Approximately 5 weeks ago I was very sick with a sore throat, extreme body aches, fever, chills, and night sweats. This lasted about two days, and during this time I noticed that my tonsils were very swollen as well as the lymph nodes on either side of my neck just below my jaw bone. My sore throat lingered for about a week, but all the other symptoms were gone within 2-3 days. However, the lymph node on the left side of my neck has remained very swollen. For the first couple of weeks, it was very tender to touch and my neck was stiff and sore. For the past three weeks, it has been painless. It's approximately the size of a ping pong ball and can be seen just to look at me. I'm awaiting a doctors appointment next week, any ideas for me in the meantime? I'm so curious.
According to the symptoms you describe it seems that you had an infection which could be either viral or bacterial.Sometimes after infection the lymph nodes remain enlarged permanently and are rubbery in consistency without increasing in size.If the pain and size increases then it is a cause of concern.
However proper throat examination and investigations like FNAC and Biopsy will help in clinching the diagnosis.Kindly visit a ENT Specialist for evaluation.
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