

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Swelling lymph nodes in neck less than 1 cm They are soft and painless Doc gave me zinnat and klacid Is that mean there is nothing serious or cancer?

Swelling lymph nodes in neck less than 1 cm They are soft and painless Doc gave me zinnat and klacid Is that mean there is nothing serious or cancer?

Lymph node: You are young and it is unlikely this is serious. Take your antibiotics. Lymph nodes swell and these are called reactive lymph nodes. Sometimes these will stay a little bigger. I have a couple on my neck. If the node would have painless swelling and spongy feel then get checked. ...Read more

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3 Swelling painless, soft lymph nodes in neck since 1month ENT said"let them alone" interest said there is nothing to worry Should I see hematologist?

3 Swelling painless, soft lymph nodes in neck since 1month ENT said"let them alone" interest said there is nothing to worry Should I see hematologist?

If you need diagnosi: Did the ENT give you a diagnosis? (Did he/she tell you what is caused the painless lymph node swelling?) If not, then there's utility in seeing a Hematologist to get your questions answered. An ENT won't know the cause unless he/she performs a biopsy. A hematologist can perform a series of blood tests that may determine cause. Use HealthTap Prime to talk to a live doctor if you want quicker answer ...Read more

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Swelling in front of neck present with normal thyroid us and lab results. Goiter? Lymph nodes? Neuro symptoms are present. Who to see? What to ask?

Swelling in front of neck present with normal thyroid us and lab results. Goiter? Lymph nodes? Neuro symptoms are present. Who to see? What to ask?

Swollen neck: It sounds like you're in the middle of a medical assessment of this. The normal thyroid ultrasound pretty much excludes a goiter, and typically this exam would also see, and describe, lymph nodes or other abnormal structures substantial enough cause noticeable swelling. What kind of "neuro symptoms"? I would talk with the Dr. Who ordered US. See if there are any clues in that report. Neurologist? ...Read more

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3 swelling soft painless lymph nodes in neck (about 0.5cm) And there is pea sized lump near lateral malleolus in two legs I'm scared of lymphoma?

3 swelling soft painless lymph nodes in neck (about 0.5cm) And there is pea sized lump near lateral malleolus in two legs I'm scared of lymphoma?

Always possible: Lymphomas begin a small enlargement of regional lymphn node unassociated with adjacent infection or previous regional malignancy. If they remain unchanged in size or number then they can be watched. If increasing in size or number then bx needed. The lymphoma when low grade can remain in a dormant like state for many months and then eventually change patterns when bx should be carried out. ...Read more

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19 month old has 4 swelling lymph nodes in her neck red blood cells disorder neutrophil 18 (24-62), lymphocytes 75 (31-65)+ severe family history of cll?

19 month old has 4 swelling lymph nodes in her neck red blood cells disorder neutrophil 18 (24-62), lymphocytes 75 (31-65)+ severe family history of cll?

No need to worry: Most lymphadenopathy in infants are viral in origin. Only concern would be anemia. Without low hemoglobin or significant abnormalities in lymphs or neutros, ok to observe. If nodes get secondarily infected treat with appropriate antibiotics. Little cause to be concerned about cll in that age group. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a lump in my neck is dangerous? It is not in the usual place for lymph nodes. It is closer to where my neck and shoulder meet.

How can I tell if a lump in my neck is dangerous? It is not in the usual place for lymph nodes. It is closer to where my neck and shoulder meet.

Neck mass/lump: There are a lot of characteristics of concerning or worrisome lumps in the neck. You do have lymph nodes throughout your neck, including the area you are describing. If the lump is hard or rubbery and non-tender, this is concerning. If it seems stuck and not very mobile when you push on it, these are also concerning signs. Ultimately, any neck mass should be evaluated by a practitioner. ...Read more

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Why might I feel pain in my lymph nodes when I drink alcohol? The pain is in the collarbone, shoulder and sometimes neck. CBCs are normal.

Why might I feel pain in my lymph nodes when I drink alcohol? The pain is in the collarbone, shoulder and sometimes neck. CBCs are normal.

That's a new one!: That is an unusual symptom. 'Course, I've only been a doc for 30 years, and have a lot to learn still! Maybe another doc on this forum is familiar with this. It does depend on where the pain is. How do you know that the pain is in your lymph nodes? Do all types of alcohol do this? Give a few more details, and we'll have a better understanding of what's going on and can maybe give better info ...Read more

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Can a neck MRI with contrast show any malignant lymph nodes near collarbone or where posterior neck joins the shoulder?

Can a neck MRI with contrast show any malignant lymph nodes near collarbone or where posterior neck joins the shoulder?

Yes and no: An MRI can do many things, like show if you have enlarged lymph nodes - however in order to determine if they are benign or malignant you would need a biopsy of the tissue in question. I will often order an ultrasound first when evaluating lumps in the neck, and only order MRI if the ultrasound is inconclusive or unable to do needle biopsy. ...Read more

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Had some lymph nodes come and go but my anxiety makes me check for lumps and Shoulder & neck aches. How much can severe anxity effect body and mind?

Had some lymph nodes come and go but my anxiety makes me check for lumps and Shoulder & neck aches. How much can severe anxity effect body and mind?

Anxiety is an issue: Hello,

It is not uncommon for a healthy person to have lymph node swelling that comes and goes since they protect the body from infection and other illnesses. However, anxiety or unecessary worry may be even more of a problem. Anxiety attacks can stop people in their tracks and can affect a person's abilty to function normally. Anxiet can also lead to illness including increasing infection rate ...Read more

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I had swollen lymph nodes a long time ago and when I got rid of them the area between my neck and left shoulder got swollen it wasn't even painful its?

I had swollen lymph nodes a long time ago and when I got rid of them the area between my neck and left shoulder got swollen it wasn't even painful its?

How?: I don't understand "when I got rid of them" since I don't know of any way to reduce lymph swelling (until the disease process has been controlled or faded away by itself as in the case of a viral infection) without medication. Is the swelling still present? If it has been present for more than a couple of weeks or getting worse, better consult your doctor. ...Read more