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Hi Everyone,
In August I first noticed a strange soft swelling under my chin. It's maybe an inch in diameter, and I can only feel it when I run my hand backwards from my chin to my neck. It's remained pretty constant, but sometimes it seems more palpable than others. I'm at the University of Michigan, and I've been in to the Health Services several times about it. I've also had what I believe to be swollen lymph nodes on either side of my neck for as long as I can remember. The first timeI saw a doctor she said she could feel what I was talking about and referred me to an ENT. A month later, the first time I could get an appointment, I saw him. He said that my lymph nodes didn't seem to be anything to worry about (just more palpable than most), and that the mystery lump could be the result of an infection, though this doesn't make sense as it's been consistently there for 3 months now. I went to see a different ENT a month later and he, again, said that he didn't think it was anything serious. He said that it's probably a blockage of some sort and that it might work itself out. I looked into swollen salivary glands, though I don't think this is it because I haven't had any problems with a dry mouth or anything. What else could be blocked? UHS is notorious for always being busy and not very thorough, so I'm not satisfied with any of the consultations I got. It's good to know that its not anything really scary (i was freaking out about lymphoma or other horrible things for a while), but it's still really annoying and, to be vain, I hate the way it looks. It really bothers me.

It's not incredibly obvious to the eye, but here's a picture that somewhat shows it. I'm the one on the left, if that's not clear. You'll see the way the area beneath my chin kind of dips down instead of following the jawline back up. It's because of the lump underneath the skin.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v686/kri sti_chick/n582256643_427854_1358.jpg

Does anyone have any ideas as to what this could be based on description and the picture? I don't even think I posted this in the right place, but insight would be appreciated nonetheless.
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replied November 15th, 2007
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It's more than likely just a lymph node. It honestly doesn't look swollen to me in the pic though.
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replied November 16th, 2007
two doctors have said it isn't, though, and even if it is, isn't it bad that it's been swollen for over 3 months with no correlation with sickness?
thanks for your thought!
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replied April 7th, 2008
Mystery Lump (Kristi)
Kristi,
What became of this lump? I have had tiny lumps myself and doctors said its no big deal... so i didnt worry... and then just two day s ago, the one under my chin (like yours... heck i even look like your sister!) popped up out of the blue and its sore to the touch and feels almost like a golf ball size. I dont have health insurance and really dont want to ask family for help.
My mom recently died because a doctor botched a simple routine surgery so i do not trust doctors at this point. Please let me know what happened. are you dizzy at all? I m a little dizzy for the last 6 months.
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replied April 20th, 2008
Hi ziggitydoda,

Did you ever get an outcome on your lump? I have just discovered a peasize lump in my throat and have also been feeling light headed for the past 4 months?
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replied March 9th, 2012
painful lump under chin
Perhaps it is autoimmune. I have an autoimmune disease two actually lupus and fibromyalgia. I too have a strange lump under my chin and it hurts, I'm going to the doctor today. Babies r us has ins. for part time employees check it out, I only work a couple nights a month.
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replied April 20th, 2008
Mystery Lump is back again after antibiotics finished.
Hi Marlene,
Well, my dentist prescribed me antibiotics which i finished like 3 days ago, and i was feeling good and lump was gone. then this morning i woke up to the lump in my chin again and dizzy again. I just started the antibiotics again. i am thinking its from a root canal i had where the tooth cracked but im so bad about getting into the doctors.
years ago in high school i had lumps (little ones) and the doctors always said it was okay. that its just fighting infection and is good if they are swollen from time to time but i wasnt light headed and you are, so you probably should get it checked. does it hurt at all?
Keep us posted.. .and ill do the same. thanks!
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replied February 22nd, 2009
I've had a lump under my chin over a year, doc tested said it wasnt a lymphoma, but never followed up... did suggest possible infection &/or parasite. I recently tried using a hydrogen peroxide bath therapy. When I cleaned my ears first gray came out for a couple days then clear but it seem to start to shrink. Then by the 2nd week my ears started hurting, I get dizzy, & feel ill, now i have dry mouth too. It must have been a infection of some sort, I plan to go to the doctor if it doesn't get better soon. I don't trust doctor much though, bad history... i really wish I knew for sure what it was. I hope you find out, all of you. I think the infection thing is a great guess not sure of the cause. We'll all keep our fingers crossed. Good luck.
