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Have swelling and pulsing feeling in side of neck. How to get relief?

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I have a swelling and pulsing feeling in left side of my neck as if something is there and I feel tired a lot. Also I feel ill every morning when I wake up. I am 39, 6 ft 2 inches tall and I weigh about 81 KG.
Posted Mon, 25 Mar 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 10 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

The swelling in the neck with a pulsatile feeling along with the symptoms that you have described can be due to a thyroid swelling or a lymph node swelling. A direct examination of the area and a few investigations like blood test for thyroid hormone levels, ultrasound scan and FNAC (Fine needle aspiration cytology) will help in the proper diagnosis.

A generalized viral infection can also sometimes cause such reactionary lymphadenopathy which subsides spontaneously in a week or so. In case the symptoms are persistent then it is best to consult a physician for proper examination and further management.

Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
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Follow-up: Have swelling and pulsing feeling in side of neck. How to get relief? 52 minutes later
I have had this feeling for a long time now but it usually comes and goes but is pretty much there all the time now.
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 3 hours later
Thanks for writing again.
If you are having this feeling for a long time then a thyroid gland swelling is more likely. Reactive lymphadenopathy is not likely to give a pulsatile feeling. Proper examination and investigations are necessary for diagnosis.
Hope my answer is helpful.
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