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I have a hard lump like knot on the back of my neck. Maybe even on the spine. Had small knot there for years but never hurt. Sore to even touch now?

I have a hard lump like knot on the back of my neck. Maybe even on the spine. Had small knot there for years but never hurt. Sore to even touch now?

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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Dizzy alot yesterday had a panic attck but now today had headaches and the back of my neck feels sore and almost weak try to crack but bones hurt?

Dizzy alot yesterday had a panic attck but now today had headaches and the back of my neck feels sore and almost weak try to crack but bones hurt?

Interesting: Your doctor would need alot more information, and perform a physical as well as check your vital signs. Dizzy, panic, neck sore, headache, and weak make me wonder about hypotension; neurocardiogenic syncope; and migraine, but there is no way to be more sure without a careful history and exam. Please don't hesitate to seek help! ...Read more

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I had a sore throat last week, hurt to swallow, glands swollen, sore neck, it went away and now its back! Feels like there's something back there! Help?

I had a sore throat last week, hurt to swallow, glands swollen, sore neck, it went away and now its back! Feels like there's something back there! Help?

Sire throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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Throat felt stuffy was coughing quite hard and it came from back of throat felt really sore when I coughed and now it hurts anything serious?

Throat felt stuffy was coughing quite hard and it came from back of throat felt really sore when I coughed and now it hurts anything serious?

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a viral cold or influenza(seasonal flu), a strep throat (bacterial and would need antibiotics), a sinus infection, allergies in the nose, wheezing in the lungs (would need more asthma treatment), sinus symptoms related to migraines, etc... Since one can have one or more of these issues, even at the same time, a doctor's visit is recommended. ...Read more

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Each morning I wake up, for about 4 days now, my throat is unbearable. It seems like it coming from the top back of my throat. When I swallow it hurts extremely bad. I have had a sore throat before and I'm pretty sure this isn't your typical one. After ga

Each morning I wake up, for about 4 days now, my throat is unbearable. It seems like it coming from the top back of my throat. When I swallow it hurts extremely bad. I have had a sore throat before and I'm pretty sure this isn't your typical one. After ga

Could be strep: If you have a severe sore throat it would be a good idea to see a doctor and be checked for strep infection. If it is strep you need antibiotics. With strep throat you often have very painful throat with pus, swollen lymph nodes, fever and no cough. There are other causes of sore throat but it is best to have a doctor look at it if it is severe. ...Read more

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I got over a cold that lasted 2 weeks. It ended but now I have a really sore throat that hurts when I swallow. It seems like its coming back. Hiv?

I got over a cold that lasted 2 weeks. It ended but now I have a really sore throat that hurts when I swallow. It seems like its coming back. Hiv?

Get checked: It is unlikely that you have acquired HIV given the extent and candor of your possible exposure history. Acute HIV is a flu-like or infectious mononucleosis-like illness. However, since you have been exposed and since you'll be unlikely to find peace of mind otherwise, please ask your physician about nucleic acid testing. Best wishes, and be safe. ...Read more

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I had a cold sore yesterday and now my throat hurts to swallow but no fever and the back of my throat is all white?

I had a cold sore yesterday and now my throat hurts to swallow but no fever and the back of my throat is all white?

Viral URI: It is difficult to tell without a clinical exam but your symptoms may be related to a viral upper respiratory tract infection. There are several other possibilities so it is best to consult with your physician. ...Read more

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Takn antibiotics for about a week for a sore throat now have a bad cough and hurts the back of hrad when I swallow y could this b had mastoiditis year?

Takn antibiotics for about a week for a sore throat now have a bad cough and hurts the back of hrad when I swallow y could this b had mastoiditis year?

Be reviewed: It may be the antibiotic only partially treated your infection or you may have a new infection. With your past history of mastoiditis it would be better to be examined. Be reviewed soon. All the best. ...Read more

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Had cold for week. Now back where nose meets throat very sore hurts to swallow. Feel mucus stuck there and coughs out bloody. Do I need antibiotic?

Had cold for week. Now back where nose meets throat very sore hurts to swallow. Feel mucus stuck there and coughs out bloody. Do I need antibiotic?

Not likley!: Your symptoms are consistent with tonsillitis in the usual progression of upper respiratory tract infections that are invariably viral! If you have previously had strep throat infections a screening swab &culture should be done, but unless you are among a community that carries that infection, it would be improbable for you to have strep.
Rest, fluids, salt h2o gargles &lozenges can help! ...Read more

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I have a sore throat for almost 2 weeks now the first week I had a white spot on my tonsils that hurt and now it only hurts and bother me when I swallow, it's like I'm swallowing my throat every time and I can feel it move up and down as I swallow, it's v

I have a sore throat for almost 2 weeks now the first week I had a white spot on my tonsils that hurt and now it only hurts and bother me when I swallow, it's like I'm swallowing my throat every time and I can feel it move up and down as I swallow, it's v

R/O CRYPT TRAPPING: Tonsilar crypt trapping can cause chronic tonsillitis you need to have throat cultured and a full panel of blood work. Empiric antibiotics Also ENT CONSULT re tonsillectomy. The firm external sensation may be a secondary enlarged lymph node. ...Read more

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Stinging Sore throat for 2 1/2 days now and back of mouth area is red and it hurts to swallow No swelling only mild symptoms of common cold?

