Im a 23 year old male and about 2 years ago now I was just randomly feeling my neck and noticed a small lump on the right side of my neck (about 3 inches directly below my ear) it is about 2cm across in size and quite flat. When I touch the edge of it it feels quite spongy and moves around a little when I touch the edges. It does not hurt to touch and otherwise I have been in very good health since I noticed it. I have had no colds, coughs, flu etc and have not had any other problems so in general my health has been excellent.
I did point out the lump to my Doctor a year ago and he said it was just a swollen lymph node and to come back if it got bigger. It hasn't effected my life or health so I kind of forgot about it until a few days ago when I just happened to feel the area again and it was still there exactly the same as before it feels exactly the same and has not grown in size. The best way to describe it would be if I push down a little on the edge of it it seems to squish down a little and move a bit.
I am just a little worried as it has been there now for over 2 years and can't help thinking it could be something more then jump a swollen lymph node as I have read lymph nodes swell to fight infections but I haven't had any for a long time. My other question is if it was something serious then would I have had any other symptoms as it has been there for like 2 years now wouldn't other symptoms have come out if it was indeed a cancer or something more serious?.
I am going back to the Doctors next week to see what he says now. I know no one can give a proper diagnosis online but if anyone has had similiar or has any help or advice on what you think it could be would be great. Thank You.
I am an 18 yr old female, obviously in excellent health. I've noticed the same thing, I've heard it might be an infected hair follicle but it hasnt risen through the skin like a pimple like folliculitis does.
I'm worried too and would appreciate any feedback.
I have the same problem. I'm a 35 yr old female and about a month ago I noticed the painless lump on my left side. Exactly as explained by laserspewpew on March 12th, 2009, but mine was accompanied by an irritated throat, not sore throat, just really red and irritated, no pain at all. My PCP diagnosed me with the flu. Gave me antibiotics. I finished my amoxicillin and the lump was still there and my throat remained the same. Well, in so many words I was freaking out. In my mind, it was more than just a flu. I called the PCP back and he prescribed me Erythromicin. I took it for about 5 days and besides getting a rash all over my neck and face, the lump and the throat were still the same. I wasn't very happy with the diagnosis from my PCP, decided to see an ENT, who turns around and tells me that it's my bone (joint of the neck and jaw) and that the lump is suppposed to be there. According to him, everybody has it. Even though my right side is normal. I feel it there but not as big as my left side. So he proceeds in telling me that he's not concerned about that, but that there is a pea size lump right below the one in question, which could be a lymph node and that even though it doesn't seem cancerous, he would like me to suspend Erythromicin, and he prescribed Cefdinir and Methylpredsolone. Well, Needless to say the steroids put me in a loop. I had an adverse reaction to the steroids, and since it didn't show on the "side effects" part of the paper from the pharmacy, I then definitely thought the worst. The area below my chin all the way to my breasts was on fire. It was a burning pain and it was constant. My skin felt like it was sunburned, and the inside felt raw, like I had acid in my veins. I couldn't even lay down on a pillow. The burning pain would then travel to my armpits, breast, my rib cage and my pelvis, in no psecific order. I am glad to say that ALL the burning ended once I was done with the steroids. I had a follow up appointment with the ENT who told me the pea size lump had decreased 75% in size and that I was fine. I'm still finishing the Cefdinir (antibiotic) to then decide what I'm going to do next. The partially fixed and partially squishy grape size lump is still there. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I want something to be wrong with me, I am just not convinced enough that it is nothing, to just let it go. Any comments or opinions are appreciated.
To all posters: it DOES sound like a swollen lymph node, however each of you should get checked out by a doctor/ask for a second opinion because the lymph nodes are not going down. Sometimes a lymph node will remain a bit swollen your entire life, and if there is no pain upon touching it and it is not increasing in size and your doctor(s) do not seem worried, consider it normal. Asthmatics and those with allergies/chronic sinus issues tend to always have a swollen lymph node or two. It's just a normal bodily reaction. But it's best to be safe and get checked out if you are overly concerned! Best of luck to all of you.