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3 Year Kid With Lumbs On Back Of Neck
Ii have a soft tissue edema on back of neck with chronic migraines no dr seems to no what 2 do this has been over a year?
Related vs Unrelated: Someone who has mysterious symptoms needs to find a primary care doctor who has the time and an interest in the particular type of symptoms. That doctor can evaluate and refer the patient to specialists to figure things out over time. For soft tissue edema, one needs to find out if it really is edema, and then why it's there. A dermatologist, ENT doctor, rheumatologist, and cancer doctor may help. ...Read more
What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull? Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male
Possibilities: It is possible to have a swollen lymph node in this region (called occipital nodes). It could also be a cyst such as an epidermal or sebaceous cyst. Another option is a (usually) benign fatty tumor called a lipoma. If it is getting larger or is tender/painful, or associated with other similar lumps, I would get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more
Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...Read more
73 year old woman feels pain in back of neck (she claims that it feels like her glands are swollen) for about 4 days now. What could this be?
Cannot diagnose: This requires full history, physical exam and perhaps some labs. See a doctor. ...Read more
Discovered a lymph node year ago, left side back of neck under hairline. I've been squeezing it ever since. It has gotten bigger. Should I be worried?
16 year old female extremly bad headache knot on bottom of the hairline back of neck moves around when I rub it?
Swollen lump for approx 1 year back of neck right side where skull meets neck. Hard and fixed. What could it be?
It could be....: Time to get examined and trated. Cannot be diagnosed online. Why have you waited a year? ...Read more
4 year old has hyper pigmentation on front and back of neck. Looks like acanthosis but skin is not thick. Does AN always have thickness?
Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?
Many possibilities: How big? Increasing in size? Painful? History of infections? History of cancer? how deep? What does it feel like? Swollen lymph nodes in the area? Redness to the skin? Does it move or is it fixed in position? Drainage? fever? itching? Fatigue? Large number of possibilities, benign cyst, fatty lump (lipoma), enlarged lymph node would be common, have a doctor check it. Most serious, but rare, cancer ...Read more
Dits been about a year and I have had 2 small dark colored freckles appear on my cheek bone and back of neck, should I check for melenoma?
See a dermatologist: I recommend going to see a dermatologist since I am not there to actually see it. The abcdes of melanoma are:a=asymmetry (one half unlike the other half), b=border (irregular, scalloped, poorly defined border), c=color (varied from one are to another), d=diameter (while melanomas are usually greater than 6mm they can be smaller when diagnosed), e=evolving (change in size, shape, color).See a dermatologist. ...Read more
Have palpable lymph node on back of neck for few months. And rather large lump on back of head for a year believed to be lymph nod. Should I concern?
Yes: Till you see your physician for evaluation, tests if indicated biopsy, once cleared then you don't have to worry. ...Read more
Swollen lymph node no pain right side back of neck, no other symptoms. Have an abcessd gum for 1 year no pain just pus, can that affect posterior node?
Yes: The presence of swollen lymph glands in the neck reflect 3 conditions. The first is a possibility of a primary lymph gland tumor or lymphoma, Tahe second, metastatic tumor from oral cavity and 3rd, draining infection. Treatment here is to resolve infection at which time node will regress. Other wise bx neeced ...Read more
Lump on back of neck, doctor said it was a swollen gland and should go away on it's own, it's been a year and still hasn't gone away?
Could cough and congestion in 5 year old cause enlarged nodes in neck. Would they be sore? Or could I headache at back of neck be from cold?
Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes on neck area can get enlarged due to different reasons, among the most common are upper respiratory tract infections. They can be sore and persist for several days. Most of the time they resolve on their own. If they don't and still present after 2-3 wks they should be evaluated. If that is the case the should visit pcp. ...Read more
To vague for dx: There are far too many conditions or agents that could be linked to this set of symptoms. You may need to see a doc if the problem doesn't self heal over a day or two. ...Read more
7 year old developed itchy rash first on back of neck later in day it spread to arms, stomach and legs no other symptoms, what is it and what to do?
Hard to say: If the rash is moving from a local to a general distribution it is unlikely a simple contact dermatitis like poison ivy. Generalized rashes can be secondary to an infection (virus or bacteria) a food reaction or bug bites. Without examining the rash it is hard to speculate on a cause or specific treatment. If it itches, Benadryl can be given for comfort. ...Read more
Pecan size lump in crease of arm about a year now. Doesn't move not warm or red or throbbing etc. Sometimes pain upper arm, shoulder, back of neck. Was in both arms, now just left arm.?
