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Pain in ear, throat pain, gland below jaw swollen

Hi, From the past 10 days have pain insided my ear on and off and have pain on the roof of my throat , Have no issues in swallowing . feel much comfort when some thing hot is taken in. and to keep you posted that have underwent Hemithyroidectomy in the year 2010. seems my gland below the jaw appear to be swollen. kindly advise.
Tue, 8 May 2012
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Hi
Most probably you have infection in nasopharynx (upper part of throat) causing you pain there. There must be some inflammatin in lower parts of throat due to above said infection. That is why you feel comfortable when you take warm things.
Swelling below your jaw is due to lymph gland enlargement. This is because of inflammation in that secondary to infection in your nasaopharynx.
Recurrent earache is due to what is called as 'referred otalgia'. That is without any problem in ear you feel pain there through nerves also supplying nasopharynx or swollen lymph gland or both.
Except for earache you have not mentioned any other problems of ear. So I assume it is a referred otalgia. But it is important to make sure by examination that no problem is there in your ear.
Earlier hemithyroidectomy does not have relation to these.
Your problem has been going on for 10 days. That means your immunity is unable to overcome the infection. So you will need a course of antibiotic and pain killer if earache or throat pain is troublesome.
Please consult an ENT specialist.
Wish you good health.
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