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Old 01-08-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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Swollen lymph node on left side of neck

I am not sure how long I have had this swollen lymph node; I only noticed it a week or so ago. I might have had it for a long time though. The lymph node is movable, although not painful. I sometimes get a slight, yet sharp pain in my left ear(especially after I clean it out with a swab or finger), and I'm not sure if this is related. Does anyone have any idea what this might be?

Also, due to this node, I began looking for other swollen nodes on my body. I noticed that on the inside of both my thighs, I can feel very small lumps which I think are lymph nodes. However, I'm not sure if they are swollen; they are very small and I'm a pretty skinny person (5ft5in and 130lbs). They are not painful and they don't bother me. The only reason I noticed them was because I TRIED to look for swollen nodes on my body. But they don't move easily, though I think it's because they are so small that I am having trouble pushing down with my finger and moving them. Is it normal to be able to feel lymph nodes like this?

Thanks for any help

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Old 01-12-2009, 09:50 PM   #2
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Re: Swollen lymph node on left side of neck

I have swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck/throat. I went into the doctor and they ran a bunch of tests and it turned out I have Mono. Lots of things can cause a swollen lymph node though. Infection is the most common. It's best to go to the doctor though to find out why.

They ran blood tests on me and did a throat swab to test for strep throat. I also had an ultrasound of my throat area to make sure it isn't cancerous and it showed no cancer. Mono commonly causes swollen lymph nodes. Funny thing is I am not tired which is one of the symptoms of Mono. My only symptom is the swollen nodes on the left side. Like I said though it's best to go to the doctor to find out the reason for your swollen lymph nodes.

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