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Sudden Lump On Neck
Found sudden hard lump on neck yesterday. Near back of neck. Don't smoke, don't drink. It isn't painful. Is it pinched nerve? No infection. I worry.
Have it checked: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things ranging from from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tumors) to serious things like cancer. Any neck lumps in someone who smokes are especially worrisome and should be checked by a physician. See your doctor so he/she can do an exam and recommend a specialist if needed (like an ENT doctor). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neck lump: lymph nodes are commonly found in the neck to be enlarged when fighting an infection. Lumps that are changing should be evbaluated ...Read more
Lump on neck visible when I look up and the neck stretches. It doesn't hurt, but it doesn't move around when I stretch the skin. Should I be worried?
Yes: Neck lumps not normal. See ENT doc for evaluation and recommendations ...Read more
Needs evaluation: A lump may or may not be muscular. Lumps always need consideration for a biopsy because rarely this can be a tumor and I have even seen a muscle tumor due to the muscle swelling in the neck. Your physician will need to evaluate you and decide the best course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: A trigger point is the presence of tiny knots along a muscle fiber and when pressed may causes severe pain (jump sign). If you are saying a non painful lump on your neck and there is no limitation on your range of motion. It is unlikely to be a trigger point. Have it checked by your doctor. ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
My 5 y/o has a super ball sized, hard, painful, lump on neck near chin. Does the pain suggest that this is probably an infection?
Possible cyst: It could be an infection if it is hot and red. If not then it could be a thyroglossal duct cyst. See your doc. ...Read more