Tenderness on front or side of neck can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose tenderness on front or side of neck, we could:
|Infectious Mononucleosis||1%||Ruled out|
|Enlarged Lymph Nodes||0%||Ruled out|
|Epstein-Barr Virus||0%||Ruled out|
|Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)||0%||Ruled out|
SIDES OR FRONT OF NECK: Do you have any tender or painful lymph nodes here?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ Often, but not right now
→ 1-2 lymph nodes painful
→ 3 or more lymph nodes painful
Enlarged Lymph Nodes also suggests the following possibilities: