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Doctor insights on: Lump In Back Of Neck On Left Side

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

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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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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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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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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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

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I have a lump in back of neck that is being treated as a cyst. Was put on sulfameth Wednesday, now I have a swollen lymph nose on side of neck.

I have a lump in back of neck that is being treated as a cyst. Was put on sulfameth Wednesday, now I have a swollen lymph nose on side of neck.

Need re-exam: There are several causes and diagnosis for the "cyst" on the back of your neck. I would advise you to see your primary care physician to get a referral to a surgeon the excise the "cyst" and see what kind of a lesion it is composed of. The swollen lymph node & the "cyst" may be related and could be a more serious problem. ...Read more

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14 year old boy lump on back of neck right side?

14 year old boy lump on back of neck right side?

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

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Lump on back of neck below hairline on the right side. Causes?

Lump on back of neck below hairline on the right side. Causes?

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

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See profile/health info pic. Back of neck where shoulder & neck meet is more prominent & firm than other side. No lumps - could it b swollen lymph nod?

See profile/health info pic. Back of neck where shoulder & neck meet is more prominent & firm than other side. No lumps - could it b swollen lymph nod?

May be neck muscle: If it is really behind the neck, it isn't likely to be a gland. The glands are mainly on the front side of the neck. One of the larger back of the neck muscles may be larger than the other side, or may be swollen from being over used. This muscle is called the trapezius, if you want to look it up and confirm that is where the swelling is at. ...Read more

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Severe pain on back of neck on the right side stemming from hairline to the entire length. Small lump at top. No recent trauma. Any ideas what it is?

Severe pain on back of neck on the right side stemming from hairline to the entire length. Small lump at top. No recent trauma. Any ideas what it is?

Texting syndrome?: At your age, if you tend to use the smart phone or other device while looking down, most likely your muscles in the neck are in spasm which can lead to headaches at the hairline level where the muscles attach. The lump could be very likely a muscle band that is tight. Use moist heat. Avoid prolonged bending of the neck such as in texting. Texting Syndrome is a real entity and is a recent phenomeno ...Read more

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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.

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.

Get examined: Most "lumps" a person finds are benign should be evaluated by a doc at least for piece of mind. Special tests like an MRI or ultimately a biopsy may be in order. They should at least be sized and have a follow exam as well. ...Read more

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20 month old healthy back of neck rt side below ear found a lump dr felt it and said it was a normal gland. Should I get a second opinion?

20 month old healthy back of neck rt side below ear found a lump dr felt it and said it was a normal gland. Should I get a second opinion?

Lymph glands in neck: There is likely never a week gone by in decades, without some worried parent or relative bringing me an infant or older kid with lumps in the neck that are healthy reactive lymph nodes. There are probably a dozen or more located in the neck that remain pea sized until stimulated by bug bites, drainage or a rash. They enlarge for wks then shrink back to resting size. Recheck if large >4wks. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Lump DDx: The differential diagnosis (DDx) of "lump" is mass-ive. If resolving with heat may be a tight "knotted" muscle. Consider seeing your primary MD to help with history and physical exam. ...Read more

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I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?

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

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Cankersore for 2weeks in back of my mouth, pain went down left a couple bumps pain came back 2 days ago, now I have a lump back of neck hard to swallow?

Cankersore for 2weeks in back of my mouth, pain went down left a couple bumps pain came back 2 days ago, now I have a lump back of neck hard to swallow?

See doctor: If you have trouble swallowing, it is time to consult your doctor or even an ENT. The problem is likely more than just canker sores. ...Read more

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Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Many possibilities: How big? Increasing in size? Painful? History of infections? History of cancer? how deep? What does it feel like? Swollen lymph nodes in the area? Redness to the skin? Does it move or is it fixed in position? Drainage? fever? itching? Fatigue? Large number of possibilities, benign cyst, fatty lump (lipoma), enlarged lymph node would be common, have a doctor check it. Most serious, but rare, cancer ...Read more

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Sores on skin and scalp oon going for 2 years. Lump in back of neck cyst like.?

Sores on skin and scalp oon going for 2 years. Lump in back of neck cyst like.?

Scalp Folliculitis: Folliculitis is the medical term for the infection and inflammation of the hair follicles. This condition can affect the hair and skin on any part of the body, including the scalp. Scalp folliculitis is characterized by the appearance of small, white or yellowish pustules, that resemble acne. The pustules can be quite itchy and painful at times. Treatment is oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What type of cancer tumors can grow in neck and where can it grow? Have lump in back of neck that's not lymph nodes. Test for lymphoma by dr. Negative

What type of cancer tumors can grow in neck and where can it grow? Have lump in back of neck that's not lymph nodes. Test for lymphoma by dr. Negative

Your doctor should g: A physical examination by a good doctor can guide you further. If there is a real lump in your neck, we need to know more about this lump...like how big is it? How long has it been there? Is it growing in size or static?
There are tumors that can arise from soft tissues of the neck like muscles and other structures that make up your neck. If the tumor is easily palpable, then you need X-rays done ...Read more