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Swollen lymph nodes, Pain in neck and back of throat
An_248351 posted:
I have been having an odd pain for the past 3 months. It has been pretty consistent and has began to worry me. It started suddenly one day and I noticed it when I yawned, it felt like a muscular pain in the left back side of my throat near the tonsil. However i only feel the pain when I yawn or open my mouth widely. It isn't a sore throat and it doesn't hurt to swallow or cough. The throat pain sometimes go away when i apply pressure near the tonsil area. I also have notice a dull pain in my neck between my ear and front left side of my throat in addition to clavicle pain. The dull neck and clavicle pain seem to occur at the same time. I also sometimes get headaches and they occur only on my left side. Due to swollen lymph nodes in my head and neck area, they did a CBC twice both a month apart and they turned out normal so all efforts stopped there.

This issue is consistent and i would like to know the best possible step and if further test such as an xray or MRI should be necessary.

For note: I am a 22 year old female, dont smoke or drink, no serious illnesses in the past year or longer, no health problems, physically fit, and take no medications.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
I agree that the "next step" needs to be considered; either an MRI of that area or a CT scan. A plain x-ray will not reveal very much. The chance of this being something ominous is very, very slight, but being thorough is very important. Another step would be to see an ENT first for a consultation to see what type of imaging studies would be best.

Three months is a long time, so getting to the bottom of this issue would be good.
jazzmir replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
I am 51 years of age and just over a month ago started experiencing the exact same symptoms. I have been to my Dr. only to be told to take tylenol for the pain. I cannot believe that!!! Suddenly one day I got a really sore neck. I thought I slept wrong so I didn't think about it long. then my neck was really tender to touch along with getting headaches on the left side only. the pain eased up for a while, then back again. The tenderness does not go away with Tylenol, by the way! Please help!!! by the way, I am having my apartment tested for mold also because I'm over the basement and it floods constantly from floor to ceiling and I think that may be an issue since I have only lived there since May, this is now August and I'm developing health issues. This could be related.
webdude11 responded:
Did you ever get to the bottom of this? I am experiencing similar symptoms.

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