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What causes a recurring swelling on top of the bone behind your bottom earlob? This happens every couple of months and rotates sides...

What causes a recurring swelling on top of the bone behind your bottom earlob? This happens every couple of months and rotates sides...

Swelling behind ear: The most common swelling right behind the ear over the mastoid bone is some kind of cyst. Sebaceous cysts are common. Another swelling could be an enlarged lymph node as a reaction to some prior infection in this area. Both of these can fluctuate in size from month to month. Lymph nodes feel firmer, solid and tend to get smaller over time. Cysts feel softer, compressible and get larger over time. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Soreness in bone behind ear, what could be wrong?

Soreness in bone behind ear, what could be wrong?

Tendonitis: In the absence of ear pain or hearing loss, the most likely cause of pain behind the ear is tendonitis of the scm muscle which attaches to the mastoid tip. Hear and analgesic should help. ...Read more

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Bone behind knee worn down and causes my leg to give way. Can anything be done?

Bone behind knee worn down and causes my leg to give way. Can anything be done?

Sound bad: This is a common way of saying you have osteoarthritis that is bad. Joint replacement is the fix. Braces can give support, cortisone can give temporary relief. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel that a certain bone behind the ear might a little bit bigger than the other? Mine felt similar to a bump

Is it normal to feel that a certain bone behind the ear might a little bit bigger than the other? Mine felt similar to a bump

Yes: It is called the mastoid process. One side of the skull is not completely symmetric with the other. Perhaps you always laid with one side down on your back as an infant, which might have mushed one of them a bit. ...Read more

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Fells like hard little knot on mastoid bone behind ear been there a couple of weeks has not gotten bigger 31 yr old female no other symptoms w c I be?

Fells like hard little knot on mastoid bone behind ear been there a couple of weeks has not gotten bigger 31 yr old female no other symptoms w c I be?

May be normal: The mastoid tip is a bony protuberance behind the ear. Some people suddenly notice it and think it's abnormal. Is it really a "new" bump? If so have evaluated by your md. ...Read more

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I have a hard bone behind my left ear. It is significantly different from the right side. It feels like bone and doesn't hurt but I get frequent migra?

I have a hard bone behind my left ear. It is significantly different from the right side. It feels like bone and doesn't hurt but I get frequent migra?

Get an eval: Tough to say what that could be. Possibly an enlarged, hardened lymph-node or your mastoid bone, that for some reason became inflamed and enlarged. Get the area evaluated to be safe. Best wishes. ...Read more

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The mastoid bone behind my right ear is bigger than the left?

The mastoid bone behind my right ear is bigger than the left?

Often times this: Is a normal variation. None of us are perfectly symmetrical and if you compare the right side of your face to the left, or your right hand to your left, you will see they are different: larger, smaller, different shape, etc. But sometimes the larger size of the mastoid indicates infection that has spread from the ear. Usually there would be significant associated pain. Consult your Doctor with? 's ...Read more

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Can there be a small bone behind that surrounds the ear canal?

Yes: The ear contains the smallest bones in the body, the incus, the malleus, and the stapes. So, there are actually 3 bones in the ear! ...Read more

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The bone behind my knee cap has worn down and causes my leg to give way. Can this be fixed?

The bone behind my knee cap has worn down and causes my leg to give way. Can this be fixed?

Total knee: Some knee cap arthritis can be treated with medications and exercise. When those things fail, consideration of resurfacing or a total knee is appropriate. ...Read more

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Bone behind right ear is more prominent then behind left ear. No pain. Is this type of asymmetry normal?

Bone behind right ear is more prominent then behind left ear. No pain. Is this type of asymmetry normal?

Asymmetry is normal: Asymmetry is normal but. Without an examination can't tell to what degree of asymmetry there is. Best to see your PCP for exam and evaluation ...Read more

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Painless lump hard lump on bone behind ear I had it for a few awhile now but I noticed that it has grown a bit?

Painless lump hard lump on bone behind ear I had it for a few awhile now but I noticed that it has grown a bit?

Mass: It doesn't matter what I think it might be based on the limited information you have provided, it needs to be seen by a doctor. I'm not sure why you have been watching it for "awhile" but now sought medical attention on line instead of in person but you already know you need medical evaluation. See your doctor. ...Read more

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My lingual frenectomy was done by cutting part of the flesh off the bone behind my bottom teeth instead of frenulum itself. Is that a normal method?

My lingual frenectomy was done by cutting part of the flesh off the bone behind my bottom teeth instead of frenulum itself. Is that a normal method?

Yes: The true attachment for the tongue is huge. A frenectomy will look gruesome for a while. Any oral surgeon who performed such a procedure will require you to return for a post operative evaluation. Discuss your concerns with them at your follow-up appointment.
Provided that there was no infection or complications i'd expect 1mm of healing per day. ...Read more

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I have three small bumps on my mastoid bone. (Which I believe is the bone behind your ear) They are immobile and don't hurt. There is no/not much grow?

Need more info: They could be cysts or bone growths. To be sure see your family physician to be sure. Chances from what you describe the "bumps" are in all likelihood benign but must be seen by your physician. ...Read more

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I have bad pain in bones behind ear going up in head. What can I do to help it?

