Among my digestive issues, fatigue, poor skin quality and dark circles I have swollen glands in my neck that have been there for years, mostly on the right side, they swell and lessen from time to time
Is there any connection here? Should I be concerned? Is it an adrenal problem? Someone mentioned that my symptoms were consistent with hyperthyroidism, could these swollen glands in my neck be linked?
I hate to ask the obvious, but have you been to a doctor for this problem? If your swollen glands were a new thing I'd first suspect some kind of acute illness (happens to me), but since you say it's been years (coupled with other symptoms), I say get thee hence to a medical professional.
Your symptoms are more consistent with HYPOthyroidism, which can present with a goiter (enlarged thyroid) just as easily as hyperthyroidism can. In the case of the latter, it's proliferating, overactive gland. In the case of the former (more consistent with your symptoms), the gland is proliferating due to either: a) an inflammatory response, and is trying to make more hormone but can't; or b) is lacking iodine and becomes hyperplastic (excessive growth) in an attempt to make up for it.
A) could be something like Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune inactivation of the thyroid stimulating hormone receptors. B) is as simple as inadequate iodine intake. Either way, you should see a doctor and have your thyroid hormone and iodine levels checked.
I get swollen lymph nodes in my neck whenever i am stressed. I assume that the stress weakens my immune system, and the lymph nodes are stepping in to take up the fight against whatever bazillion nasty things out there are trying to take over my body.
Wow, this site is a joke. All these " I know more than a doctor types" ( and not just is this case but everytime someone has a medical isssue). No one tells the dude to go to the doctor when it is pretty clear he should go. I am not one who goes to the doctor for every little thing...but sometimes your sypmtons tell you to GO!!! Find a good doctor and go..there are some good ones. Ask a lot of questions and tell them everything! If your not satisfied with there response guess what...you can go find another doctor! No one here is going to be able to tell you what is wrong, despite what they think.