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Doctor insights on: Lump Of Fat On Back Of Neck

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Why might someone have lumps in the back of neck?

Why might someone have lumps in the 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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I have a lump on back of neck. Discomforting & hurts at touch?

I have a lump on back of neck. Discomforting & hurts at touch?

Possible abscess: 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

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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?

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

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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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Are lump on the back of neck and stress related?

Are lump on the back of neck and stress related?

Usually: Get a good massage. If that does not get the kink out see your family doc for evaluation and possible pt and treatment for anxiety if present. A couple of days of muscle relaxants could work well also. Best wishes to you. ...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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Hard lump-like knot on back of neck or spine. What could this be?

Hard lump-like knot on back of neck or spine. What could this be?

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

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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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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. ...Read more

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Lump on back of neck near spine vertebrae, what could this be?

Lump on back of neck near spine vertebrae, what could this be?

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

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There's lump on back of neck, what kind of doctor should I see?

There's lump on back of neck, what kind of doctor should I see?

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

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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??

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??

Consult PCP: Small lump on back of neck is highly unusual for migraine; it is possible that the lump on neck could cause pain in the head. You should consult your PCP to get it checked out. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Lump on back of neck rash like bruise?

Lump on back of neck rash like bruise?

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

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Hard lump on back of neck or spine. Not moveable. Tender to touch. What could this be?

Hard lump on back of neck or spine. Not moveable. Tender to touch. What could this be?

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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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?

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

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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.

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

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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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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?

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