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Hard lump forming on side of head above right ear two days ago, hurts to touch/lay on, cause some headache and hurts to open jaw all the way.

Hard lump forming on side of head above right ear two days ago, hurts to touch/lay on, cause some headache and hurts to open jaw all the way.

Possible abcess: A new mass that comes up suddenly and is painful to touch could be an abcess. This needs to be evaluated by a physician and may have to be drained. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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I have a small hard lump behind my right ear. I have headaches nausea, and dizziness. It doesn't hurt to the touch... What is it?

Likely a lymph node: There are a number of lymph nodes scattered around the back of the head and neck where they are easily found. At rest they may be the size of a pea and when stimulated they are often bean sized or larget. Size often changes over weeks & often reflects bug bits, skin rashes or throat irritation, it is not likely related to headaches, nausea or dizziness. Your doc can confirm this. ...Read more

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I have headache, toothache, jaw ache, earache and a massive lump with hurts when touched just under my chin. What could this be?

I have headache, toothache, jaw ache, earache and a massive lump with hurts when touched just under my chin. What could this be?

Tooth abscess: You should see a dentist as soon as possible. An abscessed tooth in the lowerjaw can produce all of those symptoms. The dental nerve has branches over that entire area. ...Read more

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Painful lump on the top left of my head, with severe headaches?

Painful lump on the top left of my head, with severe headaches?

See doctor: Did you recently suffer head trauma or a blow to the head in anyway? Has this been developing for some time or is it brand-new and it's onset? Do you have a history of headaches which preceded the lump on your head or vice versa? A physician should examine you and order at least an x-ray of the skull if the bump is felt to be something other than the skull itself. ...Read more

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I have a small lump on the top of my head which has been there for a while. Now it randomly starts hurting, causing headaches & dizziness. What is it?

I have a small lump on the top of my head which has been there for a while. Now it randomly starts hurting, causing headaches & dizziness. What is it?

Cyst: Mist likely it is s pilar cyst or a sebaceous cyst it can get large and it can get infected and that why it may start hurting my advice see a doctor might need antibiotics or other medicine ...Read more

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I have a lump: bottom of my head near my spine. It has been there for 7months. I get headaches in that spot, it hurts to push and I get nauseas frequentl?

I have a lump: bottom of my head near my spine. It has been there for 7months. I get headaches in that spot, it hurts to push and I get nauseas frequentl?

Important to examine: A lump in the area described can be a number of conditions from benign to serious. Especially because it is causing headaches with nausea. See your PCP who can easily determine its nature and recommend further management. ...Read more

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Top left side back of my head felt like sudden burst of pain and throbbing? No injury I have a bad headache there is a painful lump

Top left side back of my head felt like sudden burst of pain and throbbing? No injury I have a bad headache there is a painful lump

Emergency room.: Anytime someone has an unexplained sudden onset of headache which seems abnormally severe, it is important to get checked out right away. It may turn out to be an unimportant cause, but you don't want to miss it if it's not. Go right away. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a very tender lump on the side of my head near my right temple, it's painful to touch and seems to be causing headaches. What could this be?

Sebaceous cyst: At your age, a sebaceous cyst seems very likely. However, with issues regarding the skin, we always need to see and feel the area. Best to see your doctor for evaluation ...Read more

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Hard painful lump on back of head along hair line. Hard and painfull to the touch. Accompanied by headache. What could this be? Medical atn nesesary?

Cyst or abscess?: It is possible that you could have a cyst, infected hair, or abscess that is causing your symptoms. Please see your doctor for proper treatment. It may include antibiotics or it may need incision and drainage. ...Read more

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I am 40 year old female. On the back of my head I have a lump. It's hard and it hurts. Causing headaches and neck pain. I also have a lump on my neck?

I am 40 year old female. On the back of my head I have a lump. It's hard and it hurts. Causing headaches and neck pain. I also have a lump on my neck?

