Can Swollen Lymph Glands Move Around?

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Good evening, I’m good. Yesterday I checked and he said there was indeed a diagnosis of lymph nodes in my neck under my chin. But a few months later, there was a lump in my back neck, and it felt like I was feeling so bad sometimes. Is it true that the lymph nodes can move around? So what should I do. Thank you

1 Answer:

Hi aditta2

Thank you for asking

Lumps in the lower neck of the chin and the back of the neck are indeed one of which can be caused by enlarged lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy).

You need to know beforehand, that lymph nodes are part of the immune system whose important role in preventing infection. In lymph nodes, white blood cells stop and proliferate. These lymph glands are spread almost all over the body. However, in the neck, armpit, and groin area, lymph nodes can be more easily palpated, especially if you experience swelling. In the neck itself, there are many lymph nodes, not only 1. Therefore, if you also experience a lump in the back of the neck, it does not necessarily mean that your lymph nodes move. However, chances are, there are some of your lymph nodes that have swelling caused by certain causes. In general, here is an overview of lymph node distribution in the neck area:

Swollen lymph nodes can occur due to many factors. If it appears in the neck area, then the trigger is probably:

Primary infection of lymph nodes in the neck, for example due to tuberculosis, syphilis, cytomegalovirus, HIV
Secondary infections of other organs with lymphatic drainage leading to lymph nodes in the neck, for example dental and gum infections, head infections, throat infections, lung infections
Benign or malignant tumors, for example lymphoma, leukemia, or other tumors that metastasize to lymph nodes

We suggest that you check your complaint with your doctor or internal medicine specialist so that it is clear what is causing your complaint. Could be, a lump in your back neck actually arises due to other causes, not always related to swollen lymph nodes, for example due to skin infections, skin tumors, and so on. If necessary, the doctor will conduct additional examinations, for example biopsy, ultrasound, x-rays, and so on.

In the meantime, you should not squeeze, sort, or manipulate in any way the bumps that appear. Improve personal hygiene and your immune system to be stronger in warding off infections. Expand to rest and always live a healthy lifestyle. Do not forget, if the lump feels painful, you can first compress the lump with warm water.

Hope this helps ...

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