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Lump Of Fat On Back Of Neck
Cysts and lymphnodes: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
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Most likely an abscess (an area of infection that can develop into ball of pus), secondary to an infected cyst or hair follicle, usually fairly painful, swollen, warm, red most of time along with an area that might be yellow-gold.
Fairly common Initially treated with warm compresses (towel soaked in warm water) for 10-15 minutes- 2-3X/day.
If no better, see doctor for possible drainage + meds. ...Read more
The more I feel for lumps I keep finding it scaring me so much its like im obsessed just found a little small one towards back of neck so scared?
See Doctor: Most lumps smaller than the size of a standard pencil eraser are not serious, but if you are worried, a primary care doctor can help you figure out if there is anything going on. ...Read more
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
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
Neck anatomy: Other than lipoma, this could also be just normal anatomy -- at the base of the neck, the C7 and t1 spinous processes are much longer than the spinous processes above them, which results in a "bump" at the cervicothoracic junction which is actually normal. Nothing needs to be done about that. ...Read more
Hard immovable lump on back of neck near hairline (left side). Appeared last week and seems to change slightly in size. Should I worry?
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
Hi I have a painful lump in back of my neck it hurts to move or touch the left side of back of neck im 53yrs old and I know its not a regular cyst?
Lymph node?: Sounds like it is a cyst - trichilemmal or sebaceous or possibly a lymph node. ...Read more
26 years old. Very painful lump on back of neck on the right side. The lump is very painful to touch and also when left alone. Headache on right side?
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
Hard to say: There are many potential causes and usually a detailed exam can determine the cause. It is usually a superficial and benign condition such as, for example, a lipoma or an epidermoid cyst. Consider being checked. ...Read more
You should see a doc: You can start with your family doctor or a general physician. All physicians know how to investigate a lump. This will require physical examination as the first step. Then there may be a need for a test or two and a possible biopsy or excision depending on the doctors impression of its cause. ...Read more
Lymph node/cyst: Get it examined and if necessary biopsied. ...Read more
Have small lump on back of neck. It hurts and I think has a lot to do with my migraines. Any ideas/advice on what to do??
I have a small bony lump just above the normal big lump at base of back of neck. When I apply pressure to it it will pop in at times?
IsYourNameQuasimodo?: Don't press too hard, your head'll fall off!! OK, now that we got that out of the way...My guess is that it's just a part of normal anatomy of the spine. The spiny part you a referring to has ligaments & other fibrous tissue/cartilage on top & you may be feeling that, especially if it feels kinda slippery and moves. So stop doing it or it'll start to hurt. Check it in a month, if larger get it checked ...Read more
Lump on the back of neck, slightly extends to the right also. Slight pain when pushing on the right side of lump. I am a 16 yr old female.
Small lump felt back of neck. Was there months before but grew suddenly. Redness around right now but firm and attached to skin. What is this?
Probably a cyst: These can get infected and need treated with antibiotics. They can grow and get larger. They may need to be surgically removed. Your doctor can evaluate and treat. ...Read more
Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more
Swollen lump for approx 1 year back of neck right side where skull meets neck. Hard and fixed. What could it be?
It could be....: Time to get examined and trated. Cannot be diagnosed online. Why have you waited a year? ...Read more
I have a hard lump that doesn't move and isn't attached to my skin underneath on back of neck. Also a little tender. What can it be?
Lymphnode?: Could be a lymph node that is working as it should. However, if this does not go away in two weeks then you will need to be examined. ...Read more
Hard nonmoveable lump on back of neck not attached to skin - has been there about a month. Also feeling nauseous. Should I be concerned?
Yes: It may be related to bone. See an ortho or oncologist ...Read more
Small lump on the back of my sons back of neck if it could be a knot in the muscle where he works out he has had headaches hurts to push on it?
Get him examined: To be checked for fatty tumor, cyst, lymph gland or muscular knot. Take care! ...Read more
Lump on the back of neck, almost 15 years old, it was pea sized lump with no pain. Since yesterday he is feeling pain with inflammation. Help pls.
Lymph node: I'm sorry he isn't feeling well. The lump is most likely an inflamed lymph node. Lymph nodes get bigger and tender when fighting off an infection. The infection may be close by (scalp may have lice or ringworm, a local skin infection, for example). Once the infection clears, the lymph node should also subside. If it doesn't, another reason will have to be investigated. Best to go see his doctor! ...Read more
Big lump on back of neck on right side near spine bone. I tried massaging it but its still there? Had it for a few months. What is it most likely?
Be seen: It could be several benign things, but you need to see your physician for an exam and diagnosis. ...Read more
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
Pls help, I have a painful, pea sized lump on LHS back of neck, 1cm below hairline. Health has been poor and glands under neck seem enlarged, esp RHS?
Lymph nodes: Enlargement of local lymph nodes may be due to local infection and may get better with the use of antibiotics. Please see a physician, you may have a simple easily treatable problem like local infection ...Read more