Lump: Without exam would be hard to figure out. You should see your physician to have it examined. Could be lymph node but without seeing it and doing an exam would be impossible to diagnose. ...Read more

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Hit my head on granite countertop 4 days ago. Fair lump, minimal bruising, still feeling pain/headache. Is it normal for it to hurt for this long?

Maybe.: Any bruise or bang can hurt for a week or 2. With head injuries, the key is knowing if the pain responds to simple over the counter pain relievers, in the dosages on the bottle. And if you've other symptoms of concussion that may warrant further exam. So if the pain is not helped with regular otc pain relievers, you have vomiting, dizziness, fever, confusion, weakness, vision change, see MD now ...Read more

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Lump back of head, headaches and pain randomly, dizziness sometimes and light bother me constantly. Eyeballs hurt as well sometimes. What is this?

Lump back of head, headaches and pain randomly, dizziness sometimes and light bother me constantly. Eyeballs hurt as well sometimes. What is this?

Further evaluation: The lump may not be associated and it may be an epidermal cyst. Your headaches sound somewhat migrainous in nature but you should seek further evaluation and consider an eye examination, lab tests, and an MRI if warranted by history and physical exam. There are treatments that may be beneficial. ...Read more

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8 yr old seemed to develop fever quickly 102 complaining back of his head hurts. There's a small lump under his jaw?

8 yr old seemed to develop fever quickly 102 complaining back of his head hurts. There's a small lump under his jaw?

Fever: Fever can cause headaches in children.the lump under you child's jaw may be a swollen gland. Take you child to the doctor to determine the cause of his fever. A throat culture would be a good idea in view of his swollen gland unde his chin ...Read more

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I'm 17 I have a medium sized lump on the back right of my head. It's extremely sore. When I touch it, it makes me dizzy and I've had bad headaches.

I'm 17 I have a medium sized lump on the back right of my head. It's extremely sore. When I touch it, it makes me dizzy and I've had bad headaches.

Get it checked: Sounds as if there has been some kind of trauma? Fall/impact/other? It definitely should be checked by a dr, likely in an er so ct or other imaging can be obtained if indicated. ...Read more

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Head hurts really bad and have a small lump over my left eye can migraines cause that? And how can I relieve it

Head hurts really bad and have a small lump over my left eye can migraines cause that? And how can I relieve it

Any history of head…: Injury recently? What part of head hurts? Any meds, supplements, recreational drugs? Diabetic? fever? nasal discharge? Vision changes? If ice & pain med (ibuprofen/naprosyn/etc) don't relieve symptoms, see FP for further evaluation. If pain becomes excruciating or start vomiting, have friend take you to ER. ...Read more

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Is taking melatonin to help sleep when I have a concussion a bad idea? I've had a concussion for little over 24 hours now, my head hurts due to the fall I experienced and the lump on my head along with the concussion. I haven't been able to sleep well tho

Is taking melatonin to help sleep when I have a concussion a bad idea? I've had a concussion for little over 24 hours now, my head hurts due to the fall I experienced and the lump on my head along with the concussion. I haven't been able to sleep well tho

You: You should refer this question to the physician who is treating you for your concussion. If you have made a self diagnosis of a concussion, you need to be evaluated by a specialist to make a precise diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a bigger than a pea sized lump at the side of my head in line with my eye, I've had no injury and it's sore to touch, I've had headaches also.?

I have a bigger than a pea sized lump at the side of my head in line with my eye, I've had no injury and it's sore to touch, I've had headaches also.?

Depends on age.: If you are over 60, there may be concern for inflammation of the temporal artery causing the lump and headache. If under 60, it may be a superficial blood clot. Either way, you should see a doctor in person for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Headaches for 5 months, at the same time I noticed lump at top of neck above hairline, when press on hard lump makes headache worse across forehead?

Headaches for 5 months, at the same time I noticed lump at top of neck above hairline, when press on hard lump makes headache worse across forehead?

Persistent headaches: There are many types of headaches most of them of benign nature, however when headaches are of new onset, have been more frequent or more severe it is time to be seen by your pcp for more evaluation and make sure they are to caused by a more serious problem. I am not sure of the association of the lump with the headaches you are getting but definitely you should be seen. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with two lumps behind my ear. They are rock hard and tender to touch. I have also had a bad headache all day. What could it be?

