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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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2 soft pea size lump on left side of neck behind the sternocleidomastoid They are not painful I'm very scared of cancer?

2 soft pea size lump on left side of neck behind the sternocleidomastoid They are not painful I'm very scared of cancer?

Lymph nodes: Doing what they are supposed to do to protect you from infections. Don't worry about them, don't mess with them, and they will probably go away. Good luck! ...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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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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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 a lump on my neck it's not thyroid I got tested for it. What could it be?

I have a lump on my neck it's not thyroid I got tested for it. What could it be?

Need more info: You should see someone and be examined. Unable to give you an answer online with very little information. ...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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Dr has found 8mm lump in thyroid. Changes in voices and pain swollowing sometimes. Won't do anything til it gets to march &1cm. Should I be concerned?

Dr has found 8mm lump in thyroid. Changes in voices and pain swollowing sometimes. Won't do anything til it gets to march &1cm. Should I be concerned?

No, but: Evaluation of a thyroid nodule today largely depends on clinical, lab and ultrasound characteristics, not size. What was seen on the US is what is important and too many don't give details. This should be evaluated by someone who is experienced in treating thyroid nodules. That said, thyroid nodules are common and the vast majority not concerning and prove to be benign & rarely effect voice. ...Read more

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Should I worry about a mass which is 22mm by 16mm when the thyroid is normal. The mass has grown by 4 mm in 6months. And have a new heterogeneous nodul?

Should I worry about a mass which is 22mm by 16mm when the thyroid is normal. The mass has grown by 4 mm in 6months. And have a new heterogeneous nodul?

Biopsy: If your nodules have grown that much they need to be biopsied. You also should be on replacement brand name T4 to reduce the stimulation to thyroid and nodule enlargement. If you had half your thyroid removed because it was having trouble and forming nodules, removal of one half of it only made your thyroid's job more difficult and problem with accelerate without replacement. ...Read more

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Are all types of thyroid nodules/lumps cancerous?

Are all types of thyroid nodules/lumps cancerous?

Thyroid nodules: No, most thyroid nodules are not cancerous. A thyroid ultrasound is very sensitive at picking up tiny and often insignificant nodules. There are some features of thyroid nodules that make them more suspicious, such as large solitary "cold" ones, and other features. The best person to evaluate is an Endocrinologist who does his/her own U/S guided biopsies. ...Read more

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Are all types of thyroid nodules / lumps cancerous?

Are all types of thyroid nodules / lumps cancerous?

No: The majority of lumps in the thyroid when noted to be multiple on scan represent the condition "multinodular goiter" These are almost always benign. When a solitary lesion is present that is "cold" on isotope scan, this is suspicious for possible malignancy and should always be removed. Bx has a certain degree of error especially if a follicular lesion looking benign has invaded capsule. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have lumps on your thyroid?

What does it mean to have lumps on your thyroid?

Probably benign: They are very common, and usually benign, but if they are bigger than one centimeter, or if there are certain radiographic features, then a fine needle aspiration is recomended. ...Read more

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Help can you tell what type of thyroid lump I m having?

Thyroid Mass: This is nothing we guess at. Your physician is most likely going to order an ultrasound and very well may also order a biopsy of the mass to make sure the correct diagnosis is made. ...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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What kind of thyroid issue can make it difficult to wear shirts and clay masks? No visible sign of lump on the outside.

What kind of thyroid issue can make it difficult to wear shirts and clay masks? No visible sign of lump on the outside.

Thyroid prob & shirt: Well excess thyroid makes folks feel hot so if that is the reason not wearing shirts could be thyroid. I have no idea why any disease would make it difficult to wear a clay mask. Need more details. ...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

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Is a lump or nodule on a thyroid usually cancerous?

Is a lump or nodule on a thyroid usually cancerous?

It is usually benign: No. The risk for a thyroid nodule to be canerous actually is only 5-6%- majority is benign.
If you have a nodule on the thyroid, you should follow up with your doctor and serial ultrasound for thyroid nodule perhaps is necessary to be done, and biopsy can be done if thyroid nodule looks suspicious. Discuss with your doctor in detail. ...Read more

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Is a thyroid with a mass and lesion usually cancer?

Goiter/FNA: Thyroid mass can be a goiter, cyst or solid mass. Cancer is possible, but there are several other potential causes that are not cancer. The first test is fna, fine needle aspiration to help determine the cause and next step in treatment. If you do end up with a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, it is treatable and has a pretty good prognosis. Don't delay, medication and monitoring may be all you need. ...Read more

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What would experts say about "lump" I have above the thyroid gland?

Cartilage: You are probably feeling your "adam's apple", or other cartilage of your neck. Most people cannot feel their thyroid unless it gets quite large, or has a big nodule. Check it out with your doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

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I had a biopsy done on a thyroid lump, it came back clear but now the lump has either spread or there is another one, could it be cancerous?

I had a biopsy done on a thyroid lump, it came back clear but now the lump has either spread or there is another one, could it be cancerous?

Lumpy: If you had a fine needle biopsy of a thyroid nodule read as benign, this is likely correct. Many people have multinodular thyroids (lumps). You can see an endocrinologist, a doctor who can assess the overall function of your thyroid and follow changes in the original nodule biopsied, as well as the others, in case re-biopsy is in order. Also, maybe ask 4 2nd opinion on your biopsy result. ...Read more

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I have a mass on the right lobe of my thyroid that I am getting removed. There are small cysts on the left lobe, should total removal be considered?

It's a consideration: This is a decision between you, your thyroid surgeon and endocrinologist. There are pros and cons either way. As a thyroid surgeon, I discuss all of this with the patient and let them decide which surgery to proceed with. ...Read more

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I had a large goiter removed but left the thyroid because it was healthy. I now have a new lump but in a different area. Can you get a new goiter.?

Yes: Goiter means swelling of the thyroid. The swelling could be the same condition in another area of the thyroid, or something new. Have it checked by your ent. ...Read more

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US results "a mass to the thyroid gland, which appears to arise from or be directly contiguous w/lower pole of gland" Can thyroid mass grow outside?

Concerning: This is concerning and should be evaluated by a thyroidologist or thyroid surgeon. Further evaluation may include an MRI or CT scan and/or a biopsy. ...Read more

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Had hemithyroidectomy last year, the bit of thyroid that's left has a lump 2.5 x 3 cm. The scan showed it has electrolytes in it, what does this mean?

Had hemithyroidectomy last year, the bit of thyroid that's left has a lump 2.5 x 3 cm. The scan showed it has electrolytes in it, what does this mean?

Electrolytes?: Electrolytes mean calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium etc....Thyroid scan cannot see these electrolytes. 2.5x3cm is a relatively large thyroid mass and, especially if it is solid, biopsy is likely needed. Why did you get the hemithyroidectomy in the first place? Concern of cancer? It is possible that you will need total thyroidectomy. I recommend follow-up with doc. Good luck. ...Read more