I had papillary thyroid cancer follicular variant in 2010, thyroidectomy in 10/10, RAI in 11/10. I've alway had a parotid gland on the left side that has been screwy since the RAI, but it's in my cheek. Ever since my survey 19 months ago, I'm still getting bouts of hoarseness, breaking out in hives, (I carry benedryl spray in my purse), and constantly feel like a pill or food is still stuck in my throat. My endo says call my family doc, my family doc says check with the endo, and so it goes. A few days ago I noticed a tenderness in my neck, under my ear, near my jaw bone....yep a little hard enlargement! I have not been sick or had any infections at all....other than a severe itch on my neck under the swollen lymph area. I called the endo to question this and suddenly they want to see me first thing Monday morning and are questioning if I have all of my lymph nodes from my thyroidectomy etc, and if I've been scanned since my surgery. Is this really a cause for me to fret? Do lymph nodes normally get swollen and hard and long kinda ropey feeling under the skin??