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

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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.
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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?

Likely lymph node

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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.
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore answered:

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

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Lumps in this area can be infections, fatty tumors, enlarged lymph glands, or sometimes cancerous. Please have your internist check them out.
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Dr. Bruce R. Saran answered:

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

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

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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.
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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

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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.
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I have a lump in the back of my neck base of skull its sore like s bruise to touch I have like pressure headache aswell?

Did you itch it?

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Painless: Epidermal (sebaceous) cyst Epidermal (sebaceous) cysts are, moveable lumps that form beneath the skin's surface. Abscess A skin abscess, or boil, is a swollen, painful, red and warm lump of skin that may rupture and drain pus. PAINLESS: Benign lipoma Lipomas are a harmless collection of fatty cells that form a round or oval, rubbery lump under the skin. Swollen glands Tick bite
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Dr. Kamran Janjua answered:

Headaches so had MRI & blood tests. Normal. Stretching neck daily for headache relief & now lump base of skull RHS. Is this from over stretch?

Probably not

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A lump in that region from overstretch is highly unlikely. The findings that occur most typically in that region are lipomas, although lymph nodes or lymphadenopathy are possible. These potential causes may be visible on your prior MRI scans. If not, a local evaluation and physical exam by a trusted physician would yield a more precise characterization
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Hard immovable lump where top of neck and base of skull meet along the hairline (occipital lymph node?); itchy scalp; swollen lymph nodes on neck

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It's common at age 16 to have enlarged lymph nodes- you have an active immune system. The lymph nodes at the base of your skull in back are occipital lymph nodes. They get big from viral infections, particularly mononucleosis. If these wax and wane in size, don't worry. If they stay big, see a doctor. Rarely 16-year-olds get lymphoma. I don't think your itchy scalp is related; dandruff?
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