I am a 39 year old female with controlled asthma. I am currently not on any meds.
My lower neck has been swollen since early fall, pronounced, like a "spare tire" but on the lower neck. I have also had constantly swollen glands at the back left side of the neck and near my left armpit since fall. The upper part of my neck swells up a lot, too, sort of like a huge double-chin running from one end of the jaw to the other. My throat feels tight, like everything inside is swollen and pushing against each other. It doesn't feel like strep and doesn't really hurt. I have been on two different antibiotics -- cephalexin and ??? (might have been doxycycline) for infection, in Oct. and Dec.. I am very fatigued. After eight hours of sleep I feel like I maybe had three or four despite not waking up all night. I have had a ct scan of my neck which was negative, although one gland was borderline in size, appearing on the large side.
My doctor has run blood tests for monospot, cat-scratch fever, cbc w/diff, epstein-barr, and four other tests I no longer recall. A specialist doesn't think the glands are lymphoma, including the borderline one. An ENT advised me my tonsils and adenoids were swollen and blocking 65% of my airway but were just large and did not seem infected. He ordered a series of thyroid tests (tsh, t-3, t-4) but I won't have those results until next week.
The ENT also threw me on a ten-day dose of prednisone to see if the swollen glands were allergy related. The steroid did not seem to take down most of the swelling, although the back of the neck gland did reduce its scale while on it.
I have no idea what's wrong with me but unfortunately no one else does either.