I have run out of answers. I live in Florida 10 years and have progressively gotten sicker in general and now I live with chronic swollen glands on both sides of my neck, which at times causes my ear on one side to be tender. If I shine a light in the back of my throat it is red, splotchy bumps and that thing that hangs down is usually surrounded with thick, clear mucous/saliva. I have itchy eyes as well. I have headaches in the base of my head and since the glands swell so much around the sides, I think the headaches are due to the swollen glands. I have no fever, but feel chills frequently.
Last week, I went to my doctor because my voice sounds a little like laryngitis. He tested me for strep which was negative. He said the swollen glands were due to a post nasal drip. The doctor said to drink alot of liquids to thin out the thick mucous.
I have read almost all the posts here re PND but no one mentioned chronic swollen glands, did you ever notice that thing that hangs down with alot of that thick mucous around it?
He put me on Allegra-D but it makes me unable to sleep.
Thank you, Toree
[This message has been edited by Toree (edited 10-20-2002).]
PND can be pretty bad actually. Some can and do suffer from sore throats and hoarsness because of it. I would try what the doctor suggested, though I think you may have another problem, especially with swollen glands. Maybe that youre body is trying to fight off an infection of some sort. Also, just as a question, but have you had your tonsils out?
That may be the "thing" that you're seeing if thats the case, and yes, it can get really swollen and lots of gross mucus around it.
Allergies can also cause this to happen as well. You may want to request an allergy test just to see what you're allergic too, and if you have known allerigies,try to keep them at bay as much as possible. (that can also account for swollen glands)
Thank you for the reply. To answer your question, yes, I still have my tonsils. I suffered a lifetime of tonsillitis and strep. However, I agree that this is probably allergy related as I said, since moving to the fungus and mold/spore capital of the world it seems, my symptoms have gotten progressively worse.
I cannot move anywhere else so I guess an allergist is in my future and maybe we can get some answers from that end...hopefully.
I can't believe that if you've had a lifetime of tonsillitis your doctor has not suggested you get your tonsils out! Tonsils are good for some stuff, but when they get infected and swollen so frequently, I think it's time to get rid of them. My son used to get very bad sore throats (not necessarily strep throat) with swollen tonsils, and he also used to snore real bad (also had some sleep apnea). When he was about 21, he had not only his tonsils, but his uvula and some of the soft palate out. It was extremely painful for a good two weeks, and he had lots of trouble with his pain medications- they all made him itch, so he had to take benedryl, too. He slept all day and stayed awake all night (he worked on a web page he was excited about, so at least he had something to occupy his mind a bit). I watched him like a hawk in case he started getting worse reactions with his pain meds. I would not necessarily recommend such a dramatic approach for everyone; in fact, I'm not sure I really like exactly what his doctor put him through. But he is a much healthier person now and sore throats are really a thing of the past for him.