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I have a lump in the back of my throat on the left side. What could it be?

I have a lump in the back of my throat on the left side. What could it be?

No simple answer: You need to check this out promptly....A good ENT can help resolve the question by a careful examination. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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I have strange ear/jaw/throat symptoms. Hard lump to the side of the tragus. Typical swimmers ear symptoms except lump. It is hard and jaw hurts a bit. Mostly getting better on own but lump is scary!!

I have strange ear/jaw/throat symptoms. Hard lump to the side of the tragus. Typical swimmers ear symptoms except lump. It is hard and jaw hurts a bit. Mostly getting better on own but lump is scary!!

I am unable to give: You a diagnosis without actually seeing the lump and performing certain tests. Is it towards the jawline, fevers? Is the lump diminishing as your ear gets better? If yes then monitor if it continues for more than 2 weeks, I recommend visiting your primary for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Back of only left side of what I believe is my lingual tonsils in my throat feels as if there is a huge lump while swallowing has been for weeks??

Back of only left side of what I believe is my lingual tonsils in my throat feels as if there is a huge lump while swallowing has been for weeks??

Get An Exam: Yeah, feels weird, right? If by"lingual tonsils"you mean little bumps on the back of your tongue, that's right, tonsil tissue is scattered on the top of the tongue back there & like any tonsil tissue can swell if it is revved-up for some reason, like inflammation, infection or some foreign material stuck back there. Some people are just unlucky enough to have big ones for no reason. Get it checked out ...Read more

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Throat hurts&lump under the left side of my jaw & also a sore in the back of my mouth that hurts when I swallow. It also makes crates alot of saliva?

Throat hurts&lump under the left side of my jaw & also a sore in the back of my mouth that hurts when I swallow. It also makes crates alot of saliva?

You need and exam: Symptoms are suspicious for an infection, either bacterial like a strep throat or viral. Without the ability to examen you and to look at the sore in your mouth, the best advice would be for you to see a physician to evaluate your throat. ...Read more

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Today I noticed a small lump inside the back of the neck on the left side. What could it be?

Today I noticed a small lump inside the back of the neck on the left side. What could it be?

Normal lymph node: We have lymph nodes scattered throughout our body & they are often detected in the neck where they sit on top of neck muscles. These nodes are little fluid strainers that take body lymph & remove stray germs and debris from things like bug bites. They are often pea sized at rest & grow to dime sized when working. Within 2-3 wks they often shrink back down unless they are stimulated further. ...Read more

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My 17 year old son has a pea size lump on the back of his neck under the skin it doesn't move it's just below hairline left side. What could this be?

My 17 year old son has a pea size lump on the back of his neck under the skin it doesn't move it's just below hairline left side. What could this be?

Possible cyst: Some individuals have a prominent point at the base of the skull bone in the midline in the back, and could feel like a nodule. Other likely diagnosis would be a sebaceous cyst, which arises from a hair follicle. They are benign and do not need to be removed unless iinfected, or painful, or continue to enlarge, in which case an excision is important to identify the true nature of the nodule ...Read more

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Lump on back of neck near C1 and C2 on left side about the size of a acorn, no pain associated with the bump?

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

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I have a lump on the back of head right on top of neck line. In addition, the left side back of the ear area is tender to touch. What could that be?

I have a lump on the back of head right on top of neck line. In addition, the left side back of the ear area is tender to touch. What could that be?

Ear infection: There is branch of lymph nodes or "intersections of your immune system" that run in a chain down your neck and around your neck line. Most likely you are feeling the swelling of a lymph node. Considering your ear hurts I would have to imagine you have an ear infection or some other irritation. ...Read more

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Lump behind my left knee and also on the back of my neck on the right side.?

Lump behind my left knee and also on the back of my neck on the right side.?

Require exam: These may not be related and cedrtainly require a physicial examination, blood testing and imaging. Make an appointment today. ...Read more

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I have a small lump about the size of a marble on the left side of the back of my neck by my spinal cord. Tender.?

