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Hi, I had some allergy issues about a month ago. Started on Flonase and allergy seemed to clear up, but I noticed what I thought was a swollen lymph node afterwards and my left ear (same side as lymph node) felt clogged up. Waited two weeks, went to doctor and we tried prednisone (ear felt slightly better but node did not change), and then antibiotics. No change. Feeling some pain (not intense...but just slight pain) on left side of neck where swollen node was. Went to ENT and was told that it is not a lymph node that is swollen, but rather inflammation on the outside of my carotid artery. He called this carotidynia. I have also, in the past week, been experiencing some slight vertigo issues. The first time it happened I went to ER thinking it was related to the carotidynia, but CT Scans, EKG etc were all fine. So, my question. Can this little bump on my neck (the inflamed carotid) cause my ear to feel plugged up? And,maybe that caused my vertigo? Has anyone else heard of this? If I hold my neck just right,I can see the bump and see my pulse in there. So strange! Let me know if anyone else has experienced this and if maybe my ear/vertigo symptoms are related to the carotidynia. Thank you
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