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Lump On The Back Of The Neck Near The Spine
Firm enlarged lump r/s of neck. Another on l/s of spine below skull. Intermittent night sweats. Extreme tiredness >6wks! Is this lymphoma? Cbc normal
With persistent: Lumps and night sweats one would be concerned beyond 2 weeks. Probably time for more testing. ...Read more
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
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 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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?
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
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. ...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
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
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. ...Read more
Bump on neck.: Show to your Dr.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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?
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??
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
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
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
Is a very small, half size of pea hard fixed lump on back of neck for over 3 years no change in size a concern, had ultrasound nothing out of ordinary?
When neck bent forward, can feel bony, roundish lump on back of neck. Could this be C1, 2 or 3 vertebrae? Do any of them normally protrude more?
Maybe c7: You should. It feel upper cervical vertebrae easily. Nthe bump, should be at c7 because this does protrude a bit more than the others. See a chiropractor, or pmr doc to determine if your alignment is correct or abnormal. A treatment program will follow ...Read more
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.
Lump on back of neck, doctor said it was a swollen gland and should go away on it's own, it's been a year and still hasn't gone away?
I've recently had numerous tests like bloods & mri's but all come back clear. I have a lump on back of neck and head always feels heavy, tired always.
They can't find any: Thing wrong! This is the title of a book and a bigger theme in medicine. Assuming you indeed have had all the tests, stress could be the cause of the head heaviness and fatigue. Stress can cause a lot of physical symptoms. Appropriately, you've had tests and seen doctors to exclude a serious medical condition. Now you need a doctor to help you with stress and tension, most likely. ...Read more
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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