I came down sick with what I thought was just a cold and then I started to have pain behind my ear and neck. I thought I had strep throat and an ear infection. I had to go to the ER because I just continued to get worse. Come to find out I had bacterial pneumonia and my lymph nodes were trying to fight it because I also had a sinus infection.
While at the hospital I asked the doctor what the swollen glands had to do do with me having pneumonia, and he said that my body was needing some extra reinforcements. Anyway, if you have swollen glads and cold/flu like symptoms, ask the doctor to check for pneumonia.