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Feels like there is a bruise on the back of my neck. It's at base of skull to the left of my spine. Started 2 days ago.

Feels like there is a bruise on the back of my neck. It's at base of skull to the left of my spine. Started 2 days ago.

Often myofascial: If this is spontaneous neck pain, no injury, it is likely myofascial - pain in the soft tissues of the neck. Benign condition. Often treated with heat, ice and OTC medications. Stretching often helps. If it persists, have it examined by a physician ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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Can a cut/bruise at back of tongue cause swollen neck and pain swallowing/yawning? Like muscle spasm or affect swallowing glands?

Can a cut/bruise at back of tongue cause swollen neck and pain swallowing/yawning? Like muscle spasm or affect swallowing glands?

Swelling: Having a cut or bruise at the back of the tongue can be serious, especially if you are presenting with ongoing symptoms. I suggest that you visit your dentist or an oral maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia and am having bad headaches. My head feels like it is bruised and the back of my neck hurts?

I have fibromyalgia and am having bad headaches. My head feels like it is bruised and the back of my neck hurts?

See a specialist: The best treatment for a headache is to know what type you have. See a headache or orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Lump on back of neck rash like bruise?

Lump on back of neck rash like bruise?

Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Dull aches on and off on my left side and left back of neck. Occasionally strong pain for a few seconds. About 15 times/day. Tender to touch. What's wrong?

Dull aches on and off on my left side and left back of neck. Occasionally strong pain for a few seconds. About 15 times/day. Tender to touch. What's wrong?

Muscle spasms: It could be spasms of the muscles on the left side of your neck. I would take some ibuprofen and consider seeing a chiropractor for treatment. ...Read more

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I have been having symptoms like tender back of neck, tiredness, can you help?

I have been having symptoms like tender back of neck, tiredness, can you help?

Relax: Anxiety or stress may lead to fatigue and tension in the back of the neck. Try to relax. Go for a walk, get fresh air, progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing exercises. Take care. ...Read more

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Hard lump on back of neck or spine. Not moveable. Tender to touch. What could this be?

Hard lump on back of neck or spine. Not moveable. Tender to touch. What could this be?

Infected cyst??: Sounds like you might have had a sebaceous cyst which got infected, hence it is harder and tender now. These are benign swellings in the skin occurring near a hair.
See your doc/surgeon about it for proper DX and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump that doesn't move and isn't attached to my skin underneath on back of neck. Also a little tender. What can it be?

I have a hard lump that doesn't move and isn't attached to my skin underneath on back of neck. Also a little tender. What can it be?

Lymphnode?: Could be a lymph node that is working as it should. However, if this does not go away in two weeks then you will need to be examined. ...Read more

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Worried about hump on back of neck/top of spine. Had since childhood can be tender and now have neck pain, Worried about cushings?

Worried about hump on back of neck/top of spine. Had since childhood can be tender and now have neck pain, Worried about cushings?

Be seen: If you are worried about it, I would not hesitate to be seen. Cushings can be easily checked for. There are two spinous processes in the spine between the cervical and thoracic areas that can be quite prominent in certain people and are not necessarily associated with cushings. Again, I would not hesitate to be checked if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Tender lump on back of neck, closer to spine, on the right side. Very stiff upper back muscles and pain. Lump has gotten smaller with applied heat?

Tender lump on back of neck, closer to spine, on the right side. Very stiff upper back muscles and pain. Lump has gotten smaller with applied heat?

Lump DDx: The differential diagnosis (DDx) of "lump" is mass-ive. If resolving with heat may be a tight "knotted" muscle. Consider seeing your primary MD to help with history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

No narcotics: If you are not getting relief, I suggest calling your prescribing physician and after stopping opioids and NSAIDS and ask about the use of a steroid dose pack (Medrol (methylprednisolone) or prednisone). Narcotics will not cure the inflammation. ...Read more

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Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

Dx costochondritis now tender over entire rib cage front&back of neck scalp breast and Jaw stiffness. Mild relief with opiod and NSAIDS is this normal?

