Tender Lymph Nodes

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One of the symptoms people with CFS/ME may experience is tender lymph nodes in their neck or armpits.

Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands that serve as part of the body’s immune system, helping to filter out bacteria and viruses. They can become tender or swollen in response to an infection, inflammation, or cancer. In individuals with CFS/ME, the tenderness or swelling of these glands might be a sign of an ongoing immune response even in the lack of a notable infection.

However, it’s important to note that not everyone with CFS/ME experiences tender lymph nodes, and the presence of this symptom alone is not enough to diagnose the condition. CFS/ME is traditionally diagnosed based on a patient’s symptoms and medical history, as well as ruling out other possible causes of fatigue.

Treatment for tender lymph nodes in CFS/ME is typically focused on managing the overall symptoms of the condition. This might include lifestyle modifications, medication to control pain, nutrition (including supplementation) or therapy to manage fatigue.

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