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Can a lump on my back be the result of a pulled sternocleidomastoid muscle

Can a lump on my back be the result of a pulled sternocleidomastoid muscle

No: SCM is located in the front @ the sternum adjacent 2 the prox sterno-clavicular joint and at the side of Ur scull behind the ear along the area of the mastoid. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more


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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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Bump on rside above sternocleidomastoid muscle & on lside on (neck)upper trapezius muscle for about 5 month now, what could it be? (lump? For so long?

Bump on rside above sternocleidomastoid muscle & on lside on (neck)upper trapezius muscle for about 5 month now, what could it be? (lump? For so long?

Neck Bump: Any "bump" present this long needs further evaluation. Most bumps due to infections of the upper respiratory tract resolve within a few weeks of the infection. A bump present longer than a couple of months needs urgent evaluation. Go see your doctor. You may need to see an ent. ...Read more

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Woke up today with a stiff neck from below ear downwards, feel unwell and lump on sternocleidomastoid muscle. My neck really tender hurts to touch?

Woke up today with a stiff neck from below ear downwards, feel unwell and lump on sternocleidomastoid muscle. My neck really tender hurts to touch?

Get checked out: A lump on your sternocleidomastoid could be a lymph node. In that case, you might have an infection or inflammation. There are many causes of stiff neck, but in the setting of swollen lymph nodes, i would be sure to be checked out. Meningitis can cause stiff neck, for example, and you don't want to miss that diagnosis. I would see a doc asap. ...Read more

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5yr old son says he has sore neck, there is a lump maybe 2 inches slightly diagonally from bottom of his ear, I think sternocleidomastoid is also sore?

5yr old son says he has sore neck, there is a lump maybe 2 inches slightly diagonally from bottom of his ear, I think sternocleidomastoid is also sore?

Reactive adenitis: Could be a non specific viral illness that triggered local lymph node and parotid gland swelling. Just requires observation for now. Would see pediatrician if becomes red, increased swelling, high fever. If he is immunized there's little concern for mumps. ...Read more

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Is a goider and a lump on your thyroid the same thing?

Is a goider and a lump on your thyroid the same thing?

NO: A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland. A lump is a discrete mass. Both should be evaluated by an endocrinologist, . ...Read more

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Doctors could feel a lump near thyroid area. What could it be?

Doctors could feel a lump near thyroid area. What could it be?

Needs testing: Lumps in the thyroid can be either benign or cancerous. It is impossible to know by palpation. It needs further testing to evaluate. Please see your doctor for proper evaluation. ...Read more

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I have painful lump on my left side of my neck! is this my thyroid?

I have painful lump on my left side of my neck! is this my thyroid?

Possible: The thyroid is in the front of the neck. You need to see your doctor to see what this "lump" is. ...Read more

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Found a small, soft moveable lump on my thyroid, is this a gland or something more serious?

Found a small, soft moveable lump on my thyroid, is this a gland or something more serious?

How do you: Know it's "on" your thyroid? Most neck lumps have nothing to do with your thyroid. Have the lump evaluated by your physician if you're concerned. ...Read more

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I have a painful lump on the right side of my neck. I have high thyroid levels and wondering what it is because i'm nervous?

I have a painful lump on the right side of my neck. I have high thyroid levels and wondering what it is because i'm nervous?

Subacute thyroiditis: If the painful lump is in your thyroid, and your thyroid levels are high, you may have subacute thyroiditis. This is an inflammation of the thyroid, typically caused by a virus. It can last for months, so you should seek medical attention, as you will likely require treatment. ...Read more