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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Swelling In Back Of The Neck

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What causes swelling, lump on back of neck near spine?

What causes swelling, lump on back of neck near spine?

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

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Back of left side of neck to my shoulder blade with pain and swelling. What could be the cause?

Back of left side of neck to my shoulder blade with pain and swelling. What could be the cause?

Did you : Injure it? Are you left handed? Do you carry your purse on that shoulder? It sounds like some kind of spasm that is causing the swelling and pain. Have you tried ice or heat or Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen)? ...Read more

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I have a itchy rash on my neck and head and the back the back of my neck has some swelling. What may be the cause.?

I have a itchy rash on my neck and head and the back the back of my neck has some swelling. What may be the cause.?

Needs to be checked: It needs to be evaluated as the rash is there can be few causes of this.Have you used any cream or ointment.See your doctor or a dermatologist
it could be a bug bites, skin infection like impetigo, sometimes the bug bites get infected as well. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause swelling under the eyes? I feel like there is something stuck at the back of the throat.

Can acid reflux cause swelling under the eyes? I feel like there is something stuck at the back of the throat.

Gerd: Hello to someone from my home in Sac Town. Me from the Pocket area. Understand the Delta Breeze reference completely. How are the River Cats doing? Anyway, enough chit-chat. Reflux alone unlikely to cause swelling under eyes, but could cause sensation of fullness or of something being stuck in back of throat. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for a one sided large, soft, non tender swelling palpable under the jaw or in the back of the throat? No fever, rash, lesion

What are possible causes for a one sided  large, soft, non tender swelling palpable under the jaw or in the back of the throat? No fever, rash, lesion

Not tumor: In addition to dr. Zapanta's explanations, would comment that tumors are hard, not soft (lymphoma typically ruber-hard, carcinoma just hard). Inflammation secondary to infection may be the most common cause if its tender... ...Read more

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I have a swelling of some sort on my back right below the base of the neck.it doesn't hurt but is very noticeable. The back of my neck hurts.

Lymph node: A proper history and exam can give more information but lymph nodes can be painful and present on the neck. Lipomas or cysts can also erupt there. Please get checked ...Read more

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I had a little bump on the back of my neck for a long time and over the weekend it became very large and painful. What can I use to get the swelling d?

I had a little bump on the back of my neck for a long time and over the weekend it became very large and painful. What can I use to get the swelling d?

Neck lump: Likely a skin surface cyst or infection, it would be best to see a doctor to determine the best course. Otherwise, warm moist compresses and avoid squeezing the bump. ...Read more

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Wat if the edemas in the back of your neck it all ways hurts and swelling never goes away?

Wat if the edemas in the back of your neck it all ways hurts and swelling never goes away?

Not to worry: I asssume you mean the muscle spasm in your neck.If the spasm continues to be present , you will continue to have pain, at first pain may be durable, but with time it will get worse, headache may present that you will have to a doctor for evaluation and medication. ...Read more

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Hi.. I have a soft tissue swelling on the back of my neck with a lump. My neck is also a bit stiff. What could be causing this?

Hi.. I have a soft tissue swelling on the back of my neck with a lump.  My neck is also a bit stiff. What could be causing this?

Exam needed: A physician would have to examine your neck and palpate the lump in order to make a diagnosis. The neck stiffness may or may not be related. Occasionally soft tissue accumulates at the base of the neck causing a "dowager's hump" which can be seen in certain endocrine disorders like Cushing's syndrome or corticosteroid use ...Read more

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Had discomfort in my neck 4 weeks. Saw 2 doctors but they said nothing was wrong. Now there's a swelling on back of my neck when I turn my head left?

Had discomfort in my neck 4 weeks. Saw 2 doctors but they said nothing was wrong. Now there's a swelling on back of my neck when I turn my head left?

