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Lump on back of neck near C1 and C2 on left side about the size of a acorn, no pain associated with the bump?

Lump on back of neck near C1 and C2 on left side about the size of a acorn, no pain associated with the bump?

Cyst: Usually these are sebaceous cysts or lipomas. Both are benign. Could be something else so keep an eye on it and see someone if it is enlarging. ...Read more

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Lump on the back of neck, almost 15 years old, it was pea sized lump with no pain. Since yesterday he is feeling pain with inflammation. Help pls.

Lump on the back of neck, almost 15 years old, it was pea sized lump with no pain. Since yesterday he is feeling pain with inflammation. Help pls.

Lymph node: I'm sorry he isn't feeling well.The lump is most likely an inflamed lymph node. Lymph nodes get bigger and tender when fighting off an infection. The infection may be close by (scalp may have lice or ringworm, a local skin infection, for example). Once the infection clears, the lymph node should also subside. If it doesn't, another reason will have to be investigated. Best to go see his doctor! ...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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is a very small, half size of pea hard fixed lump on back of neck for over 3 years no change in size a concern, had ultrasound nothing out of ordinary?

Is a very small, half size of pea hard fixed lump on back of neck for over 3 years no change in size a concern, had ultrasound nothing out of ordinary?

Not to worry: We have lumps for all sorts of reasons. They are often small sebaceous cysts or nevi (moles). The fact that it hasn't changed in 3 years is a sign that it is stable and not cancerous. However, if it starts to grow or hurt, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Have lump on back of neck had it for two years two days ago it became sore now it's hurting all the time. Even when i move my neck. Area is bright red?

Check with your doc: Bright red may indicate infection. This may need an antibiotic or excision, although unlikely. Check with your doc to avoid complications. This may be infected folliculitis or something else. There is no need to wait. Good luck. ...Read more

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When neck bent forward, can feel bony, roundish lump on back of neck. Could this be C1, 2 or 3 vertebrae? Do any of them normally protrude more?

When neck bent forward, can feel bony, roundish lump on back of neck. Could this be C1, 2 or 3 vertebrae? Do any of them normally protrude more?

Maybe c7: You should. It feel upper cervical vertebrae easily.nthe bump,should be at c7 because this does protrude a bit more than the others . See a chiropractor, or pmr doc to determine if your alignment is correct or abnormal. A treatment program will follow ...Read more