Not normal!: Need to see your PCP and get further work up. Jaw stiffness along with all the inflammation in your body needs to be investigated and worked up with labs, and possible imaging. Discuss with your doctor. Don't delay! Mild relief is not enough. You are only treating symptoms. Let your doctor take the next steps! ...Read more

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Bump on back of neck under my skin?

Bump on back of neck under my skin?

Many things: It could be many things from lymph node to a cyst or soft tissue mass like lipoma
So see a doctor that can examine you and either assured you or treat you ...Read more

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How can I evaluate glands in the back of neck?

How can I evaluate glands in the back of neck?

Get it checked...: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why might someone have lumps in the back of neck?

Why might someone have lumps in the back of neck?

Cysts and lymphnodes: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Nasuea, pain in back of neck and head. What is it?

Nasuea, pain in back of neck and head. What is it?

Nausea: Nausea assosiated with headaches can be related the the beginning process of a migraine headache. Usually other symptoms associated with migraines are photophobia, unilateral headache, nausea, sometimes vomiting, a aura prior to headache. ...Read more

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Does witch hazel remove dark mark on back of neck?

Does witch hazel remove dark mark on back of neck?

Wtich hazel: Not necessarily. If you have a lesion on the back of the neck it may not remove it. However, it is a lot like alcohol when used as a wipe - and could remove soil marks. Please see this site for more info:
http://www. Witchhazeluses. Org/. ...Read more

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What causes bumps on the back of neck near hairline?

What causes bumps on the back of neck near hairline?

Have it evaluated.: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can sinus bother the back of your head and back of neck?

Can sinus bother the back of your head and back of neck?

Not usually: Not usually. Paranasal sinuses are located way anterior in facial area. They consist of frontal, ethmoid, sphenoid and maxillary sinuses. ...Read more

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I have a lump on back of neck. Discomforting & hurts at touch?

I have a lump on back of neck. Discomforting & hurts at touch?

Possible abscess: Most likely an abscess (an area of infection that can develop into ball of pus), secondary to an infected cyst or hair follicle, usually fairly painful, swollen, warm, red most of time along with an area that might be yellow-gold.
Fairly common Initially treated with warm compresses (towel soaked in warm water) for 10-15 minutes- 2-3X/day.
If no better, see doctor for possible drainage + meds. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice with headache and severe pain in back of neck!?

Can you give me advice with headache and severe pain in back of neck!?

Cervicogenic HA: Is a very common headache secondary to neck involvement. Cervicogenic headache is a unilateral pain provoked by neck movement or by pressure on the neck. These headache patients usually had a reduced cervical range of motion in association with the headache that was often radiated in the orbital and frontal areas. Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a darkened area on the back of neck. Its something like a pimple.

I have a darkened area on the back of neck. Its something like a pimple.

Go to the Doctor: Skin lesions have to be seen to evaluate them. Descriptions do not suffice in the cyber world. Please have this checked out by your physician the next time you see them. ...Read more

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I have a small sist like ball on the left side of back of neck is it dangerous?

I have a small sist like ball on the left side of back of neck is it dangerous?

Cyst: Cysts contain materail. Usually they are sebaceous and not dangerous. Rarely they represent a congenital or serious medical condition. Go to the skin doctor and get rid of it. ...Read more

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I have small spots at back of neck/top of shoulder, do you know what they can be?

I have small spots at back of neck/top of shoulder, do you know what they can be?

No: If new could be irritated hair follicles, if old can be sun damage-need to be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Hi. Pinch nerve in neck. (Right side) I feel winded when I get up from sitting down or vice versa. Feels tense in back of neck?

Hi. Pinch nerve in neck. (Right side) I feel winded when I get up from sitting down or vice versa. Feels tense in back of neck?

Getting winded: "feeling winded" sounds like a whole different set of issues. I would suggest immediate medical attention ...Read more

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Bruising (Definition)

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