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On December 26th,2008 - I noticed that something wasn't right when I got home from work,because my neck was hurting due to a painful lump that feels like a golf ball in the throat that normally isn't there.

It's been 3-4 days since I noticed the lump and the pain is more on the outside of the throat then the inside. There has been some difficulty with swallowing,because it feels like the stuff goes down but the mucus stays and I'm coughing a lot...sometimes to the point where I'm about get sick. Other symptoms include back pain (for the first 2 days),fever,and lots of dry coughing.

At the day care where I work, it's normal for someone to get sick,but it's not normal to have a lump the size of a golfball that won't go away/causes a lot neck pain. I'm hoping to go see the doctor tomorrow to see what the heck it is,because I'm 100% sure that it's not normal because my neck normally does not itch when I'm sick either.
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replied December 30th, 2008
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If the lump is on the side of your neck it could be a swollen gland/ swollen lymph node. This indicates that there is infection somewhere such as strep throat or mono. Hope the doctor visit sets you right.
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replied April 24th, 2009
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it feels like a painful lump at the middle to upper third of throat. I have been given Prevacid which keeps me from having heartburn does not affect the painful lump in my throat. What can it be from. Have had it for several months and getting worse.
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replied April 24th, 2009
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Did the doctor say it was heartburn or did he say anything else about it? If you're having pain and difficulty swallowing, the doctor should really take this seriously. You might even need tests, such as an ultrasound or a biopsy to check what it is. If it's just a cyst, then maybe the doctor can drain it. If your regular doctor just shrugs, then find another doctor. Even an ear, nose, and throat specialist may be in order if the regular doctor can't help.

Good luck.
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