I woke up this morning with two lumps behind my ear. They are rock hard and tender to touch. I have also had a bad headache all day. What could it be?

Tender lymph nodes: Could be tender lymph nodes. Usually, it is seen with infection in middle ear or even in the mastoid area. Mastoid are pockets of air cells behind our ears in the scalp. Sometimes with infection in the area, it would cause headaches, fever and other symptoms. So, it may be a simple ear infection or worse, mastoiditis. ...Read more

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I got a hard lump at my lower skull behind my ear, not painful when touched, got fever last night, light headaches, ?

I got a hard lump at my lower skull behind my ear, not painful when touched, got fever last night, light headaches, ?

Swollen lymph: Gland with a fever and headache may indicate infection - viral or bacterial. You can observe for now and do supportive management- bed rest, plenty of fluids, fever and pain medicine as needed. You may be coming down with a throat infection, sinus infection or viral illness. I if condition worsened, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi I have a lump behind my right ear on the bone and it starts from the top behind my ear lobe to the bottom and its causing headaches amd dizziness?

Hi I have a lump behind my right ear on the bone and it starts from the top behind my ear lobe to the bottom and its causing headaches amd dizziness?

Lump: This may be a lymph node which is usually due to infection or inflammation. It can cause pain but will not cause dizziness. get this checked by your doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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Hi! My symptoms include: persistent headache, sore chin, sore top right jaw bone, and lumps on either sides of my throat.

Flu season: Flu season has arrived :' (Your symptoms sound like typical symptoms from the common cold. At this point, you should focus on rest and hydration. The flu typically lasts 3-7 days. Make sure someone is around to help take care of you, until you feel well. If you do not start to improve in the next few days, I would certainly suggest going to see your Doctor. Hang in there. Happy Thanksgiving!! ...Read more

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Jaw hurts from time to time. Terrible headache. A lump appears when I open my mouth wide as well as a grinding sound. Ringing in ears and hearing loss

Jaw hurts from time to time. Terrible headache. A lump appears when I open my mouth wide as well as a grinding sound. Ringing in ears and hearing loss

TMJ: It sounds like 'classic' TMJ, but a severe case. I recommend an ENT visit to examine the jaw for TMJ and also your ears and hearing to see if it's all related. Might be something else, but a good head and neck exam should pinpoint the problem. ...Read more

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Lump behind right ear with (rare for me) frequent headaches and sore throat. Lump doesn't hurt and is hard but I get a shooting pain in neck at times?

Lump behind right ear with (rare for me) frequent headaches and sore throat. Lump doesn't hurt and is hard but I get a shooting pain in neck at times?

See your PCP: Some conditions like lump behind your ear require further assessment and your primary care doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. See your PCP first for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the top of my head & I've had a headache these past 3 days with fever once as well. It hurts more if I touch the top of my head?

I have a small bump on the top of my head & I've had a headache these past 3 days with fever once as well. It hurts more if I touch the top of my head?

Lump head: Due to limits in space u provide limited information this lump is probably on the scalp like a cyst or infected hair follicle which is not causal for headache or fever have a friend look if not help see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a bump on the top of my head in the back center, doesn't move, doesn't hurt to the touch, woke up with a headache when I noticed it yesterday?

I have a bump on the top of my head in the back center, doesn't move, doesn't hurt to the touch, woke up with a headache when I noticed it yesterday?

Natural skull: Common complaint. I have had many patients that for some reason like a head ache or hair problem start to palpate their scalp and skull.
Some patients become alarmed because they feel the irregular grooves, asymmetries and bumps on their skull and think something is wrong.
If it continues to bother you go see a doctor. ...Read more

Tactile (Definition)

Pleural fremitus is a palpable vibration of the wall of the thorax caused by friction between the parietal and visceral pleura of the lungs. See pleural friction rub for the auditory ...Read more