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Painful Lymph Node In Neck

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swollen lymph nodes and neck pain

I am a recently-diagnosed HIV+ mother of five, still reeling from the news. Am on Epivir/Zerit/Sustiva combination and my CD4 count is now slightly above 200 and viral load <50. My most pressing question is this: Among the myriad symptoms (you...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Often lymph nodes can swell in this situation due to recovery of the immune system (a good thing) which can results in more T-cells in the blood and the lymph nodes (which can cause symptoms). If your HIV level is still good (hopefully not... Read more »

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Painful lymph nodes

Posted by Anonymous
I have been having pain in my lymph nodes(neck, armpit, groin and behind the knee) for over two weeks. No swelling at all according to my two family doctors. I had a full blood count test and everything was normal. I did not do an HIV test then... Read more »

Painful swollen lymph nodes...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
If HIV was causing painful swollen nodes would it only effect one area or all nodes generally? I have painful, tender nodes in my groin but I cannot identify them in my arm pits or neck area. Read more »

Lymph Nodes - Painful or Not?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Perhaps some ppl know... If someone is HIV+, then they should definitely know... The Doc at keeps on saying that HIV-related lymph nodes, unless there's an OI, a malignancy or something like that are painless, and... Read more »

lymph nodes

Posted by Anonymous
i have had unprotected sex and now i have swollen painful lymph nodes all over my neck. i had diareah for over 1 month and headaches. i had some night sweats and a vaginal yeast infection am i most likely to be hiv positive

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