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Can muscle tension/anxiety cause enlarged lymph nodes in neck? or submandible lymph region?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

However, if you tend to be over-anxious and you're a young adult, you'll start noticing the lymph nodes that everybody has in their necks.
A dangerous node is obviously very abnormal clinically. You need to learn to ignore the ones that aren't fixed to surrounding structures, stony-hard / tire-rubber hard, and not deforming. Please talk with your physician about overcoming these kinds of fear

In brief: No

However, if you tend to be over-anxious and you're a young adult, you'll start noticing the lymph nodes that everybody has in their necks.
A dangerous node is obviously very abnormal clinically. You need to learn to ignore the ones that aren't fixed to surrounding structures, stony-hard / tire-rubber hard, and not deforming. Please talk with your physician about overcoming these kinds of fear
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine

In brief: Realize

We all have lymph nodes around the neck and jaw line.
The ? is when a normal node becomes "pathologic", which can occur from any cause of local inflammation which drains to the node(s) in question. Muscle tone and/or anxiety alone should not cause pathologic nodes, unless there is some inflammatory condition driving muscle tone or anxiety issues. If you are worried have your doc check it out.

In brief: Realize

We all have lymph nodes around the neck and jaw line.
The ? is when a normal node becomes "pathologic", which can occur from any cause of local inflammation which drains to the node(s) in question. Muscle tone and/or anxiety alone should not cause pathologic nodes, unless there is some inflammatory condition driving muscle tone or anxiety issues. If you are worried have your doc check it out.
Dr. Stephen Southard
Dr. Stephen Southard
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