This morning I awoke to this message left by a friend:
"I woke up with the left side of my neck kind of stiff. I figured I slept wrong. I reached up to rub it, and noticed this small, firm bump about half an inch behind my ear. Rubbing it, I figured it would go away in a day or two, so I let it be. Over the next week, I couldn't stop touching it when my thoughts got idle..It wouldn't really move. It just felt like I had a bit of extra bone there. It didn't hurt or anything. After the first week though, I notice it was bigger, more pronounced. My left ear was also slightly stiffer then the other. Up to now, it's spread down my neck..It feels like I strained the entire set of muscles on the left side, and it's slightly swollen. I have an ear ache, and in the past day, I've developed a large swollen tonsil in my throat. It stings every time I swallow, but other then that it's just a mild irritation/sore feeling. In the past hour, I developed a fever."
He has a doctor's apointment, but it's a few days off and he's desperately looking for some clues as to what it may be. We've both looked online and haven't found any one thing where all of these symptoms match up. We're not expecting definite answers on what this may all add up to, but we'd appreciate having a good idea of what it may be. Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this development.