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Swollen and painful glands in neck and shoulder. Taken antibiotics for tonsillitis

I pretty sure that my glands in my neck and shoulder are swollen and they really hurt, constantly. They pain sometimes dulls if i lay down on my back in a very specific position. When i move my neck or talk it cause the pain to get more server. i saw a doctor on tuesday and she said that i had had tonsillitis last week and she gave me was antiboiotics and some voltarin rapid for the pain and said to take panadol with it if they don t work. Which i have been because all they do is kind of dull the pain until i move my neck and cause a sering pain behind the base of my skull on the left side. When i go to sleep i am constantly being woken up if the pain gets to much (usally when my meds run out) Sometimes i get this painfull tingley sensation across chest below my neck, when this happens i have to freeze what i m doing and stop until it is over. My breath becomes short to when this happens. Please help me.
Asked On : Sun, 14 Oct 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM,
The pain you have described is more likely to be because of neuropathic type, or a muscle spasm in the neck muscles,tonsillitis may be there and can have some lymph glands but they subside once infection is controlled with antibiotics.
Pain is severe enough to requre analgesic all the time and even disturbing your sleep.
Is there any kind of trauma to head or neck,it would help if we know the age as certain degerative diseases occur in particular age group like cervical spondylosis.
It would be great if you consult a Orthopaedic surgeon and/or Neurologist to findout cause of pain as good physical examination will give clue to the diagnosis.
A Complete blood count and routine test along with a MRI of Spine will be very useful,and if Lymph gland persists and if required a Lymph node biopsy may be done to help in the diagnosis and treatment may be planned accordingly.
In the mean time use a small pillow and hot foemtation along with analgesics to get some relief.
Good luck to you.
Answered: Sun, 14 Oct 2012
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