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My neck is swelling up when i eat... Help Please!


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When i was having dinner it felt a little uncomfortable and got progresively worse as i ate.. i felt my neck and there was a large lump that was getting larger and making eating/chewing/swallowing/talking uncomfortable. 

It went down over the next few hours and then i have just had a bowl of cereal and it started coming back really large again and hurting.

It is towards the front of my neck right under my jaw. Not where i get a lump if my glands are up, that is further back and lower down and never tender. 

Im really worried :S so if anyone has any idea i would be grateful.. cant really get to a doctor till monday 

Edited Jun 20 2014 09:38 by coach_k
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It sounds like you might be having a problem with your parotid gland, which is one of the glands that produces saliva, which would explain why you're getting pain when you eat. The exact cause will have to be determined by a doctor - so go as soon as you can on monday! - but it sounds to me (I'm a final year medical student) like you may have a little stone that's blocking the entrance. Such stones can form in pretty much anyone, and the reasons for them are usually not known, and it shouldn't be anything to worry about (except obviously for the pain it's causing). But you will need to see someone to help get it out.

Hope you manage to get it sorted!

 

Lx

I'm not sure if this is what you mean, but occasionally I get a 'lump' in my throat after/whilst eating...I'm not sure whether it's if I've swallowed in a particularly awkward manner (if that's even possible??) or something...there doesn't seem to be any pattern to when it happens. It hurts to swallow, as it there's something stuck there that won't move, and sometimes it goes away after a particularly emphatic, deliberate swallow (so maybe there is something stuck sometimes) but sometimes there's nothing really there and it just hurts for a bit (days, sometimes) then goes away on its own. It almost feels like my tonsils/uvula/epiglottis/something in my throat (!) is sticking somehow the wrong way...if that makes sense?

Anyhoo, probably no help whatsoever but just thought I'd share in case this is what you're experiencing. I hope you get sorted...are you in the UK? You could ring NHS Direct maybe?

xxx

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That's also where your lymph node is, my husband had his swell up whilst fighting an infection. Go and see your doctor. If you are particularly worried or in disomfort then ring NHS direct and speak to a nurse. You can see a doctor out of hours via this service.

I agree with all of the other's suggestions...especially the one about the parotid gland, but I also want to add that you could be having some sort of allergic reaction to something you are eating...Watch what you eat, and see if it happens when you eat only certain things...I also agree that you should go to the doctor ASAP though to see what is going on...good luck!! ♥

afoneleri - thats the only thing i could find online that makes any sense.. allthough, it sounded more like they stay up where as mine goes down after a couple of hours of eating and then comes back when i eat. How do they get it out? Will that hurt? :S Thank you

Kitcat - Not sure that is what im having but then things like this are hard to describe.. Its not like i have swallowed in a weird way it just starts coming on when im eating and then stays for a while after the last 3 times i have ate (just had breakfast)

Suzidee- I have recently been on antibiotics for a throat infection.. i have no idea if that is relevant :S I will definitely go to the doctors first appointment i can get on monday.. ill have to make sure i eat before i go or something so they can see it 

Stargirl - I dont think it is an allergy, all the foods were very different (lasagne, cheerios and a bagel with peanut butter and jam) 

Thanks everyone

 

 

 

Original Post by annabel95:

afoneleri - thats the only thing i could find online that makes any sense.. allthough, it sounded more like they stay up where as mine goes down after a couple of hours of eating and then comes back when i eat. How do they get it out? Will that hurt? :S Thank you

 

That fits with the descriptions we've been taught - they swell up when you start eating/salivating, then take a couple of hours to go down afterwards, then swell again with the next time.

I'm not entirely sure about the treatments or if they're painful, but this is a decent website for giving you information - it's the one UK GPs use to give patients information about conditions. Hope it's helpful!

 

Lx

I think you are right, and by the sounds of it mine are in the submandibular gland.. I must have misread the information the first time because you are right most say it goes up when you eat and back down after a few hours which fits perfectly with what is going on with me. 

Fingers crossed it isnt painful.. im also no good with needles (pass out and have seizures) so hopefully it doesnt involve them either.. 

Thank you, yes you have helped a lot :) x

Went to the doctors and he said it was submandibular gland stone..

