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Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Many possibilities: How big? Increasing in size? Painful? History of infections? History of cancer? how deep? What does it feel like? Swollen lymph nodes in the area? Redness to the skin? Does it move or is it fixed in position? Drainage? fever? itching? Fatigue? Large number of possibilities, benign cyst, fatty lump (lipoma), enlarged lymph node would be common, have a doctor check it. Most serious, but rare, cancer ...Read more

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Sores on skin and scalp oon going for 2 years. Lump in back of neck cyst like.?

Sores on skin and scalp oon going for 2 years. Lump in back of neck cyst like.?

Scalp Folliculitis: Folliculitis is the medical term for the infection and inflammation of the hair follicles. This condition can affect the hair and skin on any part of the body, including the scalp. Scalp folliculitis is characterized by the appearance of small, white or yellowish pustules, that resemble acne. The pustules can be quite itchy and painful at times. Treatment is oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have a lump in back of neck that is being treated as a cyst. Was put on sulfameth Wednesday, now I have a swollen lymph nose on side of neck.

I have a lump in back of neck that is being treated as a cyst. Was put on sulfameth Wednesday, now I have a swollen lymph nose on side of neck.

Need re-exam: There are several causes and diagnosis for the "cyst" on the back of your neck. I would advise you to see your primary care physician to get a referral to a surgeon the excise the "cyst" and see what kind of a lesion it is composed of. The swollen lymph node & the "cyst" may be related and could be a more serious problem. ...Read more

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What type of cancer tumors can grow in neck and where can it grow? Have lump in back of neck that's not lymph nodes. Test for lymphoma by dr. Negative

What type of cancer tumors can grow in neck and where can it grow? Have lump in back of neck that's not lymph nodes. Test for lymphoma by dr. Negative

Your doctor should g: A physical examination by a good doctor can guide you further. If there is a real lump in your neck, we need to know more about this lump...like how big is it? How long has it been there? Is it growing in size or static?
There are tumors that can arise from soft tissues of the neck like muscles and other structures that make up your neck. If the tumor is easily palpable, then you need X-rays done ...Read more

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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