Stinging Sore throat for 2 1/2 days now and back of mouth area is red and it hurts to swallow No swelling only mild symptoms of common cold?

Viral pharyngitis: If you have cold symptoms it is unlikely that you have strep throat. Is throat is quite sore and back of throat is significantly red go get a throat swab and culture. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I was doing a pull ups now my trapezius hurts and my neck is sore.?

What do you advise if I was doing a pull ups now my trapezius hurts and my neck is sore.?

Rest: Could have pulled the trap — it attaches on the neck- try a deep tissue massage- a good chiropractor can also help in 1-2 treatments ...Read more

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2 knots appeared below my hairline on the back of my neck. The larger one doesn't hurt but the little one is sore. . Should i be concerned?

2 knots appeared below my hairline on the back of my neck. The larger one doesn't hurt but the little one is sore. . Should i be concerned?

Lymph nodes: You may have some swollen lymph nodes secondary to a low grade infection in your scalp. Check with your doctor to seeif antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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When cold, could chills be felt all the way to the base of your neck? (I have neck/back issues, tense .hurts off & on, mostly sore) .curious

When cold, could chills be felt all the way to the base of your neck? (I have neck/back issues, tense .hurts off & on, mostly sore) .curious

Review Medical Hx: Yes, our bodies are composed of a substance called fascia, which explains why symptoms in one area of our body can be referred to a completely different area of our body. Do you have any thyroid or musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromyalgia? Do you have any autoimmune illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome or Hashimoto's? Have you considered osteopathic manipulative treatment? ...Read more

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My neck is very sore and now my throat hurts to swallow. Is it serios?

My neck is very sore and now my throat hurts to swallow. Is it serios?

Could be: You may have a deep-seated infection or other cause of inflammation that is both symptoms. It would be prudent to consult your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Woke up with a pimple like rash on my upper back. It’s limited to this area. Doesn’t itch or hurt. Back of neck sore but slept on it weird, I think.

Woke up with a pimple like rash on my upper back. It’s limited to this area. Doesn’t itch or hurt. Back of neck sore but slept on it weird, I think.

Rash: Since the rash is limited to your back and if it is on both sides of the spine, it could be a type of heat rash. A viral rash like shingles stays on one side only. Have a physician examine you if the rash persists or spreads. ...Read more

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My neck hurts from the front by ears all the way back. Its sore when I move it left right. It hurts by ears more than anywhere else?

My neck hurts from the front by ears all the way back. Its sore when I move it left right. It hurts by ears more than anywhere else?

TMJ?: If you have no problem hearing, and you have other problems like grinding your teeth at night, or earaches after chewing, you may have a problem called tempro mandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. See your doctor, or dentist to confirm. ...Read more

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My neck hurts from the front by ears all the way back. Its sore when I move it left right. It hurts by ears more than anywhere else.

My neck hurts from the front by ears all the way back. Its sore when I move it left right. It hurts by ears more than anywhere else.

May be spondylosis: Please consult a rheumatologist or an orthopedics doctor or may be, first see your pcp. The possible explanations are: * cervical spondylosis
*herniated disc
*neck sprain
*muscle spasm
*fibromyalgia
*djd
*muscle pull
* nerve compression, as it emerges from the cervical vertebrae, etc.
Thanks. ...Read more

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I moved neck the wrong way, now it hurts/is sore & i cant move it. I'm nervous that this may lead to stroke. Heating pad on neck helps. What do I do?

I moved neck the wrong way, now it hurts/is sore & i cant move it. I'm nervous that this may lead to stroke. Heating pad on neck helps. What do I do?

At 22?: Your question is like asking whether a low-speed rear-end collision will cause your car’s engine to explode. It’s about that far-fetched. A crick in the neck is painful, nothing else. You would benefit greatly from some general laypersons’ education about health and disease. ...Read more

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My neck hurts from the front by ears all the way back. Its sore when I move it left right. It hurts by ears more than anywhere else. Possible causes?

My neck hurts from the front by ears all the way back. Its sore when I move it left right. It hurts by ears more than anywhere else. Possible causes?

TMJ: Consider TMJ (tempro mandibular joint syndrome, ddd cervical spine, herniated cervical disc -you should see your physician for definitive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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So every day the top of my neck aches and from the back of my head to all over my head hurts. My head feels foggy and simple task are difficult. Ideas?

So every day the top of my neck aches and from the back of my head to all over my head hurts. My head feels foggy and simple task are difficult. Ideas?

Restless sleep: 23 yo female has chronic mental fogginess associated w. upper cervical pain radiating "all over head". Chronic superior trapezium muscle spasms beget tendonosis at occiput & muscle tension headaches; often misdiagnosed as "chronic migraines". Chronic pain interferes with restorative rem sleep; leading to daytime fatigue, depression & termed, when associated with fibromyalgia, "fibrofog". ...Read more

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Can asthma cause any kind of body aches? My shoulders my back hurt and my chest a lil. Also, have cervical neck problems can it be from that?

Can asthma cause any kind of body aches?  My shoulders my back hurt and my chest a lil. Also, have cervical neck problems can it be from that?

Not usually: Some patients may have chest "tightness" or a vague aching pain especially during a flare up, but it isn't likely that your asthma is causing other joint problems. There are however other lung diseases that are associated with joint priblems, and they may "look like" asthma. You would need more evaluation to know if this is the case, but frankly it's more likely that they are unrelated. ...Read more