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Date : 24-Apr-2014
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User:My neck hurts very bad. I was wrestling with a friend and for the last 10 days my lymph nodes on my right front side of my neck hurt. I can't turn my head to the left without pain and when my head is down it hurts when swallowing. The pain is a throbbing pulsing feeling which is now affecting the whole left side of my neck and even my jaw. My neck doesn't hurt to the tough though. But it does feel uncomfortable where my jaw and neck meet when i touch it. My nodes don't seem swollen either but they seem to be whats hurting me most. What to i do?
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Doctor:From the description you have provided it seems like you have had a severe muscle strain in the neck
Doctor:and probably also have some dental infection
Doctor:To understand what is going on, I would like you to elaborate a little more about your wrestling
User:Muscles trains in teh neck make the lymph nodes very senstitive
Doctor:and did you get hurt around the neck during wrestling
Doctor:Yes, muscle strain can cause the lymph nodes to become sensitive
Doctor:it is quite possible
Doctor:along with that you may also have a dental infection
User:Well I was grabbed there and some pressure was put on it
User:My teeth don't hurt
User:no blood when I water floss
Doctor:can you try and feel along the muscles in the neck and see if the muscle itself pains
Doctor:or the pain is just under the bony part of the jaw?
User:It most intense right below the jaw
Doctor:Do you have sore throat?
User:i don't feel and pain when i touch below my XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
User:the sides of my neck don't hurt either
Doctor:If neck muscles are not paining and if you don't have sore throat or teeth infection then there is one more possibility
User:just a real throbbing pain from my node area and its throbbing
User:what is that?
Doctor:In that case I think you are suffering from parapharyngeal space infection (Quincy)
User:what causes that?
Doctor:You will need to consult an ENT specialist at the earliest and get yourself examined
Doctor:There are many causes
Doctor:minor trauma to the tonsils
User:is that serious
Doctor:tonsil infection
Doctor:It can be treated easily
User:can It be caused from trauma
Doctor:but you will need to consult an ENT doctor
Doctor:yes, it can be caused from trauma
Doctor:You may also need to get an X-Ray done to see if there is any abscess formation
Doctor:that is pus collection in the perapharyngeal or peri tonsilar space
User:this pain hasn't subsided in over 10 days should htat be a major concern?
Doctor:Oh okay
Doctor:that makes it even more probable
User:Ok...thank u very much
Doctor:If there is an abscess then the pain will not subside until it is drained
User:I don't feel any sack
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
User:I don't feel any swollen area...
Doctor:It is normal not to feel any swelling or sack
Doctor:the parapharyngeal space and peritonsilar spaces are quite deep
Doctor:I still think that is the case
Doctor:considering all your symptoms and description
User:thank u very much...I will go get help asap...
Doctor:Consult an ENT doctor and get yourself examined
Doctor:You are most welcome
Doctor:thanks for using the service
Doctor:have a great day ahes
Doctor:Take care
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