See MD: You need to have it evaluated by a physician. Could be a cyst, infection or enlarged lymph node. No way to tell without an examination. ...Read more
Off/on for past year+ I've been fighting an itchy rash on my butt (btwn chks). It comes/go. Recently I have had other symp-hair loss, rash on back of neck, behind knees. I have hypo thyroid. What cause?
I have lump back of neck, just below hair to the right of spine. About an inch and not painful. Have seen three docs, all said don't worry. Should i?
Hard to say: If you have a soft tissue lesion anywhere that you have noticed, it bears observation. Lesions that are increasing in size, especially rapidly, or those associated with increasing pain, are concerns for malignancy. A painless mass which is constant in size, unchanging in appearance, and unchanged over time is likely benign. Lipomas are the most common soft tissue benign lesions; common and benign. ...Read more
Is a very small, half size of pea hard fixed lump on back of neck for over 3 years no change in size a concern, had ultrasound nothing out of ordinary?
Suffered whip lash in my neck I had stiffness and pain for three days I've had headaches everyday since and a crackling sound in back of neck and head?
Whiplash: Whiplash has a strong tendence to be a chronic problem. The best way to avoid this is with vigorous and repeated physical therapy or neck exercises with heat. If you get the neck muscles really stretched out and loose (e.g., by stretching exercises, ear-to-shoulder, head rotation each side, and touching chin to chest--several times a day with moist heat or in a shower, you can heal this quicker. ...Read more
Is a 6x4x5 mm lymph node on back of neck at base of head that has been there over 20 years anything to worry sick over?
Not after 20 years: If you have had a lymph node for over 20 years and it has not changed you have nothing to worry about from that lymph node in its present situation. A lymph node goes up-and-down with infection but is sore when that occurs. A lymph node that changes and has no pain associated with it should be checked. Be sure it is a lymph node and not a cyst which is also benign. ...Read more
26 years old. Very painful lump on back of neck on the right side. The lump is very painful to touch and also when left alone. Headache on right side?
Rubber like mass in back of neck to the right side (1.5cm)been there 2 years didn't change. Doesn't move. Last lymphocytes count was 39%?
Lipoma?: "Rubber like mass than hasn't changed in 2 years" makes me think of a lipoma, which is a benign fatty growth (which "just happens" sometimes). It is easier to tell by looking, so show your doc next time you're seen. (lymphocyte percentage is kind of meaningless here, especially without all the other numbers in that test.) ...Read more
My fiance usually experiences numbness in the face and back of neck. She had vertigo a few years ago. Should she get this rechecked? Thanks.
7 y.o has lymph nodes to back of neck, enlarged since age 2. Doesn't hurt, not red, moves under skin. Child is thin but no wt. Loss. Need work up?
Needs follow up.: Cervical lymph nodes (in the neck) are common in children. They can persist for very long periods of time. Most important is that your pediatrician knows about them and re-examines them periodically (remind him or her from time to time). They can be removed surgically or biopsied but this is not usually necessary. ...Read more
I hear a rushing sound and feel a sensation of fluid in the back of neck going to the base of my head sometimes for years please tell me what this is?
No worries: I have heard this phenomenon described by many patients. It is nothing to worry about. I believe it to be coming from movement of the neck joints. These include joints between the skull and the first neck bone called the atlas, and a pair of facet joints at every disc level below that. That's a lot of joints that move, potentially resulting in a sound or fluid sensation. ...Read more
Approx 3mm size node on back of neck. Have had for years but seem to feel it better would a dry, itchy scalp cause or is that just a normal size nod?
Cyst: Epidermoid cysts are small bumps that develop beneath the skin on your face, neck, trunk and sometimes your genital area. Slow-growing and often painless, they rarely cause problems or need treatment unless they continue to grow. ...Read more
Lump on the back of neck, almost 15 years old, it was pea sized lump with no pain. Since yesterday he is feeling pain with inflammation. Help pls.
Lymph node: I'm sorry he isn't feeling well. The lump is most likely an inflamed lymph node. Lymph nodes get bigger and tender when fighting off an infection. The infection may be close by (scalp may have lice or ringworm, a local skin infection, for example). Once the infection clears, the lymph node should also subside. If it doesn't, another reason will have to be investigated. Best to go see his doctor! ...Read more