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Swollen Painful Lymph Node in left cheek

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I have had a swollen lymph node in my left cheek going on 4 years now. I really don't think this is normal. I am a man that has sex with men, but i didn't tell my doctor this ans he said that I just have "over active lymph nodes". What's the deal? I always use safe sex, but not for oral... what could cause a lymph node to be swollen for 5 years? It hurts. It is most noticable/uncomfortable after I blaze up the doobage.

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I didn't realize there were nodes in our cheeks. I do know that we have saliva glands there. Perhaps you have an infection or saliva stone lodged causing discomfort.
Take a flash light, open your mouth and pull your cheeks away from your teeth. On the upper right and left part of the cheek you should see a small "bumps" on each side. Those are one set of saliva glands. They should appear similiar to one another.

There is a dental forum here. I would take photos, sign up at Photobucket.com and then post the images to the forum-if that is what you consider.

If not or as an addition, I certainly would make an appointment with an oral surgeon or at least a dentist.
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I too may have a swollen lymph node in my left cheek (unless it is something else) for 2 1/2 years. I think it is due to my upper left primary molar (tooth) which I have had work done on. Apparently the work didn't correct the problem, even though the tooth does look better on X-ray! I know for a fact that the tooth is cracked and there is a small crack in the root of the tooth. Have you had any trauma (like a punch) to the left side of your face? Did you ever have to get a root canal for a tooth on the left side? You may have a crack in a tooth and you may have to get it out. If you haven't had any root canal work done and you have had a blow to the left side of the face, have an endodontist check your teeth on the left side.
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