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I've been having pain in my mastoid process and i haven't done anything to it. It feels swollen compared to my other side. Any advice?

I've been having pain in my mastoid process and i haven't done anything to it. It feels swollen compared to my other side. Any advice?

Possibilities: It could be a muscle strain, inflammation of the attachment to the mastoid process, or a tear in the same area. I might suggest seeing a specialist in craniofacial pain for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment. You can go to www.Aacfp.Org for a list of dentists. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
Daily
Avoid fast movements
Once
See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
Weekly
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There is a hard lump near mastoid process.its there for 3years.no pain.cause?i have sinus and nasal polyp.what is the treatment?

There is a hard lump near mastoid process.its there for 3years.no pain.cause?i have sinus and nasal polyp.what is the treatment?

See doctor: The potential causes are nearly unlimited. Talk to your doctor who may order an x-ray to help clarify it. ...Read more

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I have a pea sized bump on my mastoid process. It has been there for a year and the swelling goes up and down. What is causing it?

I have a pea sized bump on my mastoid process. It has been there for a year and the swelling goes up and down. What is causing it?

?lymhnode: Have an exam. Some nodes can be chronically reactive over years. Blood counts, exams and if needed a biopsy can even be performed with chronicity. Best wishes. (did you ask this similar question before?) ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Stretch and exercise
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Use NSAIDs and pain medications for relief
Daily
Get an X-ray/MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine specialist if not better after 6 weeks
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I am healthy. History of mono. No symptoms just palpated a mass underneath the right mastoid process near ramus. Feels hard like a rock and is sore when touched?

I am healthy. History of mono. No symptoms just palpated a mass underneath the right mastoid process near ramus. Feels hard like a rock and is sore when touched?

Lump: Can be many things including a lymph node, the parotid gland or possibly even the process of the second verterbra that can easily be felt if you are thin. Warm compresses and ibuprofen help but see an ENT to check it out ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use a good lumbar support for proper sitting posture
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Always focus on your posture
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Try deep tissue massage
60 Min, Every other week, forever

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