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Pain in the lymph nodes of the neck. What is wrong?

My boyfriend is experiencing a dull ache on the right side of his neck , near where his lymph nodes are located. The pain seems to come and go and not worse at any particular time that he can pin point. The pain does not radiate anywhere but it does tend run run from lymph node area under his chin to the lower part under his ear. It hurts a little bit when he swallows and a little bit when he rotates his head. He has been experiencing this for the past week. He has taken some ibuprofen which seems to help with the pain level. On a scale of 1 -10 he said it ranges from a 3 to a 5 in intensity. What could he be suffering from?
Asked On : Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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When lymph nodes swell in two or more areas of the body, it is called generalized lymphadenopathy. This may be caused by:

A viral illness, such as measles, rubella, chickenpox (varicella), or mumps.
Mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus), which results in fever, sore throat, and fatigue, or cytomegalovirus (CMV), a viral infection that causes symptoms similar to those of mononucleosis.
A bacterial illness, such as strep throat (caused by the streptococcus bacterium) or Lyme disease (a bacterial infection spread by certain types of ticks).
Side effects of phenytoin (Dilantin), a medicine used to prevent seizures.
Side effects of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination.
Cancer, such as leukemia, Hodgkin's disease, and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which develops after contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). This virus attacks the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight off infection and some disease.
Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease.
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