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Lymph node behind ear
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:06:25 PM »
Hopefully there is someone on here that can help me ease my mind with this. I have an earrache for the last 4 weeks on and off and also a swollen lymph node behind my ear. It feels kind of hard and doesn't move much but I am also overweight so that may contribute to the mobileness of it. I went to the Dr he said the earache was fluid on my ear and felt the lymph node and said it was nothing to worry about and normal for this time of year. I felt a bit relieved when i left his office, he gave me some steroids and some sudafed. But i made the mistake of googling the lymph node behind my ear and it did nothing but ignite my worst fears. My dr. would have noticed if there was something to worry about right?
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Re: Lymph node behind ear
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 04:15:09 PM »
Yes, your doctor would definitely notice.

The lymph node behind the ear is one of the most sensitive lymph nodes and flares up for all sorts of reasons during this time of the year - fighting the flu, the cold, sinus infections, etc. So, it would still be normal even if you had nothing else going on, but considering that you've also been having issues with that ear, it's even more normal. When they flare up, that means they're doing their jobs. It could be swollen from having fought off an ear infection or is actively fighting germs because of the fluid, etc.

It can take a while for it to go back down, but if your doctor thought it was anything to worry about, he or she would have said so.
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Re: Lymph node behind ear
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 05:33:04 PM »
Thank you for the reassurance

I guess the hardest part is not letting my imagination run wild and letting "what if" come into play. I have  good dr. and I know the weather has been crazy this winter. And what you are saying and he is saying makes perfect sense. I just wish I could stop worrying about it.
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Re: Lymph node behind ear
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 09:32:35 PM »
Anyone else have this problem?
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Re: Lymph node behind ear
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2014, 10:06:37 PM »
I once had a lymph node behind my ear swell up for a long period of time. I wasn't sick and it wouldn't go away. I have slight psoriasis on my scalp and I got a medicated shampoo to start using for it. The lymph node went way down immediately but I can still feel it a little from time to time. My husband once had a skin infection and both lymph nodes behind his ears swelled up to the size of grapes. They eventually went down and he never once worried about them. Don't we all wish we could be that way! I have heard that the lymph nodes behind your ears are some of the most sensitive and they swell from the tiniest things.
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Re: Lymph node behind ear
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 01:30:14 PM »
I've had one behind my ear and it scared the hell out of me! It felt hard and not really movable. Went to a surgeon with it who nearly laughted at me and sent me home. I had a cold at the time. When the cold got better, the node went away completely... Go figure  ::)
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Re: Lymph node behind ear
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2014, 11:40:16 PM »
My ear had had went away for a couple days but today it has come back the sudafed isn't helping much. Would the dr. Have been able to see ifb it was infected. Does it just take a while for the ears to drain. I am still having sinus drainage.
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Re: Lymph node behind ear
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2014, 08:46:11 AM »
That's supposed to read my ear pain had went away
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Re: Lymph node behind ear
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2014, 10:22:46 AM »
I think that you should try to stop touching that lymph node! They can react to the touch and take longer to go away. Sometimes they don't go away at all. I have a few lymph nodes under my jaw that are there all the time. Had an ultrasound done and it said that they are reactive. Not sure what they are reacting too though. But I just stopped worrying about them and stopped touching them. Try to relax.
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Re: Lymph node behind ear
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2014, 05:34:55 PM »
I appreciate you guys responses. Im so glad I found this place
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