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Can you feel lymph nodes in neck even if they are not swollen.

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Can you feel lymph nodes in neck even if they are not swollen. I can feel small bumps hust under my jawline about midway between my ear and chin. they are only palable if I turn my neck to the left for left side, or right for right side. not painful, moveable

Dr. Saha :

Hello,

Dr. Saha :

Welcome to Just Answer.

Dr. Saha :

How many are there?

Customer:

I can feel one on each side

Dr. Saha :

How large are they?

Customer:

not very big the less than .5 inch squishy and moveable

Dr. Saha :

It is possible to feel lymph nodes under the jaw.

Dr. Saha :

They might have enlarged from past infection.

Dr. Saha :

Are they enlarging in size?

Customer:

they can only be felt if i turn my head

Dr. Saha :

As they are small so they are not prominent.

Dr. Saha :

If they are not enlarging or if new nodes are not appearing then they are likely benign.

Dr. Saha :

Please feel free to ask, if you have any further query.

Customer:

they dont seem to be but they are painless I noticed the one on the left a few months back when I was shaving didnt really think much of it til now, the one on the right is harder to find, but I just discovered it

Dr. Saha :

If they were something serious then they would continue to increase in size or new ones would appear.

Customer:

so dont worry about them

Dr. Saha :

As the size is remaining same for a few months, you should not worry.

Customer:

I worry about cancer since it runs in my family

Dr. Saha :

You can get them examined by doctor during the next visit.

Dr. Saha :

Those do not seem to be cancerous.

Dr. Saha :

Please do not worry.

Customer:

Can a painlless wisdom tooth, or cavity on 1 side cause nodes to swell

Customer:

on both sides

Dr. Saha :

If there is an infection in the tooth or in mouth cavity, they can cause the nodes to be enlarged.

Dr. Saha :

These are common causes for enlargement of node here.

Customer:

sometimes i feel like there is a lump in my throat or dryness especially if I drink something hot or cold

Dr. Saha :

How frequently do you have the lump feeling?

Dr. Saha :

How long does it last?

Customer:

It comes and goes, started noticing it over a year ago. went away then came back seems to be worst in the spring. I snore to

Dr. Saha :

Mouth breathing can be a cause of dry feeling.

Customer:

also my eyes are always very bloodshot it doesnt go away

Dr. Saha :

There can be different causes for the lump feeling.

Dr. Saha :

Anxiety, stress can cause the feeling.

Dr. Saha :

There can be reflux of acid from stomach.

Customer:

can reflux cause swollen lymph nodes

Dr. Saha :

If you feel it continuously then you need to get an examination by an ENT doctor.

Dr. Saha :

Reflux would not cause swollen nodes.

Customer:

I was last year when I first started feeling it he looked down my throat with a mirror said it looked normal

Customer:

that costed me $300 i was expecting more bang for the $$

Dr. Saha :

As you have been checked by ENT doctor & he did not find any lump there then it is good.

Customer:

could allergies cause this along with swollen nodes

Dr. Saha :

Allergy can cause symptoms in the throat like irritation.

Dr. Saha :

In some cases they can mount immune reaction.

Dr. Saha :

This can sometimes cause enlargement of node.

Customer:

One last question last year my lymphocyte count was a bit low 17.9% does this usually happen with swollen lymph nodes, or is it opposite

Dr. Saha :

How was the total count?

Dr. Saha :

Did you have repeat count?

Customer:

dr said everything else was normal ecept for my ferretin that was very elevated with low saturation 545 18%

Customer:

yes repeated a month later lymphocytes were 23%

Dr. Saha :

The count needs to be considered taking all the types of white blood cells in consideration. Sometimes, increase of one cell like neutrophil cause the percentage of lymphocytes down.

Dr. Saha :

So repeated count showed an increase.

Customer:

yes

Customer:

ferretin went down to 400 as well

Dr. Saha :

The normal level varies from 20-40%

Dr. Saha :

Do you take alcohol?

Customer:

no

Dr. Saha :

That is good.

Dr. Saha :

In alcoholic liver disease, ferritin can be increased.

Dr. Saha :

Your level has come down.

Dr. Saha :

Doctor can take repeat test, if he feels necessary.

Customer:

the latest blood test was from about 9 mos back

Dr. Saha :

Did doctor advised any repeat test?

Customer:

no

Dr. Saha :

Then you can wait & observe.

Dr. Saha :

If you have any further query, please feel free to ask.

Dr. Saha :

If you are satisfied, please leave an excellent rating.

Dr. Saha :

Best wishes.

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Hi Bill,

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