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still having swollen, achey glands 4 yrs later, pain

Hi, in 2010 when I was 18, I got my tonsils taken out due to getting tonsillitis every few weeks. A year after my surgery, I went back to my ENT because I was having swollen, achey glands in the front and back of my neck. He told me that it was do to being at college for the first year, and that it "happens to everyone." Now here I am in 2014, still having swollen, achey glands, sometimes so bad that I need to put a heating pad on them to help.

Also, around 2 years ago, I started getting random pains in my arms and legs. The pain could last seconds to hours and felt like a stabbing pain.

Are these two problems correlated? Should I be worried?

Thank you.
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replied December 19th, 2014
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

Throat infection / inflammation or for that matter any focus of inflammation in body can be related to general body aches and malaise. The episodic stabbing pains are not normal and should be examined duly. I would advise you to get your blood counts done to look for a raised TLC and a high neutrophil count. Thyroid should be examined and throat swab and culture should also be done to pin point the exact cause as much as possible. You can take gabapentin for the pain episodes and maintain adequate oral hygiene to limit chances of infection. You may consult a different ENT doctor to have a second opinion w.r.t your symptoms.

wishing you best of health


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