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    Random question but just trying to see if anyone is in the same boat.

    Nearly three years ago I had a really bad ear infection and the node behind my jaw/below ear was agony and swelled up to the size of a grape. I got antibiotics and it went down to a Malteaser size lump and it's stayed that way ever since. Two weeks after that infection, I got a bad virus and felt that same pain I felt with jaw node again except lower down in my neck and I found a pea sized firm movable lump, another lymph node. It's still the same size and movable to this day.

    I had them checked out numbers times over the last two years and the docs say they won't go down now but they aren't big enough to worry about plus I was ill when they came up which all points to them being reactive nodes and not something more sinister.

    Anyone else had any nodes that have remained swollen? They are always a concern of mine despite the fact they haven't grown and no more have popped up. They also get really painful like they did at the start sometimes even though I don't have an infection any more.

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    I am not sure if you are seeking medical advice from this post or not - its not possible to advise over the internet if you are concerned about the nodes being anything important or more sinister - so if you are worried about them, maybe because something has changed or they haven't done what the GP said they would do, then I advise you to see your doctor about it.

    You aren't alone in having nodes though, I have palpable lymph nodes too - more prominent on the left side of my neck with quite a big one which someone found when we were practising examining each other a few years ago, but I think I am just hyper-aware of them due to the fact I am a medic. Mine are pain free unless I have a cold/upper respiratory tract infection.
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    (Original post by TheRabbit)
    I am not sure if you are seeking medical advice from this post or not - its not possible to advise over the internet if you are concerned about the nodes being anything important or more sinister - so if you are worried about them, maybe because something has changed or they haven't done what the GP said they would do, then I advise you to see your doctor about it.

    You aren't alone in having nodes though, I have palpable lymph nodes too - more prominent on the left side of my neck with quite a big one which someone found when we were practising examining each other a few years ago, but I think I am just hyper-aware of them due to the fact I am a medic. Mine are pain free unless I have a cold/upper respiratory tract infection.
    No, I'm not asking for medical advice as I've already stated that I've had them checked. It's more to see if people are in the same boat. They are a worry for me, despite having them checked a few times because I suffer from health anxiety, among other things.

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    (Original post by TaraMott)
    yesss. Ive had one under my chin about by neck and sometimes its fine but other times I cant swallow food because it gets so big. its been like that for 4 years. ive been doctors and they too say its not big enough to worry about. but yh i can move it around and it feels like a metal ball. sighhh
    Sorry to hear you're in the same boat Sometimes my jaw one swells up again and makes opening my mouth really hard and eating impossible. Mine are flaring up pretty badly with pain tonight, especially the lower neck one. Docs think I may have CFS as other things have been ruled out and apparently that can cause painful and swollen nodes along with some other symptoms I have so I'll just have to wait and see though I think my dermatitis might be setting the nodes off too.

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    Well, I've got some sort of bump in my mouth which sometimes causes immense pain when I eat (or drink), and only since I had a lymphatic infection a year or so ago. Luckily I think that's the only one; when I had the infection I couldn't breath without pulsating pain from my neck because of some swollen lymph nodes the size of peas all over the place :_;
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    Yea I've had one in my neck for 7 years now, it feels like a pea sized slippery ball. The first time I went to the go about it I was referred to the head and neck unit and they said it was likely a lymph node, I was advised to go back if it changed in shape or size. A few months ago it felt tender and more swollen so I went back to the go who referred me again. The specialist doctor was funny with me though he asked why I'd suddenly come to see him if I've had it 7 years. I explained that I'd been years ago. He said 'so it's been 7 years and it's still not killed you but you are worried'. I half laughed but I was advised to go back if it changed! In fact here's a pic of it lol

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    Got 3 on my neck - they told me it'd go away after a while but it's been years...
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    (Original post by Rachel58)
    Got 3 on my neck - they told me it'd go away after a while but it's been years...
    same. Also got one right behind my ear that came up but never went back down.
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    Well, if the medical professionals say it's fine, it's probably fine.
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    I can feel a few pea sized lymph nodes in my neck, they aren't visble, but I can feel them if I dig. From what I understand, it's quite common for some nodes to become "scarred" and remain permanently larger and harder than normal after fighting a bad infection. I suspect mine are the result of some bad dental problems I had a few years ago.
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    Yes! Like right under my jaw where it meets with my neck. Both sides swelled up after a really nasty set of infections around ears, throat, chest and never settled back to normal. Occasionally they get really painful, sometimes both sides and sometimes just one, and it hurts to do anything that might even slightly move, touch, or put pressure on them. That was years ago, so I don"t see them going down now though. They seem to swell up more for no reason sometimes, and by that point I can literally grab them they're so big. Like maybe the size of a ping pong ball. The doctors have never seemed worried about them though
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    HEY so I have the same problem doctor and neck lump professional isn’t worried about my posterior cervical lymph node it’s swollen with abojt 4 months and I had my baby around that time, I also had a really bad infection, now this morning I have a sore mouth left side I think I have a swollen gland under my jaw I’m so low in myself also stuffy noise I really do have bad anxiety considering I have a baby and I’m pregnant again but I do bring up phlegm every day white or brown and Ive said this to my doctor but he just says it’s because I smoke I do smoke but not much compared to most people
 
 
 
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