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replied February 10th, 2012
Gland swollen do to infected mohler(Tooth)
Glad I found this site your story sound a little like mine. I almost fainted. I do not know if this could be the reason but I think that I have an infected mohler (tooth)and the gland is being infected by it. I will not know for sure I will not get to see the doctor for 2 weeks. But the Dentist noticed that my tonsils were also swollen. I have to go back to the dentist in 4 weeks so I'm trying to bare with it. Like you just waiting for answers
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replied March 9th, 2012
AUTOIMMUNE, it could be affecting your nerves and equilibrium that is why you are all dizzy. I get dizzy but this was before the lump. It is mainly due to my lupus and fibro. There are tons of autoimmune diseases and thyroid disorders. Never stop going to the doctor and always keep records of what you have been given. I am going to docts. today and if it doesn't go away soon, Ill as my rheaumatologist.
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replied March 15th, 2009
lump under chin?
What has been happening with the lump? I believe it is related to your root canal. In a few days I will be having a root canalled tooh extracted .The root canal was done 2 years ago when I had a silver (mercury) filling replaced with a less toxic material. The dentist drilled too deep and hit the nerve causing the tooth to die. Now it has never felt right around that tooth and I always can feel a tingle around the area of the root canalled molar. So.... because I dont feel that good a lot of the time I'm prepared to find out how I will feel after the tooth is properly extracted (there is a right way and a wrong way to extract a tooth).
I have read a few stories and researched this topic and I think the lump is an infection from the dead tooth.
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replied April 11th, 2009
lumps under the chin
You have to consult a dentist for this because it's a reaction in the bone of the jaw. You have to be examined by a specialist for early signs of bone disease, does your jaw make any popping noises when you open wide? Does it feel like it's slighly unhinging when you open your mouth? Do you have fragile teeth? This can be treated when caught early and even when its developing. A good mouthwash is important to prevent bacteria from building up in your gums. Definately see an oral surgeon for tests.
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replied September 28th, 2012
lump under chin
my jaw has always made popping sounds and over the summer I couldn't open my mouth because it hurt and felt stuck finally went to my dr and chiropracter and both said i have a disease called TMJ it has to do wit the jaw and bones!!There are exercises to help relieve it so it has gotten better and I have to learn not to clench or grind my teeth. I have a lump that comes and goes under my chin really sore I went to the dr for it a year ago and he said it was drainage or infection because I had ear infection and a sinus infection and or ear drainage and that is were it went to, I was sick earlier in the week and woke up with the lump this morning I could feel my ears draining all week also!! It goes away when my drainage and sinses are cleared up!
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replied April 17th, 2009
lump under chin
I have the same lump. It goes away and re-appears from time to time, and I always mess with it. It feels like two siamese peas under my chin. When it does come back I always seem to break out with acne. Im starting to think I need to drink more water or something. Maybe its from too much toxins building up in our bodies.
Its mad weird.
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replied October 29th, 2011
Did you find out anything about the lump? I have the lump too and I was searching for answers and found this post. I completely understand what you mean by two siamese peas. The one I have is about the size of two marbles conjoined together and its been really sore. My though is that it's just allergies. This is the 2nd or third time I have had it. I don't really remember my symptoms before, but this time I have had really bad drainage in my nose and throat and morning are horrible to wake up to because of the drainage. The lump always seems to be about a year apart and if I get it around the same time of year, I just figured it may be allergies as it is currently allergy season here in California. I don't know though. If you have found out anything, could you feel me in? I appreciate any feedback you can supply.s
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replied October 29th, 2011
Did you find out anything about the lump? I have the lump too and I was searching for answers and found this post. I completely understand what you mean by two siamese peas. The one I have is about the size of two marbles conjoined together and its been really sore. My though is that it's just allergies. This is the 2nd or third time I have had it. I don't really remember my symptoms before, but this time I have had really bad drainage in my nose and throat and morning are horrible to wake up to because of the drainage. The lump always seems to be about a year apart and if I get it around the same time of year, I just figured it may be allergies as it is currently allergy season here in California. I don't know though. If you have found out anything, could you feel me in? I appreciate any feedback you can supply.s
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replied July 9th, 2009
I am also having the same problem. My case is I had been sting by a bee on my throat, after that this same lump appeared. Hope it give you guys some idea how to get rid of it
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replied October 11th, 2009
It looks like its been a while since anyone has written in this forum- but I have a pea size ball in the center of jaw underneath my chin as well. Noticed it Monday. I too just had a sore of my lip and then a fever blister in another area immediately after.... it was weird. I barely ever get them and then to get it right after another was odd. I have had a choking sensation with tightness around my throat for a while (about 1.5 yrs- not sure how long the ball has been there). It scared me a LOT at first and now I just kinda live with it. (thyroid perfect- upper endoscopy showed LOTS of acid in tummy with ulcer- but thats it, sugar perfect, at one pt liver enzymes came elevated but follow up was perfect) SO.... I too have been having some crazy dizzy spells???? No clue why- but I do feel pressure in my ears and across my nose at times and was really hoping it was an ear thing. My jaw becomes all cracky sometimes. No clue how all of this relates to the other- but ever since I had my second baby, I just fell apart. I can't wait to feel good again.... or atleast find out what is going on so I don't feel like I am crazy =( I know SOMETHING is going on.
