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Causes Of Soft Lump On Back Of Neck
Different options: That area has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, vessels, muscles and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more
Many things: Could be taut muscle band or muscle spasm called a tender point or a trigger point. This could also be a tender lymph node, especially if you were recently sick. Other things could be a boil or a lipoma. If it is bothering you and does not resolve, see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more
Should a hard lump on inner side of calf muscle be cause for concern? Lump is small. Recently had a similar hard lump on back of neck. 33 yr old male.
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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
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
Hard immovable lump on back of neck near hairline (left side). Appeared last week and seems to change slightly in size. Should I worry?
You should see a primary care physician soon for a thorough evaluation. Your "lump" can be something common that doesn't necessarily need treatment (lipoma, sebaceous cyst) or something treatable (boil, abscess) or something potentially serious (enlarged lymph node) or something definitely serious (cancerous tumor).
Since you are in Wash, DC, you can make appt to see me. ...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?
Hard to say: There are many potential causes and usually a detailed exam can determine the cause. It is usually a superficial and benign condition such as, for example, a lipoma or an epidermoid cyst. Consider being checked. ...Read more
You should see a doc: You can start with your family doctor or a general physician. All physicians know how to investigate a lump. This will require physical examination as the first step. Then there may be a need for a test or two and a possible biopsy or excision depending on the doctors impression of its cause. ...Read more
Have small lump on back of neck. It hurts and I think has a lot to do with my migraines. Any ideas/advice on what to do??
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
Hard nonmoveable lump on back of neck not attached to skin - has been there about a month. Also feeling nauseous. Should I be concerned?
Yes: It may be related to bone. See an ortho or oncologist ...Read more
Big lump on back of neck on right side near spine bone. I tried massaging it but its still there? Had it for a few months. What is it most likely?
Be seen: It could be several benign things, but you need to see your physician for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more
Lump on back of neck near C1 and C2 on left side about the size of a acorn, no pain associated with the bump?
Cyst: Usually these are sebaceous cysts or lipomas. Both are benign. Could be something else so keep an eye on it and see someone if it is enlarging. ...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?
When neck bent forward, can feel bony, roundish lump on back of neck. Could this be C1, 2 or 3 vertebrae? Do any of them normally protrude more?
Maybe c7: You should. It feel upper cervical vertebrae easily. Nthe bump, should be at c7 because this does protrude a bit more than the others. See a chiropractor, or pmr doc to determine if your alignment is correct or abnormal. A treatment program will follow ...Read more
Nervous. Woke up and felt raised hard pea size lump on back of neck near hairline. Saw nurse practicioner same day. She says bug bite. Sounds wrong. Ideas?
Keep an eye on it.: I would just keep an eye on it. If it resolves (which may take weeks to months), I would not worry. However, if it grows or multiplies I would go back to my medical provider. ...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?
I've recently had numerous tests like bloods & mri's but all come back clear. I have a lump on back of neck and head always feels heavy, tired always.
They can't find any: Thing wrong! This is the title of a book and a bigger theme in medicine. Assuming you indeed have had all the tests, stress could be the cause of the head heaviness and fatigue. Stress can cause a lot of physical symptoms. Appropriately, you've had tests and seen doctors to exclude a serious medical condition. Now you need a doctor to help you with stress and tension, most likely. ...Read more
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?
I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?
Cyst/node: The lesion behind the ear could be a sebaceous cyst (when sweat gland gets plugged & forms a cyst), the neck could also be a cyst but enlarged lymph node (may be indicative of underlying inflammation/infection) needs to be considered also. Would recommend evaluation with a Physician. ...Read more
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
The more I feel for lumps I keep finding it scaring me so much its like im obsessed just found a little small one towards back of neck so scared?
See Doctor: Most lumps smaller than the size of a standard pencil eraser are not serious, but if you are worried, a primary care doctor can help you figure out if there is anything going on. ...Read more
Neck anatomy: Other than lipoma, this could also be just normal anatomy -- at the base of the neck, the C7 and t1 spinous processes are much longer than the spinous processes above them, which results in a "bump" at the cervicothoracic junction which is actually normal. Nothing needs to be done about that. ...Read more
Hi I have a painful lump in back of my neck it hurts to move or touch the left side of back of neck im 53yrs old and I know its not a regular cyst?
Lymph node?: Sounds like it is a cyst - trichilemmal or sebaceous or possibly a lymph node. ...Read more
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