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swollen glands in neck

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 03, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Among my digestive issues, fatigue, poor skin quality and dark circles I have swollen glands in my neck that have been there for years, mostly on the right side, they swell and lessen from time to time

Is there any connection here? Should I be concerned? Is it an adrenal problem? Someone mentioned that my symptoms were consistent with hyperthyroidism, could these swollen glands in my neck be linked?

Thanks

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on May 03, 2012
at 11:38 PM

The usual practice of moderators is to add the see-a-doctor tag to questions like this, in accordance with the FAQ. It is indeed assumed that people who ask such questions will know to go to the doctor, but also want additional perspective from other users. Although just in case we add the tag. This cannot always happen promptly, but it is helpful if people flag the posts. Also, "trusted users" (whatever that means) can go ahead and add the tag themselves; this is a community after all, and it is better to err on the side of too much "go to a doctor" advice than on the side of not enough.

4278d3c1e7b23efaff544b58c2bfbb88

(12)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:00 PM

hmmmmmmm. A thread about the paleo site being investigated for dispensing medical advice. Wrong impression huh Steve. Later, no more time for you hacks.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on May 03, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Well if you are going to refer to "I know more than the doctor" types then you should identify who you are referring to, otherwise people might get the wrong impression. Nobody on this thread said they know more than a doctor.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 03, 2012
at 05:54 PM

I too hate going to the doctor. Especially if my symptoms are vague, which they always are. Make a short list of your main symptoms of concern and take that with you. This may help you stay focused on the reasons why you're there and it may help the doc help you. Don't be afraid and make the time. Better to know and make a plan than not know and wait until it's too late. Best of luck.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 03, 2012
at 05:05 PM

On the other hand, I do think I know more than my doctor. He made me more sick, I made me more healthy, so it's hard not to think that.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 05:05 PM

the gland does move slightly when i swallow, it's definately lymph nodes and not thyriod, too far back, I remember going to the doctors about it when i was a kid, so im not sure theres anything they can do?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 03, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Yet again, there are better ways to make your point. But I agree that this is just a tad bit too severe to ask on a public forum before seeking professional help.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 05:04 PM

no its further back, definately the lympth nodes, they are swollen near my groin as well and have been for a long, long time. Also I am male so much less likely to be thyroid problems i think, my symptoms are not consistent either, i have dry itchy skin but am always quite hot, i have fatigue but no diarrhea etc

4278d3c1e7b23efaff544b58c2bfbb88

(12)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:57 PM

When I posted only one person said see a doctor. Other topics I have looked at regarding a medical issue I see the same thing. So I guess my critique of the site gets me a negative rating not my advice. Later

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on May 03, 2012
at 04:47 PM

That's one of the problems with the internet, you have a few people who tend to over react to stuff (OMG! OMG!) which makes it difficult to discuss things.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:22 PM

Is this the gland you're talking about? http://www.umm.edu/graphics/images/en/8966.jpg

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Put your hand (thumb and middle finger) around the swollen neck. Now swallow. Does the gland move up and down?

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:14 PM

It doesn't matter if you're scared of going to the hospital, you NEED to go. If you have thyroid problems you need medication. There's no way around it.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:13 PM

But you need to get help, this can kill you! Thyroid problems are no joke! It can ruin your whole body. I waited years before getting help, despite people telling me all the time to go. Don't be like me!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:11 PM

I thought hyperT was associated with diarrhea, and hypoT with constipation? (because hyper is too fast, hypo too slow). I had very bad hyperT and I had super dry itchy nearly bleeding skin, never sweated even though I was always very hot, had lots of adrenaline energy but it left me tired all the time, and yeah, lots of diarrhea... skin flushing... thought I was menopausal at 22. I agree with the person who said this is probably why you have dark circles! Thankfully nowadays my thyroid only swells after I cheat on gluten and grains, after paleo the enlarged thyroid got smaller.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:09 PM

I thought hyperT was associated with diarrhea, and hypoT with constipation? (because hyper is too fast, hypo too slow). I had very bad hyperT and I had super dry itchy nearly bleeding skin, never sweated even though I was always very hot, had lots of adrenaline energy but it left me tired all the time, and yeah, lots of diarrhea... no skin flushing, my skin was very pale. I agree with the person who said this is probably why you have dark circles! Thankfully nowadays my thyroid only swells after I cheat on gluten and grains, after paleo the enlarged thyroid got smaller.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on May 03, 2012
at 03:23 PM

no one said not to go to a doctor they were just sharing their similar experiences or stating that that they should see a doctor.

8496289baf18c2d3e210740614dc9082

(1867)

on May 03, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Hyperthyroidism would present with excess energy, sweating, increased temperature, skin flushing, and constipation. Hypothyroidism would present with fatigue, dry itchy skin, decreased temperature, and diarrhea.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 02:02 PM

most of them did suggest going to the doctor

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 02:02 PM

every single person here suggested going to the doctor

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on May 03, 2012
at 01:37 PM

We tend to assume people go to doctors when they have serious problems.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on May 03, 2012
at 12:54 PM

It could be a dozen different things, even a doctor may not be able to tell you what is causing it, may only be able to tell you what is NOT causing it. It's highly probable that it is an immune system response but lots of things trigger an immune system response.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 12:50 PM

So constantly swollen lymph nodes might suggest an autoimmune disorder or allergy that is making the immune system work constantly? might leaky gut lead to allergies leading to immune system response and swollen glands in the neck? They do seem to swell more when I'm ill.

4278d3c1e7b23efaff544b58c2bfbb88

(12)

on May 03, 2012
at 12:50 PM

What is vague about swollen glands that have been for years. You should go to a doctor and not be looking for answers here. No one here can tell you what is wrong or how to treat it. SEE A DOCTOR!!!!

