Swollen Glands the signs and symptoms
One of the most common reasons that I see people in my consulting room is because they’re worried about swollen gland, and usually they’re talking about swollen glands in their necks. I suspect the reason so many people worry about swollen glands is that they know that they can be a symptom of cancer. Well here’s the good news: they almost always mean something much less scary. So let’s think a little bit about what they are.
So we can understand why you get them, and what you need to look out for basically your glands, or quot;lymph glandsquot; or quot;lymph nodesquot; are kind of like stations on a complicated railway network and the railway lines are your lymph channels. Now those lymph channels are filled with a fluid called lymph, and they carry the white blood cells which help your body to fight off infection around your body.
If you get an infection in one part or if your body spots an quot;invaderquot; it activates your body’s immune system, your defense mechanisms, and they send white cells rushing to the spot. They’ll congregate at that Station, that lymph node, and that’s why glands swell. If your slim you may be able to feel normal size glands actually they’re about the size of a pea or a bit smaller and some of them are just underneath the skin whereas others.
Are buried deep inside the inside of your tummy and inside your chest but those ones that you can feel, are mostly in the armpits in the groin and round the head and neck now, you have title tracks of lymph glands which go behind there and a little group in front of your ears you have more underneath the chin and yet more just above your collar bone here. We also have a chain which goes round the back of your scalp, right at the bottom there.
So there are lots and lots of glands, and actually if you feel one, it may not be enlarged at all however by far the most common reason for lymph glands to get swollen is infection, and that does cause enlargement. Kids who have a lot of tonsillitis or sore throats, their glands will be going up and down like that all the time. If you have an infection it’ll often make your glance well very quickly because your body is rushing very quickly to the spot.
Those glands will not only be large, but then also be tender now which glands will be swollen will depend on where the infection is so for instance your whole leg cranes to the limp glands in your groin, so an infection in your toe could cause swollen glands in your groin. Very much less likely, breast cancer, or an infection in your breast, drains to the lymph glands in your armpit so it could cause inflammation if those ones there.
Obviously, sore throats could also cause swollen glands inside your neck, but so too can say an infection on the skin of your scalp. Cancer much less commonly causes inflammation. Some infections like glandular fever can make all your glands swell, some cancers, such as cancer of the lymph system itself can make all your glands swell but those swollen glands tend in cancer to be much more slow.
TMJ Exercises Stretches to Relieve Jaw Pain Ask Jo
Hey everybody, it’s Jo. I got an email from Barry and he was having some TMJ pain. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint which is your jaw joint right there. And I’m gonna show you today just some simple stretches and strengthening exercises to get that TMJ feeling better. So we’re just gonna start off, you want to start off gently with these exercises, you don’t want to push very hard because this joint is small and it can get irritated very quickly. The first one you wanna do is you’re gonna use the palm of your hand so you’re not pushing with your fingers, but you’re using just your palm. You’re gonna put your palm on one side, doesn’t matter because we’re gonna do both. And you gonna keep your.
Mouth and teeth aligned. So the jaw stays in one spot, your teeth stay aligned so they’re not going back and forth like that. You’re gonna keep it nice and still and you’re gonna push your palm in that way. And just hold it in place. A nice little 5 second push. Good. See how my jaw’s not actually moving but I’m just putting gentle pressure on one side. Then after your do that maybe 35 times, 5 seconds a piece, then you’re gonna switch and do the same thing on the other side. So make sure you don’t just do one side and not the other side cause you wanna keep it even. The next one really simply, you’re gonna open your mouth just a little bit and put your fingers inside but make sure you don’t bite.
Your fingers. You’re not biting, your keeping again your jaw still and pushing pressure down this time. So you’re gonna put your fingers in your mouth on your bottom teeth, and just push down. See again my jaw’s not moving. I’m not stretching it open, I’m keeping it in one spot. Again just start off with about 5 seconds of gentle pushing and do that about 5 times. The last one is to stretch out the join back here. You’re going to put your palm on your chin and just push straight back. Again you wanna make sure that your teeth are in alignment. If your teeth are over here or over here and your moving it, you’re going to irritate that joint. So just palm on the chin. And relax your jaw. And push straight.
Back. So those are the exercises to strengthen and stretch out your TMJ joint if you’re having some pain in your jaw. Just start off with about 5 seconds and then build your way up, but make sure your not pushing too hard. These are gentle stretches for that small joint in your jaw. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section. And if you’d like to check out some more tutorials go to AskJo . Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon!.