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Doctor insights on: Lump On The Back Of The Neck Near The Spine

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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.

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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.

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I have lump on the back of my neck near the spine it is somewhat mobile and not very hard, also it is about a centimeter long. It doesn't hurt.

I have lump on the back of my neck near the spine it is somewhat mobile and not very hard, also it is about a centimeter long. It doesn't hurt.

Lymph node: There are lymph nodes in the neck. They are part of the lymphatic system of the head, neck and scalp. They can become enlarges with viral illnesses or something as common as dermatitis of the scalp. Another benign possibility include sebacous cyst. See a doctor for further evaluation.

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Small lump on the back of my neck near my spine. Several months ago it popped with a soft material. Will not go away and is under skin, painless, moves?

Small lump on the back of my neck near my spine. Several months ago it popped with a soft material. Will not go away and is under skin, painless, moves?

Epidermal cyst: Epidermal cysts are benign, but they are a nuisance, because they periodically go through the cycle that you described. Eventually it will swell up and pop again, discharging evil-smelling toothpaste-like stuff, and later on it will do it again... So you should have it removed. Any dermatologist can do it in the office with local anesthetic. Minor surgery. No hurry.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I have lump back of neck, just below hair to the right of spine. About an inch and not painful. Have seen three docs, all said don't worry. Should i?

I have lump back of neck, just below hair to the right of spine. About an inch and not painful. Have seen three docs, all said don't worry. Should i?

Hard to say: If you have a soft tissue lesion anywhere that you have noticed, it bears observation. Lesions that are increasing in size, especially rapidly, or those associated with increasing pain, are concerns for malignancy. A painless mass which is constant in size, unchanging in appearance, and unchanged over time is likely benign. Lipomas are the most common soft tissue benign lesions; common and benign.

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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.

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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.

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Nervous. Woke up and felt raised hard pea size lump on back of neck near hairline. Saw nurse practicioner same day. She says bug bite. Sounds wrong. Ideas?

Nervous. Woke up and felt raised hard pea size lump on back of neck near hairline. Saw nurse practicioner same day. She says bug bite. Sounds wrong. Ideas?

Keep an eye on it.: I would just keep an eye on it. If it resolves (which may take weeks to months), I would not worry. However, if it grows or multiplies I would go back to my medical provider.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.