Hi! My husband has had swollen glands on his neck for two months now (where the lymph glands are). His neck has some fat accumulation with age, but when he swallows, the glands are clearly evident beyond his normal neck. He feels it when he turns his head, swallows, etc, and this only came up, like I said, 2 months ago. Before that, he was fine. He has no other symptoms, and these swollen glands are painless. He has no other health issues at all.
Primary doctor said he felt the swollen glands and put him on antibiotics for 10 days. After that prescription was complete, and the glands were still swollen, he referred my husband to a throat specialist. The throat specialist looked at my husband's throat, that same day, and said he felt no swollen glands. I know that makes no sense, but that is what he said. He suggested that "maybe" my husband's salivary glands were infected, so he gave another 10 day prescription of a different antibiotic.
Eight days into that 10 day prescription, the throat specialist called and said that after two cultures, they'd determined my husband had a rare type of strep throat and prescribed a third antibiotic, maximum dose, for 10 days.
Ten days later, the strep was clear, but the glands were still large--although the throat specialist still said he couldn't feel anything.
A CT scan was done, with and without contrast. We received a call today that the scan was "normal". We haven't read the full report, but that's what we were told--normal. All of his blood work came back normal as well.
How can a CT scan be "normal" when the patient can clearly feel that his nodes are swollen?
I am going to pick up the full written report tomorrow, for our records, but now I'm at a loss: Why are the neck glands swollen? How could the CT scan show up normal? Should we see another type of doctor for a second opinion or further testing? Or just wait to see if the glands go down on their own?
Any idea what board I would fit into the best?
Thanks so much. I know this is a long post, so I appreciate you reading all the way through.
Last edited by Blibblebloppity; 08-16-2012 at 01:39 PM.
It could be that, since he had the infection for so long, his throat is still recovering. Do get the full CT report, of course. You might also want a copy of the actual films, if you need to go to another doctor.
If I were you, I'd give it a few weeks to see if he recovers on his own. If not, then another opinion for sure.
The Following User Says Thank You to janewhite1 For This Useful Post: Blibblebloppity (08-17-2012)
One thing to remember is that lymph glands collect all of the nasty little things that get into your body. They may stay swollen for several months before the swelling goes down as they process the "junk."
My oldest son had the glands in his crotch swollen for about two months. I took him into the doctor as he was starting for freak out(at 15 all sorts of things were going through his head). The doctor told him his glands were just taking care of some bacteria that had wandered in. He said it would go down and if it was still there in two months to come back. The glands slowly went down. So I would just watch them. Take a deep breath.....
keep us posted........
The Following User Says Thank You to ibake&pray For This Useful Post: Blibblebloppity (08-19-2012)
Thank you for sharing what happened with your son. I'm hoping my husband's glands are just doing the same. Thank you so much for responding and helping me to relax a bit about this. We'll keep an eye on it over the next month.