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high blood pressure and neck pain

My blood pressure this evening ranged from 171/105 to 191/114 over a five hour period.  I know this is high, but currently do not take any meds for HTN because these really high numbers only last for a few months at a time and then revert to more normal (normal for me about 138/90).  Three months of crazy high numbers, then 4 months of not bad numbers, etc.

My problem is the left side of my neck (sort of a thick line from just below the jaw down to the clavicle, and sometimes down toward the left arm) is swollen, tender to the touch and just recently, the vein, which had never been visible is now clearly visible.  This soreness started about 7 months ago and was on and off for a while, but is now a constant companion.
Today, while shopping, i was dizzy and was experiencing an odd eye anomaly - there was a goldish line running across my vision.  The dizziness and eye problem became so severe that at one point, i had to stop, sit down, close my eyes and wait for about 20 minutes for the worst of it to pass.    Thankfully, the golden "line" went away and there was only a mild case of bluriness.  All the while the left side of my neck throbbed.
When i asked my GP about the swollen left side of my neck, he suggested i see a chiropractor.  I felt totally foolish and have never asked him about it again.  I have had my fair share of muscle pulls, but i have never experienced one that was this constant or lasted this long.
I am in my early 50s, overweight and currently take Synthroid for hypothyroidism. As i said i don't take any HTN meds, my GP said my blood pressure was benign, but that he would prescribe something if i wanted it.  I'm not big on medications, so i said "no thanks!"  
My question is: could a swollen neck be a precursor to a bigger problem, could there be a correlation between the HTN and the swollen neck?  I have had 3 major AFIB events in the last two years- the latest one this past March which required emergency cardioversion.  I am aware of the possible stroke potential of AFIB, and i think that is why i am concerned.  
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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