Have you had your wisdom teeth removed? If so how long ago and by who? Oral surgeon or General DDS? Also had you notice the nodules and swollen lymphs before or after the pain? Are the swollen lymphs in your neck and throat area? Just one side or both sides?
ok just to clarify, it is possible to have impacted wisdom teeth that are not visible on bite wing x-rays (that is where they have you bite on film and take picture of upper and lower at the same time. This is usually what they do for check ups. I would call their office, explain where you are and ask if they have x-rays that show the wisdom teeth area clearly. Also if he thinks there is a chance you could have impacted wisdom teeth. Sometimes, upper wisdom teeth can be up high enough and far enough back that you don't see them unless you take a xray specifically in that area. Having said that, it could be sometime of strep, or other type of infections. We see this occasionally where the throat or tonsils are irritated and causes irritation in the mouth. There are also other types of fungal infections in the mouth. If you don't feel this is specifically dental, ie a tooth problem, which you have stated you don't, I think it is worth a trip to the doctor before it turns into a major problem that can cost much more.
I hope this helped and I hope you feel better soon,
Ok I am no medical doctor, so I am talking about infections such as strep or tonsils or some time of sinus problem. No I can't be more specific on these.
Fungal such as yeast, try eating a serving of yogurt 2 x daily and see if symptoms improve.
If I had to guess I would say either, you have an impacted wisdom tooth, sorry my guess. Or that you have poked the tissue up there and caused trauma which has triggered a systemic reaction. This again is just a guess. Wisdom teeth are in a location that unless you are taking periapical xrays for a second molar, you may not see. Even if they are not trying to erupt in the gum, they can be facing sideway and cause a similar reaction to what you are describing.
I am sorry I can't be more specific with out an xray and visual exam. You don't have to accept, but I still think you should make a trip to a doctor. Sorry I guess it's the mother in me.
Another thought is if there is a dental college close to you, you can usually get an xray and exam for around 30-50 dollars. I know this may seem like a lot to some, but it is money well spent. If not then spend the money and go to an outpatient clinic or doctors office to have it evaluated.
Again, good luck and hope you feel better soon!!
Ok if you did the pano, where you stand up and the thing rotates around your head, then that definately would have shown. So the wisdom teeth are not the problem.
May be a systemic thing, sorry I can't be more specific. As I stated I am not an MD. You would need to talk to a doctor about that.
I will send to a good DDS on here, but don't think he is up right now.