Inflammed carotid artery
For about 2 years I've had swollen glands and throat and ear pain and pain in my jaw. I went to a TMJ specialist and he said that it is not TMJ -- the problem I have is that I have a very high sed rate and white blood count and a constant fever of 100-101. The doctors said that this indicates inflammation and infection, but they can't find out where it is. Then I went to an ENT and he thought I had cancer, but then he came back and said no. So, then went to another ENT he said that it could be an inflammed carotid artery, but that is not an easy thing to fix and sent me back to my regular family doctor. Well my family doctor sent me to a specialist at the IU Medical Center. He looked at it for all about 5 minutes and said -- it's an inflammed carotid artery, take this Naprosyn for 2 months then come back and see him. Well, I got a little side-tracked in going back to see him because of an accident. But, it has not gone away. Now that I am once again able to travel, I have an appointment with him in May. I've tried to do searches on the internet to find out all about this and there is not much to tell. How serious is this? Does anyone know of someone that has or had this and how do you get rid of this? It seems a little scary, especially when they mention artery. The doctor said that it's not a blocked artery, it is inflammed from the outside. What does that mean? Any help is greatly appreciated.