Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    Recurring Swollen Lymph Nodes
    aprettythought posted:
    On December 14, 2008, I noticed I noticed a rather large lump on the back, right side of my neck. It was bulging and relatively hard. It was also incredibly tender to touch. But to be honest, I didn?t think too much about it. A day later there were 5 bumps spaced apart but mostly in a straight line. They began behind my right ear and followed down to the area where my neck and shoulder meet. That night I was very hot, had a splitting headache on the right side of my head and I was also incredibly nauseous. But I had no other symptoms. The next morning I went to the doctor. He checked my white cell count, which was normal, and decided that my lymph nodes we?re fighting a bacterial infection. Which he felt was odd, since I exhibited no other symptoms, such as a sore throat or ear infection. He gave me an antibiotic (Keflex 500mg), which I took 3 times a day for ten days. However, the antibiotics did nothing for my lymph nodes and I had to go back to the doctor. He then put me on levaquin and also prednisone. I ended up not being able to take levaquin because it caused a horrible, red, itchy rash all over my body. So I was put back on Keflex and was told to continue with the steroid. After finishing those two medicines, the swelling in my lymph nodes subsided? until now. Once again, the lymph nodes in the back, right side o my neck are swollen. Like last time, I present no other symptoms. I don?t understand what?s going on. This has me worried sick. Has anyone else ever had a similar situation? I?d appreciate any ideas on this subject.

    Thank You.
    Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
    Recurrent lymphadenitis (swelling and painful lymph nodes) should have a reason that can be identified. So far, your doctor has not found the source of this lymphatic reaction, so it may be in your best interest to consult a good ENT for a second opinion.

    Do you have any pets (like cats)? Cat-scratch fever can cause these things, but of course, so can many, many other things. Did your doctor do a mono or repeat CBC test?

    Unfortunately, without the ability to examine you and have a detailed medical history, there would be no way for me to narrow down the possibilities.
    aprettythought responded:
    Thank you so much for responding. Yes, my doctor did test for mono and it came back negative. He also performed another cbc test and again everything was fine. I did, however, have a fever that I was completely unaware of and I was extremely dehydrated. They had to poke me four times to finally get my vein. I do not have cats nor have I been around any lately. I have dogs but I've had them for along time. I am unsure if that makes a difference. Do you need a referral to see an ENT? Thank you again for your guidance. I know it must be difficult since you do not know the particulars and cannot exam me yourself.
    Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
    Most insurances (and ENTs) require a referral. I am sure your primary care will make those arrangements for you.

    No...dogs are 'safe'. Cats can carry certainly bacteria that cause CSF (cat-scratch fever), but if you have not been around cats, this is not a consideration.
    GenieAlice responded:
    I have several small knots on the right side of my neck. They?ve been there for several months. They?re not tender, and they roll around when I touch them. Now, I?ve got some on the left side down by my collarbone that are somewhat tender, but they feel the same to touch as the others. Is this something I should be concerned about?
    kelml4 responded:
    I have recurring swollen lymph nodes that are painful behind my ears, neck, under my arm pits and in my groin. I've had my blood tested for just about everything! And taken several antibiotics and nothing has worked. They go down for several weeks, then come back again. I have no idea what's going on! Let me know if you get any answers!
    hipshire01 responded:
    Did you ever find out what this was? My daughter is going through something similar right now and the doctors have no clue what is causing it. She has no other symptoms and they do not seemed concerned but the node is painful for her and very enlarged now. Please if you have any info let me know. I am a very worried mother. Thank you.
    texaswildbabe1 replied to Rod_Moser_PA_PhD's response:
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to texaswildbabe1's response:
    You are is the pathogen, not the vector, that is the cause of CSF.

    Helpful Tips

    Help me some one please i need help with my son
    My son is 10 months old and when he was a month he had hopping cough and i took him to the doctors 3 times and they didnt pick up on it so ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    0 of 0 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    Focus on Flu

    Find answers to your questions about seasonal flu issues and answers to your concerns about the flu season and H1N1...Read More

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.