I have a small lump about the size of a marble on the left side of the back of my neck by my spinal cord. Tender.?

See below: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will his doctor be in a position to tell him what's wrong and what needs to be done to help him. ...Read more

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Noticed a small lima bean shaped lump on the base of my skull on the back of my neck on the left side. No pain or any symptoms.

Noticed a small lima bean shaped lump on the base of my skull on the back of my neck on the left side. No pain or any symptoms.

Ok: Could be a cyst. If it is painless I would follow up with the doctor to see what the best imaging test is indicated. If it's just a cyst you may not need any testing this observation. ...Read more

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I feel a little lump on the left side back of my neck kinda where the shoulder and back of neck meet....and not sure if there is a gland there? And ma

I feel a little lump on the left side back of my neck kinda where the shoulder and back of neck meet....and not sure if there is a gland there? And ma

Lump: If this is something you have just noticed you must see your Primary doctor as soon as possible. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Meningiomas tumors does the lump show up on the outside of the skull? I have a lump on the back of my neck right where the skull and neck meet in the dip. On the left side. It's noticed by touch

Meningiomas tumors does the lump show up on the outside of the skull? I have a lump on the back of my neck right where the skull and neck meet in the dip. On the left side. It's noticed by touch

You don't have: Meningioma, a benign tumor is intra-cranial (in side the skull) originates from lining membrane of skull not brain itself so you can not feel it. What you are feeling is a fatty benign tumor - lipoma, common at that location, show to your doctor. ...Read more

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I have small lump at the back of my neck left side but it doesn't hurt?

A cyst or node: Epidermal inclusion (sebaceous) cysts and lipomas often occur here. Could also be a lymph node, but if not enlarging is not of concern. ...Read more

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2 yr old son with a lump at back of left side neck, size about 1 by 2 cm. Obvious when head turns to right. Gets bigger when sick. Possible diagnose?

2 yr old son with a lump at back of left side neck, size about 1 by 2 cm. Obvious when head turns to right. Gets bigger when sick. Possible diagnose?

Sounds like: A lymph gland....KIDS sometimes have very prominent lymph glands in their necks, especially if they have had frequent sore throats/ tonsillitis!
HOWEVER get it checked out at your child's next wellness visit!
Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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My nephew has an enlarged lump on the left side of his neck toward the back of his head. What could this be?

My nephew has an enlarged lump on the left side of his neck toward the back of his head. What could this be?

Lymph nodes: Good = movable, soft, variable size. Concerning = hard, red, tender, fixed, and progressively larger. Probably has a normal lymph node. They are located everywhere In The body. In the back of the head at the base of the skull there are lymph nodes in both sides. See your doctor and let him follow it with you. ...Read more

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Had a migraine on the left side for the 1st time (usually on right) and it has left a lump on the left side of the back of my neck.

Had a migraine on the left side for the 1st time (usually on right) and it has left a lump on the left side of the back of my neck.

Migraine: Migraine cannot cause lump, your headache must be due to something else like infection and this could be an abscess or gland. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a dime sized lump on the back of my neck that isn't painful, isn't moveable, and is right under my hair line on the left side.?

Many possibilities: There are many thoughts here. The best thing for you to do is to go to doctor and have it checked. It may just go away on its own but since you are worried get an exam ...Read more

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Hard immovable lump on back of neck near hairline (left side). Appeared last week and seems to change slightly in size. Should I worry?

Hard immovable lump on back of neck near hairline (left side). Appeared last week and seems to change slightly in size. Should I worry?

Yes, possibly!: 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

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Pain in the very back left side of my mouth under tongue sometimes when I swallow or move tongue. I also have a lump on the left back of neck?

Pain in the very back left side of my mouth under tongue sometimes when I swallow or move tongue. I also have a lump on the left back of neck?

See ENT or OMS: Numerous problems can affect your tongue, such as pain, sores. When there is a lump on your neck you'd better take immediate measures to find out its reason. See ENT for OMS for examination. ...Read more