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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.

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)?

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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What is the cause of swelling in the armpit with pain radiating into the back, chest and neck?

What is the cause of swelling in the armpit with pain radiating into the back, chest and neck?

Not normal: This is not normal and requires a formal a medical workup please see your orthopedic spinal specialist.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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.