I had swelling in front of ear on neck - mouth was red - went to Dentist - emergency - come to find out it was a saliva gland stone (ever hear of kidney stones) - Stone had blocked duct - ended up swollen, could not talk - mouth and tongue were swollen so much - put in hospital due to concern of total blockage - put on drip anti-biotics. I am on blood thinner and so had to wait for surgery. Sent home - went and saw family Doctor - while in office I coughed phlegm and infection, of which a stone came out - GLAD I HAD USED A TISSUE - more stones were tried to be massaged out - told to suck on sugar free lemon tarts or real lemons - and keep heat on heck - I cancelled u pcoming surgery as surgeon out of town and could not get feed back.
I have never heard of the medicine you are on, but everytime I mention or show my doctor a lump in my neck or something, he says it's a lymph node, that possibly I may getting a cold or something. He says that is a sign your body's trying to fight an infection.
Update from original post. Saw ENT, had biopsy done and CT scan. Biopsy was negative for Cancer. Swelling by ear is gone and one in neck is somewhat smaller. The ENT wants me to have the lymph node (neck) removed and biopsied. I'm not in good health, have intractable facial nerve pain from dental procedure (going thru nerve blocks for that) among other conditions. I want to wait on removing the lymph node as none of the tests showed a definitive problem. Need some advice....probably will ask for a second opinion.
My PCP is concerned as no sore throat or ear or obvious signs of infection........and swelling the same after 10 days on antibiotic (clindamycin). Had blood work done, a Chest X-Ray, and an ultrasound of the node by ear and in neck,.....plus a referral to an ENT.
Important: The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, blogs, or WebMD Answers are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.