Yes, I have some phlem, I don't know if it's post nasal or what, but I feel like I have to clear stuff out. I don't have headaches any more than I normally do, haven't had a significant one in some time now. No real cough, no - just a feeling of needing to clear my throat. No fever. I'm only taking St. John's Wort for anxiety. No important medical history, I don't think. Not sure about allergies. No smoking or drinking at all. I'm a delivery driver.
Hello,Thanks for providing more information.
Well as you describe possible causes may include Gastroesophageal reflux disease,Sinusitis/Pharnygitis.
And usually Chest X-ray,EKG,CBC findings are normal in such conditions.
You need to be seen by an ENT specialist for a clinical examination,Larngoscopy,Throat culture.
In the meantime you should try OTC Claritin.
Swollen lymph node can be caused due to defensing mechanism of body to fight infection(it can be viral).
And it usually resolve by it's own when your infection gets clear.
You should take OTC Motrin and apply warm compresses on affected area.
Also do menthol steam inhalation and saline gargles which relieve stuffy nose,throat irritation.
Start a multivitamin supplement which increase your immunity.
And drink warm liquids.
Avoid spicy,fried foods,carbonated beverages.
I want to assure you that chances of cancer are very less likely in your case and you shouldn't worry about it.
Sometimes anxiety makes the physical symptoms and sometimes physical symptoms make person more anxious.
So make an appointment with an ENT specialist rather than visit ER.
I hope this helps.
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I went to 2 urgent cares today, and here's what they said: I want to get your opinion on it.
The 1st urgent care woman, I think a nurse, said that she didn't even for a second think it was a lymph node. But, she said that I should get my ears cleaned because they were clogged and that could be causing the swelling. I don't usually trust this urgent care for some reason, though.
The 2nd urgent care woman - a doctor, said that it WAS a lymph node.
Could the ear clogging theory be right? If so, how should I unclog it? Thanks so much. Sorry for the follow-up.
Hi. I'm so sorry that I haven't paid you for your help. I will do so after this last question, how's that sound?
Like you advised, I went to the ENT. He felt the lymph node and didn't seem all that concerned about it. He told me to schedule an appointment in September and he'll check it again. I've been trying not to feel it that often, but I felt it this morning and it's the same size as it was Saturday or so. I'm really freaked out about it because this lymph node in addition to the bizarre non-specific symptoms really makes me feel like there's something more going on. A CT scan would really put my mind at ease OR show that there's something wrong and then this whole process could move forward. Am I overreacting? Is a CT scan excessive at this point? The whole "wait and see" approaches scares the hell out of me because I keep thinking about how if this is something serious I'm getting "wait and see" while something is lurking inside of me. Advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
That's exactly the thing - just because I noticed the swollen lymph node Saturday doesn't mean that it just happened. While feeling kind of bizarre I took to checking myself more diligently and that's when I discovered it - who knows how long it's been there? My CBC (typically is with lymphoma unless it's late stage, I've heard) was fine, I told my primary care all of my symptoms and my ENT all of my symptoms and they both seemed to be very un-worried about everything. I guess I don't feel like I'm being listened to?
Like you've said before, you wouldn't give me a CT scan if I were your patient, right? It's just one of the only things I can think about all the sudden.