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.