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What to do about a painful lump and throbbing at base of skull on left side?

What to do about a painful lump and throbbing at base of skull on left side?

See a doctor: For a physical exam. The lump may just be inflamed portion of a muscle that you've subjected to a constant strain with poor posture or it could be something very different. Impossible to tell. ...Read more

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5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection .... Concern?

5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection .... Concern?

Likely lymph node: There are chains of lymph nodes along the neck including at the base of the skull. They can become enlarged with any infection on the scalp, face, or ears... Often they can persist for a while after the infection resolves. If it is still there the next time you see your pediatrician, ask him/her to take a look at it, but most likely it will resolve over the next few weeks. ...Read more

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Painful lump near the base of my skull on the left side. About half an inch in diameter. Very sensitive to the touch. Very worried.

Painful lump near the base of my skull on the left side. About half an inch in diameter. Very sensitive to the touch. Very worried.

Be calm: No reason to lose your cool or get terribly worried. Most of these types of things turn out to be nuisances and that's all. You will need a doctor to look at the lump and squeeze it a bit. Depending on how big it is he may want to take a small bit of tissue and send it to the lab for analysis. If you'd like to talk about it more: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Key Code for appointment: PDXFNR ...Read more

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I have a small painful lump appeared on the Base of my skull at the neck line 2 inches from my ear is this related to a head cold I am suffering from?

I have a small painful lump  appeared on the Base of my skull at the neck line 2 inches from my ear is this related to a head cold I am suffering from?

If it is an: enlarged lymph node, it could be from your infection. If the lump persists after your cold is better, show it to your doctor, because it could be something else. ...Read more

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Lump in base of skull neck and experiencing headache, what's wrong?

Possible: Localized spasm and inflammation of the muscle where it attaches to the skull due to persistent strain from poor posture or something completely different. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull? Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull?  Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

Possibilities: It is possible to have a swollen lymph node in this region (called occipital nodes). It could also be a cyst such as an epidermal or sebaceous cyst. Another option is a (usually) benign fatty tumor called a lipoma. If it is getting larger or is tender/painful, or associated with other similar lumps, i would get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Tender lump at r base of skull developed today history of migrains, shingles twice in six months, and viral meningitis following first episode of shingles?

Tender lump at r base of skull developed today history of migrains, shingles twice in six months,  and viral meningitis following first episode of shingles?

Enlarge lymph node: Any lump which is tender, indicate it is inflame, if it is under skin it may be a lymph node. Most likely you have acute inflamed lymph node, in rt base of skull due to any sckertch infection of skin over scalp. I did not think it is related to your previous condition, but we can answer better after seeing you. ...Read more

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I have two painless lumps in the back of my head at base of skull. Started with one small one, then a bigger one right below. Should I be concerned?

I have two painless lumps in the back of my head at base of skull. Started with one small one, then a bigger one right below. Should I be concerned?

Need evaluation: Lumps in this area can be infections, fatty tumors, enlarged lymph glands, or sometimes cancerous. Please have your internist check them out. ...Read more

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Are there lymph nodes in back of neck near base of skull? I have two lumps im going to get checked but no pictures on web shows lymphs nodes are there

Are there lymph nodes in back of neck near base of skull? I have two lumps im going to get checked but no pictures on web shows lymphs nodes are there

Yes: There are lymph nodes at the back of the skull in what is called the occipital chain. They can enalrged with colds and infections of the scalp. ...Read more

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Having sharp pain between back of left ear & base of skull. Does not seem muscular, painful to the touch, paired with headache...not a typical one. ?

Having sharp pain between back of left ear & base of skull.  Does not seem muscular, painful to the touch, paired with headache...not a typical one.  ?

Mastoid area: The area you described is where the mastoid air cells are. These air cells can become infected and cause discomfort much like a sinus infection. You need to be seen to determine if it this problem especially if you are having fevers. ...Read more