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chronic sore throat

approximately 2 months ago i came down with something similar to the flu

it lasted for about 1 week, the cough and congestion continued for an additional 1 week or so after the flu-symptoms peaked and then faded as normal

a sore throat started around this time accompanied with some neck pain. i didn't think much about it at the time. the neck pain was around the back of my jaw just under my left ear. this was due to confirmed swollen lymph nodes in my neck. this was causing discomfort and difficulty hearing in my left ear at times.

since then the sore throat and drainage have come and gone very frequently. the neck pain eventually faded, but i feel it every now and then.

i asked my doctor about it 2 weeks ago.

i had my ear and throat checked by a doctor, the doctor saw no infection in my ear, but did see fluid. he gave me a 2 week course of decongestants and some pain killing ear drops for my ear if necessary. i used the drops one time and used the decongestants for two weeks.

when i check the back of my throat it looks like there are small bumps or lumps facing the entrance of my mouth on both of my tonsils. i have been checking my throat pretty frequently with a flash light over the past few weeks, those lumps weren't there a week ago.

the lymph node concerning me earlier, under my left ear, appears to have receded.

i have not had a tb test, but my lungs have been xrayed this week and they are clear.

i recently tested negative for diabetes and hiv.

what could these be?
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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
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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.
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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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351246 tn?1379682132
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Hi
Welcome to the forum!
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!

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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?
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351246 tn?1379682132
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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.
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