Recheck.: It may have been there wasn't anything on your exam before. Things can change. If you are now feeling a swelling then you should have your doctor take another look. Some times it takes time for a condition to progress to the point that we can diagnose it. ...Read more

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What may be the cause of thickness around the spine just below my neck. my neck is sore almost constantly but the swelling is not painful to touch ?

What may be the cause of thickness around the spine just below my neck. my neck is sore almost constantly but the swelling is not painful to touch ?

Your age is needed: When you say "thickness" around the spine I assume you are talking about the musculature in your neck. To answer your question it would be helpful to know your age and occupation and any other symptoms like loss of cervical motion, tingling in your arms. I would suggest that you consult with your family physician to ascertain the cause of this "thickness". ...Read more

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I have a boil on the back of my head, the swelling has gone down but then i found two sollen glands at the back of my neck under the boil.

I have a boil on the back of my head, the swelling has gone down
but then i found two sollen glands at the back of my neck under the boil.

See below: If you have a boil it is very common for the lymph nodes in the local area to get inflammed. They will go away as the boil subsides. ...Read more

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Back behind my left ear on my head/neck area I feel pain and swelling when I touch it.

Back behind my left ear on my head/neck area I feel pain and swelling when I touch it.

Possible problem.: The mastoid is located behind the ear. If it is your mastoid that is tender, it could be a sign of mastoiditis and should be evaluated right away. You could also have muscle, nerve and or bone problems in that area causing pain. Your best option is to get it checked out by your physician. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the swelling to go away sweat gland on hair line back of neck

How long does it take for the swelling to go away sweat gland on hair line back of neck

A week or two: If it is heat-rash, it should go away in a week or two if you can keep cool and dry. Often, no treatment is needed. Topical steroid may help it go away a bit faster, but typically not really needed. If it is not a heat-rash, you may have swollen lymphnodes, they may take couple of weeks. If infected sebaceous cyst, it may need to be lanced/treated. If getting worse, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Live in mid-fl. In yard clearing brush when bit on back of neck. After 24 hrs, swelling as big as silver dollar, still itches. Am anaphylaxic?

Live in mid-fl. In yard clearing brush when bit on back of neck. After 24 hrs, swelling as big as silver dollar, still itches. Am anaphylaxic?

Likely not: It looks like you have local reaction to some insect bites. I don't see you mention about problems breathing, diffused rashes or hives, and abdominal pain other GI symptoms so you don't have anaphylaxis. The bite site can last for a few days. Try warm compress. If it get worse, you might have cellulitis and need to be seen by a physician. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of an itchy rash with swelling on the back of my head near my neck?

How can I get rid of an itchy rash with swelling on the back of my head near my neck?

Get a diagnosis: Get a proper diagnosis. It could be fungal (tinea capitis) or bacterial (cellulitis) or allergic. These are all treated differently so it is important to know which one you have. ...Read more

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Bumps on face, neck, chest, back, smells, burns, itchy what causes this? No swelling, pull crystal, hard core out

Bumps on face, neck, chest, back, smells, burns, itchy what causes this? No swelling, pull crystal, hard core out

Not sure that I: Understand all of your input. There isn't a way to provide you with a diagnosis with the information provided. Would encourage dermatological evaluation for assessment ; treatment plan. ...Read more

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Why are my glands swelling and sore around my ears, front and back of my neck? Feeling like i'm getting a temperature too

Why are my glands swelling and sore around my ears, front and back of my neck? Feeling like i'm getting a temperature too

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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How to relieve the hot burn from peppermint oil? My husband has swelling in the back of his neck i used peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil.

How to relieve the hot burn from peppermint oil?  My husband has swelling in the back of his neck i used peppermint oil mixed with lavender oil.

Cold pack may help: I would use a bit of soap and cool water to wipe off the oil, then use a cold pack (ice in plastic bag and wrapped in thin towel will do also) will help. The peppermint will "burn itself out" in about 1-2 hours (must wipe off the oil). Hope this will help. If not better, call doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more