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replied March 9th, 2012
I never had or have had a fever blister or sore onthe outside of my mouth, just inside perhaps due to citrisy foods or after I eat tomatoes.
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replied July 25th, 2012
last night I my sister inlaw was over and she nostic swelling under my right side of my chin. not real bad. today I wolke up with a fever blister, the bigest one i have ever had, and now my chin is still swollen and it herats to touch. should i go to the doctors or see if it goes away?
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replied October 13th, 2009
Hey, I am 11 years old and have a small lump a bit further back underneath my chin than some of you are describing. It came a few months ago and then just dissapperaed. I didnt worry about it. Then this second time, it is a lot bigger and seems like it is growing. I'm going to try and go to the doctor but I don't want to find out that I need surgery or anything. In a few years I'm going to have to have massive surgery to my crooked and twisted mouth. It's really bugging me. I've been down in the dumps lately...

Any ideas???? Sad
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replied December 29th, 2011
Results??
First of all (and I'm aware this is a few years old so I'm sure you eventually saw someone for this and figured out what it was), for an 11 year old you're an excellent writer Smile....Second of all, considering soooo many people seem to get whatever this damn hard ball lump thing (I'm actually on here myself for the same reason, lol), I highly doubt that it's anything you would need surgery to correct but being that obviously none of us seem to know what it is and even if it wound up being something you needed surgery for, It's definitely not something you don't want to take seriously and get checked out because you just never know and sometimes waiting makes a difference between being able to get rid of it easily w/ meds or actually having surgery, so waiting because you're scared of possibly having to have surgery on it could ironically be a reason that you would need surgery, or it could mean the difference (god forbid) between life and death because like I said, you just neverrrr know and you want to treat anything that happens with your body that isn't suppose to be happening, VERY seriously, even if it's something you think you know. Again though, knowing that this is a few years old, I'm sure this has all been taken care of and I'd love to hear if it just went away on its own or if you actually did get it looked at and the results of the outcome Smile....I'm actually here because my glands get swollen ALL the time, pretty much every time I'm sick, but I have gotten a lump that is different this time. This lump that I have now isn't a swollen lymph node like usual because whenever my glands get swollen, it's ALWAYS both of them and I just have one lump this time. Also, when my lymph nodes are swollen, they're towards the middle of my throat and on either side of my esophagus and this lump is like allllll the way on the right side, right next to my jaw bone, they're touching....Kind of scares me because I've never had one like that there and this also came at the same time that I randomly got some sort of irritation or blister or something, I don't freakin know lol, on the right side of my tongue, it made that part of my tongue swollen and red and made it feel like theres a cut there and veryyyy painful, so of course everything I eat hurts. I've had to resort to eating softer stuff that won't scratch it like soup, pudding, mashed potatoes and other things like that. So being that both things happened at the same time and both are around the mouth area, I don't know if they're like related or if it's just a coincidence but yea, it's just weird, lol....But to get back on the subject, I would love to know what your lump wound up being so that the rest of us on here might be able to get an idea if there's are the same thing... Smile
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replied May 4th, 2012
I had what sounds like the same thing when I was a teen, and it turned out that it was a nodule/cyst that had to do with my thyroid. They said the thyroid "drops" from that area as an infant but sometimes some cells are left behind and a nodule or cyst can form. I had it removed as a teen, but noticed that it is coming back now. (over 20 years later). I haven't had it checked yet because I don't have insurance right now, but I can tell what it is. It feels kind of hard, and only hurts or feels tender when I also have swollen glands or also coincides with cystic acne breakout. weird.