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 12:40 PM

I have a bit of a fear of going to the doctors as i've been quite a lot in my life and there 's nothing worse than going in with vague symptoms, on the other hand maybe i just need to go in again about this and see what they say

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E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

on May 03, 2012
at 12:21 PM

I hate to ask the obvious, but have you been to a doctor for this problem? If your swollen glands were a new thing I'd first suspect some kind of acute illness (happens to me), but since you say it's been years (coupled with other symptoms), I say get thee hence to a medical professional.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:14 PM

It doesn't matter if you're scared of going to the hospital, you NEED to go. If you have thyroid problems you need medication. There's no way around it.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 12:40 PM

I have a bit of a fear of going to the doctors as i've been quite a lot in my life and there 's nothing worse than going in with vague symptoms, on the other hand maybe i just need to go in again about this and see what they say

4278d3c1e7b23efaff544b58c2bfbb88

(12)

on May 03, 2012
at 12:50 PM

What is vague about swollen glands that have been for years. You should go to a doctor and not be looking for answers here. No one here can tell you what is wrong or how to treat it. SEE A DOCTOR!!!!

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 05:05 PM

the gland does move slightly when i swallow, it's definately lymph nodes and not thyriod, too far back, I remember going to the doctors about it when i was a kid, so im not sure theres anything they can do?

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Put your hand (thumb and middle finger) around the swollen neck. Now swallow. Does the gland move up and down?

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8496289baf18c2d3e210740614dc9082

on May 03, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Your symptoms are more consistent with HYPOthyroidism, which can present with a goiter (enlarged thyroid) just as easily as hyperthyroidism can. In the case of the latter, it's proliferating, overactive gland. In the case of the former (more consistent with your symptoms), the gland is proliferating due to either: a) an inflammatory response, and is trying to make more hormone but can't; or b) is lacking iodine and becomes hyperplastic (excessive growth) in an attempt to make up for it.

A) could be something like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune inactivation of the thyroid stimulating hormone receptors. B) is as simple as inadequate iodine intake. Either way, you should see a doctor and have your thyroid hormone and iodine levels checked.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Have you gone for a blood test to see if you have chronic mononucleosis? My daughter was just diagnosed and your symptoms are really similar.

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Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on May 03, 2012
at 01:39 PM

This is probably why you have dark circles under your eyes.

I don't know which glands you are specifically referring to, but you should see a doctor.

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0eba2cda101e1ef460ca0291aeb2e975

on May 03, 2012
at 01:11 PM

I get swollen lymph nodes in my neck whenever i am stressed. I assume that the stress weakens my immune system, and the lymph nodes are stepping in to take up the fight against whatever bazillion nasty things out there are trying to take over my body.

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59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on May 03, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I get swollen lymph nodes in my neck pretty often, usually when I have been going at the exercise really hard

http://www.localhealth.com/article/swollen-neck-lymph-nodes

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 12:50 PM

So constantly swollen lymph nodes might suggest an autoimmune disorder or allergy that is making the immune system work constantly? might leaky gut lead to allergies leading to immune system response and swollen glands in the neck? They do seem to swell more when I'm ill.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on May 03, 2012
at 12:54 PM

It could be a dozen different things, even a doctor may not be able to tell you what is causing it, may only be able to tell you what is NOT causing it. It's highly probable that it is an immune system response but lots of things trigger an immune system response.

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4278d3c1e7b23efaff544b58c2bfbb88

on May 03, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Wow, this site is a joke. All these " I know more than a doctor types" ( and not just is this case but everytime someone has a medical isssue). No one tells the dude to go to the doctor when it is pretty clear he should go. I am not one who goes to the doctor for every little thing...but sometimes your sypmtons tell you to GO!!! Find a good doctor and go..there are some good ones. Ask a lot of questions and tell them everything! If your not satisfied with there response guess what...you can go find another doctor! No one here is going to be able to tell you what is wrong, despite what they think.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 02:02 PM

every single person here suggested going to the doctor

4278d3c1e7b23efaff544b58c2bfbb88

(12)

on May 03, 2012
at 04:57 PM

When I posted only one person said see a doctor. Other topics I have looked at regarding a medical issue I see the same thing. So I guess my critique of the site gets me a negative rating not my advice. Later

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on May 03, 2012
at 04:47 PM

That's one of the problems with the internet, you have a few people who tend to over react to stuff (OMG! OMG!) which makes it difficult to discuss things.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on May 03, 2012
at 02:02 PM

most of them did suggest going to the doctor

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 03, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Yet again, there are better ways to make your point. But I agree that this is just a tad bit too severe to ask on a public forum before seeking professional help.

Ba09704971e33481f5716c4790648966

(1794)

on May 03, 2012
at 01:37 PM

We tend to assume people go to doctors when they have serious problems.

4278d3c1e7b23efaff544b58c2bfbb88

(12)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:00 PM

hmmmmmmm. A thread about the paleo site being investigated for dispensing medical advice. Wrong impression huh Steve. Later, no more time for you hacks.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on May 03, 2012
at 03:23 PM

no one said not to go to a doctor they were just sharing their similar experiences or stating that that they should see a doctor.

59fa7cd87fb9d669adf21e5cf3e7ada5

on May 03, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Well if you are going to refer to "I know more than the doctor" types then you should identify who you are referring to, otherwise people might get the wrong impression. Nobody on this thread said they know more than a doctor.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 03, 2012
at 05:05 PM

On the other hand, I do think I know more than my doctor. He made me more sick, I made me more healthy, so it's hard not to think that.

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