I have bad pain in bones behind ear going up in head. What can I do to help it?

Do u wear glasses?: If you wear glasses make sure they do not get too tight behind your ears! Very common pain in bone from pressure! If not - do u have sinus& ear pain, congestion? Fever? Headache? If not - unlikely sinus infection. Try Ibuprofen, cold compress, rest, gentle massage- " Tiger balm". If pain persists - see doctor. ...Read more

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I have 3 hard, painful lumps on the bone behind my right ear. I'm starting to get a slight headache and a little naseas. What is it?

I have 3 hard, painful lumps on the bone behind my right ear. I'm starting to get a slight headache and a little naseas. What is it?

Infection?: I think it is time for you to check with your doctor to find out what's wrong if the problem has gone on for more than a couple of days or has been getting more severe. ...Read more

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Can ur bone behind ur right ear be larger the the bone behind the left? Is this normal? I do have a small pea size cyst behind right ear.

Can ur bone behind ur right ear be larger the the bone behind the left? Is this normal? I do have a small pea size cyst behind right ear.

Mastoid bone: The bone behind that ear is the mastoid bone. It commonly has many air cells that communicate with the middle ear. If there is no redness, pain or tenderness to the touch and you ear drum and hearing are normal, it is possible that there may an asymmetry of the size of the mastoid bone. See an ENT doctor is you are concerned. ...Read more

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31 yr old female knot on mastroid bone behind ear for a month has not gotten bigger. Is not sore or moveable no other symptoms should I worry?

31 yr old female knot on mastroid bone behind ear for a month has not gotten bigger. Is not sore or moveable no other symptoms should I worry?

No.: A knot or lump in that area is probably an enlarged lymph node. Lymph nodes enlarge due to infection/inflammation typically. I only worry about cancer if nodes continue to grow over time. If it does not go away on its own within 2-4 more weeks, see a physician. But, otherwise I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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25 y old male. Feel 1 lymph node on bone behind ear its movable. 0.8-1cm diameter. Been there for at least 3 months. Is this normal size? Lymphoma?

25 y old male. Feel 1 lymph node on bone behind ear its movable. 0.8-1cm diameter. Been there for at least 3 months. Is this normal size? Lymphoma?

Near normal: It is not uncommon of lymph node behind the ear to become a little larger for trivial issues with the scalp, like dandruff. If it has not changes in 3 months, you can ignore it. If there are any issues with your scalp, please attend to those. ...Read more

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I have a hard painless lump on the bone behind my ear. What could it be?

I have a hard painless lump on the bone behind my ear. What could it be?

? lymph node: Could be a lymph node or cyst if it moves around. Hard to tell without an examination. If it's on the other side as well, could just be a prominence of the bone. ...Read more

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I noticed a lump or swelling on the bone behind my right ear last night. Its now very painful today should I be seen by a dr?

Ear lump: Hello, the bone behing your ear is called your mastoid prominence. There are lymph nodes in this area that may become inflamed and cause pain. I would recommend ibuprophen as directed for a few days. If this persists, then see your family doctor. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I found a small, pea sized bump on the bone behind my ear. It is soft to the touch and easy to push down. It doesn't hurt much.

I found a small, pea sized bump on the bone behind my ear. It is soft to the touch and easy to push down. It doesn't hurt much.

Lipoma/Lymph node: The description sounds most like something called a lipoma. We all have them & gen find them by accident, if ever. They are small fatty balls that are soft & easily move. They are usually painless & if they don't bother you we don't bother them. Another poss is this is a lymph node, espec if it can be a little painful. Espec poss if you had a recent cold or ear ache. Grows/painful get it checked. ...Read more

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I have pain on the bone behind my ears? It really hurts and sensitive to touch. Left ear behind on the bone hurts the most it's achy

May be muscle: Since behind both ears it may be muscle. We need to know what else you have going on. This is something to discuss this with your physician. It coudl be from the neck as well and your evlaaution will clarify this. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump that feels like a bone behind my ear it doesn't hurt unless I touch it then it feels like its burning and sends pain up my face?

I have a hard lump that feels like a bone behind my ear it doesn't hurt unless I touch it then it feels like its burning and sends pain up my face?

Lesion: It sounds like you have a cyst on the glossopharyngeal nerve. It is not possible to tell why you have it from your story - it could be from a recent infection, it could be scar tissue. .. or a cyst that is compressing the nerve sheath. You need to have a physical exam by your doctor, and then you may need other tests afterwards depending on what she sees. ...Read more

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Small, soft to touch pea sized lump on mastoid bone behind ear, been present for a couple of years now, mobile and painless. Anything to worry about?

Small, soft to touch pea sized lump on mastoid bone behind ear, been present for a couple of years now, mobile and painless. Anything to worry about?

Lymph node: Probably nothing of concern. The differential diagnosis generally would be a reactive lymph node versus an epidermal inclusion cyst. This could be removed to be sure however with growth or changes. An Otolaryngologist would be able to determine this readily on physical exam. ...Read more