also i can't tell if it's just how my tongue has always been or what, but both edges / sides of my tongue (against my wisdom teeth) have bumpy rough patches
the area of my tongue that i was trying to describe is the lingual tonsil area. both sides of my tongue appear to be affected.
i have an awkward feeling when i swallow, it doesn't really hurt, but it feels like there's something stuck or swollen in my throat
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Sore throat with swollen lymph nodes in the neck should be investigated for infectious mononucleosis. In a person infected with infectious mononucleosis the EBV remains dormant in cells in the throat and blood for the rest of the person's life. Periodically, the virus can reactivate without or without symptoms of illness and can be found in the saliva of infected persons. EBV can also result in lifelong dormant infection in some cells of the body's immune system and this is why probably the swelling in lymph nodes persists.
You can consult your doctor regarding this. An EBV antibody status may be required.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
Is infectious mononucleosis the same thing as "Mono"?
If that is the case, is Mono something to be concerned about on a long-term basis?
yes it is same thing as Mono. Again it may or may not cause symptoms again in life if properly treated. Discuss this with your PCP.