Hi everyone, I am a 27 year old female with no known health issues. Over the last year and a half I have felt a firm lump in the upper region of the right side of my neck about a inch and a half below the jaw line. The lump is about 3/4 of a inch and doesnt move very much. It is oval shaped and doesnt hurt. At one point the lump was larger but I took some antibiotics and it seemed to decrease. I have no medical insurance right now and am very frightened on what this could be. Recently, I have been getting frequent headaches along with throat and ear discomfort. My neck is very sore around the back and feels tight. Could this be a bad infection??? Or is it what most of the websites say it is "cancer" Anything will help me right now, the uncertainty is driving me crazy. Thanks
Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide patients with detailed, specific diagnoses or medical advice over the internet.
Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck are quite common, and in most cases, these "reactive" lymph nodes arise from acute or chronic infections in the throat, ears, sinuses, or in other tissues of the head and neck region. Lymphoma, and cancers that spread to the lymph nodes from other organs, are obviously much more serious health problems, although they are much less common.
As I noted, it is not possible to provide you with a specific diagnosis regarding this particular problem. Hopefully, though, you will be able to gain access to a physician so that you can be properly evaluated.
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