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symptoms have been head and chest congestion. Yesterday at night I noticed that in a spot on my neck it felt sore but on the outside, it hurt to press it felt like pressing a sore or bruised muscle. Now as I wake up I have a sore throat in the same area. I’m very worried this could be a sign of something cancerous. I’m 24 year old male , don’t... Read full answer
I’ve been getting over a cold for almost two weeks. The symptoms have been head and chest congestion. Yesterday at night I noticed that in a spot on my neck it felt sore but on the outside, it hurt to press it felt like pressing a sore or bruised muscle. Now as I wake up I have a sore throat in the same area. I’m very worried this could be a sign of something cancerous. I’m 24 year old male , don’t smoke cigarettes but use marijuana pretty often and have a 3 year on and off history with dipping tobacco. I’ve never experienced this before please help.
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I went swimming laps which is what I originally thought the pain was from in my neck as turning has caused similar. But never with a sore throat
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Aaron Branch
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Hello, I'm Dr. Branch, thanks for using JustAnswer. I would not worry about this being cancer, this sounds like a swollen lymph node, and this is not unexpected when you have an upper respiratory infection like what you are describing. The lymph node gets swollen because it is part of your immune system fighting the infection. Once the infection clears, the lymph node should stop hurting within a couple of weeks. Only if it stayed painful or swollen after several weeks would I be concerned, and you may need a biopsy, but I do not suspect this at all in your case.

I hope that helps answer your question, please let me know if you have any other questions about that, I would be glad to help any way I can.

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