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Could I have lymphoma? Bad headaches for few weeks, small lump behind ear (firm but moves slightly), tiredness and breathlessness?

Have it checked out: Sounds like a small lymph node, which for a 19 year old is most likely completely normal. However, if you are having other symptoms and are concerned for a cancerous process, have it checked out. The bump may or may not be related to your other symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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 3 hard, painful lumps on the bone behind my right ear. Im starting to get a slight headache and a little naseas. What is it?

I have 3 hard, painful lumps on the bone behind my right ear. Im starting to get a slight headache and a little naseas. What is it?

Infection?: I think it is time for you to check with your doctor to find out what's wrong if the problem has gone on for more than a couple of days or has been getting more severe. ...Read more

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I have a painful lump behind my right ear. Wasnt painful at first. But now is getting bigger and painful and am having really bad headaches.

Get checked : You must have it checked. It could be a cyst or abscess . Both can be be easily treated , though without an exam and seeing this "lump" it is difficult to make an accurate diagnosis . See your doctor for a physical exam , he/she will determine what it is , treatment or alternatively determine if it requires referral to see a specialist or not . ...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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I have a hard painful lump just behind my ear by the hairline. it's rock hard,tender,I also have headaches, dizziness, and a ringing in my ear.

I have a hard painful lump just behind my ear by the hairline. it's rock hard,tender,I also have headaches, dizziness, and a ringing in my ear.

See Your Dr: Assuming lump, headaches, ear-ringing and dizziness started more or less together or w/in a short period of time (as opposed to say, you had headaches or dizziness for years which now worsened), I would see your doctor without delay. These could be serious. They could also be related to a musculo-skeletal condition. A doctor will need to see and examine you to help. ...Read more

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Hard painful lump behind ear on the bone. Only just noticed it. Cannot move it is fixed to the bone?

Hard painful lump behind ear on the bone. Only just noticed it. Cannot move it is fixed to the bone?

Lymph node: It is probably a small lymph node but it is best to get it checked by your GP. Make an appointment to get it checked out. ...Read more

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Small painful lump behind ear & under chin. Ear aches as well as scratchy throat. Want to go to dr, but it's the weekend. What to do to ease symptoms?

Ear Pain: The lumps you have noticed are most likely swollen "glands" or lymph nodes. These enlarge and can be painful when you are fighting an infection. The ear pain with the location of the swollen lymph nodes sounds suspicious for an ear infection. I recommend ibuprofen 400mg every 6-8 hours for the pain and seeing a doctor tomorrow to check your ear and throat. ...Read more

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Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) x3 days for om, fever 99-102 today, painful lump behind ear... And ear completely fluid filled. Will the augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) start working soon?

Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) x3 days for om, fever 99-102 today, painful lump behind ear... And ear completely fluid filled. Will the augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) start working soon?

Ear Infections: Is the lump behind the ear growing? If so, this is either an inflamed lymph node or the beginning of a mastoid infection. Go back asap to see your doctor. A switch to an injectable antibiotic may be in order, or referral to an ENT to consider inserting an ear tube. ...Read more

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Small lump behind ear. Hard, not painful. Dr looked and said a cyst. Should i b worried? Hasnt gotten bigger or anything.

Sebaceous Cyst: Sounds like a sebaceous cyst. These are very common and of no cause to worry. Generally they do not require medical treatment unless they become unsightly, painful or infected. Treatment options include surgical excision. ...Read more