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Monday, December 9, 2013
Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Pain on the right side of throat
About a month ago I started getting pain on the right side of my throat below my jaw. It went away after about 5 days and recently came back. Now, in addition to the pain I feel when I swallow, I`ve noticed that my neck hurts when I move it, as if I slept funny. I feel this sensation in the same location. My neck is also slightly swollen on the right side. What`s going on?
One sided swelling in the neck below the jaw that is painful and comes and goes is likely a salivary gland. These glands can get blocked by stones (like kidney stones) that will then cause swelling and pain. A thorough history and physical from an ENT should get at the bottom of your problem.
Lee Zimmer, MD
Assistant Professor or Otolaryngology, Director of Endoscopic Cranial Base Center
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati