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Swollen glands, feeling of lump in throat, ear/jaw/throat pain

Hi, hoping to get some insight here, because I'm really afraid.
It all started about three months ago with a feeling of a lump in my throat. Not an actual lump, but the feeling of one, right below where my adam's apple would be (I'm female though). I'd feel it on and off through the day, sometimes not so bad, and sometimes very noticeable. When I eat or drink anything it gets better though, the feeling of the lump goes away. Just a few weeks later, I began to feel an aching in the right side in one of my glands, about an 1 - 1 1/2" down from where my jaw line is. Soon after that I felt the gland swell, it feels round and squishy and I can sort of roll it around. From that point, the aching basically stopped at that location, and I started feeling aching just under my ear. The aching comes and goes. I noticed after that I could feel the gland, but this gland feels different, it feels a little harder and less moveable, although I can move it a tad. I also started to feel aching in the same point under my left ear, but I cannot feel any sort of swollen gland there. From that point I got sick, lasted a weekend, had a mild sore throat, was tired, and at one point I coughed up some white mucus, which greatly relieved the feeling of the lump in my throat.
Everything seemed to get better for a little while, but then the symptoms came back (and the swelling of the glands stayed, had never left). I went to the ENT, he felt everything and confirmed the gland in my neck was swollen (cervical node), and put a little tube through my nose to check my throat. Said he could see no sign of anything wrong, but he did prescribe amoxicillan for seven days in case of an infection. I took them, felt like I was getting slightly better, but then they seemed to stop working, and I have the same feelings. In addition to this, I have developed pain in my different areas of my throat. Sometimes it seems to ache under my neck and jaw, sometimes in the front of my throat, and the achiness seems to get worse as the day progresses, I will often feel a lot of pressure by my ears, a headache on the right side, feels like my ears pulse sometimes, achiness all in neck. Sides of my jaw sometimes ache too.  I don't have any sort of fever and generally feel ok otherwise, no cough, sleeping well, can't seem to bring anything up when I try to clear my throat, sometimes my throat feels ever so slightly sore, but it's hard to pinpoint.
I've been doing a lot of research, finding things on GERD (but I don't have any heartburn), and LPR (but can't figure out why my glands would be swollen because of this or the achiness up near my ears), and a thyroid problem (but still can't figure out why gland in neck would be swollen, and I don't feel any sort of lump where the thyroid would be).  Also concerning is thrush in esophagus, is feeling of lump in throat that feels better with eating a symptom? Extremely worried about cancer, a disease, etc.
Please help, any insight would be greatly helpful. I'm scared beyond belief, getting married next week and have postponed having a CT scan (doctor said that would be the next step if antibiotics didn't work) because of the fear.
Please help.
Thank you.

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I understand your concern regarding your symptoms especially at this time. It is good that the initial evaluation by your ENT was fine. If the antibiotic stopped working and the symptoms persisted, you may need to inform your doctor for proper management. A change of medication as well as additional diagnostic tests, if  symptoms still persist may need to be done.  Try to relax and stay positive always. Take care and do keep us posted.
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Thank you Dr. Santos,
Do you think the symptoms of my throat and my glands, and the pain that radiates in different parts of my neck are related? It seems that they should be, the "lump in throat" feeling started first, for about a week, and then the gland hurt in my neck, and then that stopped and traveled up to just below my ear, and then went over to just below my ear on the other side...and then the achiness around my neck (sometimes under jaw, sometimes on the front of my throat - which I don't see any evidence of a swollen thyroid).
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Always says keep us posted but hardly replies to follow up
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I think it's Eagles Syndrome- have learned a lot in these last few months.
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