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    Swollen lymph glands for 7+ months

    So, I have a problem that I have not been able to figure out, so I wondered if anybody had some insights. This is going to be a long post but please bear with me if you have any knowledge about the lymph system.

    I have had swollen lymph glands on the left side of my neck for seven months, possibly more. In this time I've been getting sick often (at least once a month) with normal symptoms of a cold - sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, sometimes headache, et cetera. The only symptom that I have had for the complete time has been the lymph glands. I've been to two different doctors and had a blood test, and there's no sign of an infection anywhere.

    One of the doctors said that it could just be irritation of the scalp. My scalp has not been itchy, although for over a year now I have had some mysterious swellings on the top of my head that I assumed were just some kind of cyst - the doctor did not think that they were an infection or even likely to be connected to the lymph gland problem, but I have to wonder. Near to where the swellings are I was bitten by a tick about three years ago and it was a really strange bite that would seem to go away and then start itching me again if it got warm or anything, but it's been a while since I've had a problem with that. I am thinking of finding some all-natural shampoo and seeing if that helps at all, but I haven't gotten anywhere to buy it and anyway I'm not very optimistic about that.

    Another possibility that has occurred to me is that it could be a food allergy. Have you ever heard of this happening? Any likely culprits?

    Lately I have been wondering if it has anything to do with a knee injury that I got about two months before I noticed the problem. I realize that my knee is pretty far away from my neck, but I also know that a knee injury can throw a lot of stuff out of whack and the knee is on that side. Do you think that there's any possibility that that is associated? It seems kind of far-fetched but at this point I don't want to completely dismiss anything.

    I am assuming that the lymph glands are just clogged somehow, but I would appreciate any other ideas that you have and/or any advice on how to get them unclogged. I have tried heat and massage. If you can help me I would really appreciate it.

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    First of all lymph nodes only swell when there is an infection, so if they are swollen around your neck you should go see another doctor. It can be something worse as lymph nodes can remain swollen in cases of CA. This isn't really a place for medical advice though it does help to get different ideas. Please go and see a different physician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beryl View Post
    I am assuming that the lymph glands are just clogged somehow, but I would appreciate any other ideas that you have and/or any advice on how to get them unclogged. I have tried heat and massage. If you can help me I would really appreciate it.
    Have you gone to massage therapy specifically for lymph drainage?

    It could be that one of the best ways to speed circulation of lymph is REBOUNDING.

    I dont know if this is bogus or not but check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0th5xUMSz0

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    as Lucysnow said, only thing i would add is it MIGHT be worth while asking for a referal to a specilist who deals with the lympatic system (what type of doctor that would be i dont know). It could be that the drain is blocked in that area so your getting a form of lyphadeodemia

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    I got the same problem and the specialist insisted on a biopsy which I had . Then the result was not ca. Also I had a cat scan .

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    I had a bad sinus infection years ago. Even when the infection cleared up, it took about a month for my nodes to return to normal size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carcano View Post
    It could be that one of the best ways to speed circulation of lymph is REBOUNDING.[/url]
    I've tried rebounding actually, it didn't seem to make much of a difference. Thanks for the advice, though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike47 View Post
    I got the same problem and the specialist insisted on a biopsy which I had . Then the result was not ca. Also I had a cat scan .
    So you never found out what the problem was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absane View Post
    I had a bad sinus infection years ago. Even when the infection cleared up, it took about a month for my nodes to return to normal size.
    That is interesting - I wonder if perhaps I've just had a run of bad luck, getting a lot of bad colds which result in the swelling sticking around for a while. Although the fact that I've been sick so much is a bad sign in and of itself... still, thanks for the comment. It gives me another angle from which to look at the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beryl View Post
    So, I have a problem that I have not been able to figure out, so I wondered if anybody had some insights. This is going to be a long post but please bear with me if you have any knowledge about the lymph system.

    I have had swollen lymph glands on the left side of my neck for seven months, possibly more. In this time I've been getting sick often (at least once a month) with normal symptoms of a cold - sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, sometimes headache, et cetera. The only symptom that I have had for the complete time has been the lymph glands. I've been to two different doctors and had a blood test, and there's no sign of an infection anywhere.

    One of the doctors said that it could just be irritation of the scalp. My scalp has not been itchy, although for over a year now I have had some mysterious swellings on the top of my head that I assumed were just some kind of cyst - the doctor did not think that they were an infection or even likely to be connected to the lymph gland problem, but I have to wonder. Near to where the swellings are I was bitten by a tick about three years ago and it was a really strange bite that would seem to go away and then start itching me again if it got warm or anything, but it's been a while since I've had a problem with that. I am thinking of finding some all-natural shampoo and seeing if that helps at all, but I haven't gotten anywhere to buy it and anyway I'm not very optimistic about that.

    Another possibility that has occurred to me is that it could be a food allergy. Have you ever heard of this happening? Any likely culprits?

    Lately I have been wondering if it has anything to do with a knee injury that I got about two months before I noticed the problem. I realize that my knee is pretty far away from my neck, but I also know that a knee injury can throw a lot of stuff out of whack and the knee is on that side. Do you think that there's any possibility that that is associated? It seems kind of far-fetched but at this point I don't want to completely dismiss anything.

    I am assuming that the lymph glands are just clogged somehow, but I would appreciate any other ideas that you have and/or any advice on how to get them unclogged. I have tried heat and massage. If you can help me I would really appreciate it.

    if you have had a swollen lymph gland for 7+ months then you need to see a spcialist. especially if its painfull and red.

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    Yes, definatly see a specialist, also this sounds a bit like lyme disease to me, however I do not know if you live in a lyme prevelent area and since lyme disease can manefest as almost anything it is very hard to figure out for shore. You should find out as quickly as possible because lyme can be very sirius if left untreated. good luck

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    Would people with no diagnostic training stop giving advice as if you know what you're talking about. Like others have said, they don't have the answer, but a trained physician likely does. If you have insurance, then see a doctor and as long as you have some patience and you aren't averse to tests, you likely will have the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike47 View Post
    I got the same problem and the specialist insisted on a biopsy which I had . Then the result was not ca. Also I had a cat scan .
    I never found what the problem was .
    I am relieved it it was not cancer .
    My fear was cancer of course .

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    So you said that a tick ..bit you? Ticks are transmitters of various illnesses, and some illnesses can break out a few years later when you've long forgotten that you got bitten by some. Swollen lymph glands, flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle soreness, fever, and malaise..are symptoms of borreliosis, for example. If not diagnosed and treated in time it can become chronic. Also, the tests to diagnose borreliosis are not reliable, and can often give false negative results. In fact, people who are suffering from it get often diagnosed a lot later - it can take up to years, or never. Etc. That's why you should see an LD literate doc as soon as possible.

    My guess: Lyme disease

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