He has referred me to the hospital for a sailogram and now ive looked that up it involves injections and catheters and it doesnt even get it out this is honestly my idea of hell. im absolutely terrified.  

I cant even eat without agony and im petrified of all this stuff :/

I know it sounds scary, but if it's the best way to get it out then hold on to that. The sialogram is a test to look at the duct from the gland into your mouth, so that they can locate the stone and tell how big it is. I'm sure the doctor explained how it works, and that it involves putting some dye into the duct and then taking pictures. The injections will be local anaesthetic - like the stuff they put in when you go to the dentist sometimes. And sometimes, just the process of putting the dye in is enough to dislodge the stone - depends how big it is.

Do you have an appointment in hospital already, or do you have to wait a while (I don't know where you are, so not sure how long it'll take)? 

I know it is the only way im just not good with these things :/ to top it off my filling is really hurting as well so im probably going to need dental work aswell soon. 

Hmm.. i hope it gets it out, but it feels big so i dont know.. knowing my luck it wont. 

I dont have an appointment yet i have no idea how long it will be. Im in the UK. Hopefully it isnt too long because i cant live off soft food for long!

Thank you for all your help, i really appreciate it 

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Oh, poor you :( I'm sorry to hear this Annabel.

I hope you get it sorted soon.

Love Suzi xx

Hello Anabel

Have you spoken to your dentist? I have a condition called T.M.J

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporomandibula r_joint_disorder

The symptoms can also cause swelling in the face/neck/jaw arfea upon eating.  In the past I have had a huge lump appear the size of an egg. To help injections of Ibuprofen or oral Ibuprofen can help to relax the jaw muscles.

Hope you feel better very soon. Best Wishes

What does it mean if the swelling is really hard? Im not sure it always has been :S

Hi Annabel,

Ive just become a member so i can answer. I too have the same problem so i know exactly what your talking about. Mine is up right now.It goes away for awhile then, every now & then it will return & will swell when i eat anything, go down a little but soon as i eat it swells again & id rock hard & uncomfortable. It will again vanish for awhile. Drives me nuts not knowing what causes it. I must mention it to my GP next time i have to go see him, I hope it helps knowing that someone else has the same thing ;)

 

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Hi Annabel and Dianne,  By now Annabel hopefully you have had the problem fixed, but I just want to add that I was in a very similar situation where my lymph nodes swole up to the size of golf balls and everytime I ate my throat got bigger and bigger.  Eventually, the swelling moved down into my throat and into my chest and began to get extremely painful.  The doctors were pumping me with mass amounts of all different kinds of antibiotics and nothing was working.  I woke up in the middle of the night in the hospital and I couldn't breathe and it was the scariest thing ever!  I saw 7 different doctors and not one could tell me what was wrong with me.  Not being able to bring and feeling minutes away from suffocation I demanded Benedryll and some kindof anti-inflamatory. Without much time left they gave it to me along with Prednisone and in moments I felt the swelling go down and the pain go away.  Till this day there is no explanation why this happened to me but I hope this post can save someone's life too because I had no answers and I couldn't find anything similar like it on the internet.

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Hi Annabel and Dianne,  By now Annabel hopefully you have had the problem fixed, but I just want to add that I was in a very similar situation where my lymph nodes swole up to the size of golf balls and everytime I ate my throat got bigger and bigger.  Eventually, the swelling moved down into my throat and into my chest and began to get extremely painful.  The doctors were pumping me with mass amounts of all different kinds of antibiotics and nothing was working.  I woke up in the middle of the night in the hospital and I couldn't breathe and it was the scariest thing ever!  I saw 7 different doctors and not one could tell me what was wrong with me.  Not being able to breathe and feeling minutes away from suffocating I demanded Benedryll and some kindof anti-inflamatory. Without much time left they gave it to me along with Prednisone and in moments I felt the swelling go down and the pain go away.  Till this day there is no explanation why this happened to me but I hope this post can save someone's life too because I had no answers and I couldn't find anything similar like it on the internet.

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same thing has been happening to me !  did you find out what caused this swelling while eating?

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what have you done?i have same problem....

 

hi, i have the same problem now, i'mma bit scared. hw is yours ? is that gone ? what have you done ?

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