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replied December 29th, 2011
First of all (and I'm aware this is a few years old so I'm sure you eventually saw someone for this and figured out what it was), for an 11 year old you're an excellent writer Smile....Second of all, considering soooo many people seem to get whatever this damn hard ball lump thing (I'm actually on here myself for the same reason, lol), I highly doubt that it's anything you would need surgery to correct but being that obviously none of us seem to know what it is and even if it wound up being something you needed surgery for, It's definitely not something you don't want to take seriously and get checked out because you just never know and sometimes waiting makes a difference between being able to get rid of it easily w/ meds or actually having surgery, so waiting because you're scared of possibly having to have surgery on it could ironically be a reason that you would need surgery, or it could mean the difference (god forbid) between life and death because like I said, you just neverrrr know and you want to treat anything that happens with your body that isn't suppose to be happening, VERY seriously, even if it's something you think you know. Again though, knowing that this is a few years old, I'm sure this has all been taken care of and I'd love to hear if it just went away on its own or if you actually did get it looked at and the results of the outcome Smile....I'm actually here because my glands get swollen ALL the time, pretty much every time I'm sick, but I have gotten a lump that is different this time. This lump that I have now isn't a swollen lymph node like usual because whenever my glands get swollen, it's ALWAYS both of them and I just have one lump this time. Also, when my lymph nodes are swollen, they're towards the middle of my throat and on either side of my esophagus and this lump is like allllll the way on the right side, right next to my jaw bone, they're touching....Kind of scares me because I've never had one like that there and this also came at the same time that I randomly got some sort of irritation or blister or something, I don't freakin know lol, on the right side of my tongue, it made that part of my tongue swollen and red and made it feel like theres a cut there and veryyyy painful, so of course everything I eat hurts. I've had to resort to eating softer stuff that won't scratch it like soup, pudding, mashed potatoes and other things like that. So being that both things happened at the same time and both are around the mouth area, I don't know if they're like related or if it's just a coincidence but yea, it's just weird, lol....But to get back on the subject, I would love to know what your lump wound up being so that the rest of us on here might be able to get an idea if there's are the same thing... Smile
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replied October 22nd, 2009
hi all, i have a similar lump under my chin..... i first noticed it a few months ago[cant remember exact time] i wasnt really bothered about it as it was about the size of a pea and thought it would go away. The other week while i was having a shave i noticed it had got bigger as it kinda got in the way and i had to be carful incase i cut myself,its now the size of a marble and feels like a hard bit of gristle but not as hard as a stone and is noticable as though i have put on weight under my chin. I told my girlfiend and she said i better get it checked out.I looked all over the web to see what it could be and found it may be something to do with an abcess as ive had a broken tooth for about the same time lengh and was hoping that was it. Anyway....... i went to the doctors on monday and the first thing he did was look under my tongue with a torch and then check the lump under my chin, i asked him what he thought it might be and he said something about my salivary gland,i asked him if he thought it was cancer and he gave a little chuckle and said lets hope not, i wouldve prefered a firm NO to put my mind at ease and was fully expecting him to say that it was my tooth and i got an infection in my submental lymph node and to go to the dentist but he didnt even mention it. he gave me a note to give to the receptionist to make an appointment to see an ear,nose and throat speacialist at the hospital,and to also have a routine chest xray and blood test[not to do with the lump] so as you can imagine im now worrying that a shadow may show up in the lung area as im a smoker and im dreading that the lump could be cancer!!! I dont feel any different ie no weight loss no dry mouth etc but as ive seen all the things that it could be on the web its made me really scared! im now waiting for the next available appointment at the hospital and will keep people posted on here how it goes and what the speacialist says to me,so maybe it will put your minds at ease knowing my outcome,but still get it checked out just incase! so in the meantime im keeping my fingers crossed and just hoping that its something silly and maybe my tooth lol.
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replied October 22nd, 2009
forgot to add that it dosnt hurt at all.
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replied October 23rd, 2009
well........ i got my appointment date today,and its in december!!!!!!

So im just guessing that it cant be that serious otherwise it wouldve been alot sooner.
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replied November 25th, 2009
ok, i managed to get an appointment for yesterday(24th november 09). After an examination the speacialist said it was either a lymph node or a cyst much to my releif,and asked if i would like it removed,i was just about to say im not bothered if i dont, as its not doing any harm and dosent hurt etc(ive never had an operation before,and quite scared about the prospect)but before i could say it, the comical doctor said "lets get him in,slit his throat and get it out". So now ive got to have an operation and have it removed. Im not going to have it done until after christmas as there will be facial swelling,numb tongue and lip etc and dont really fancy that ruining my christmas.

So i hope this helps anyone who has a mysterious lump under their chin,but please also get it checked out just incase!
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replied December 4th, 2009
still no appointment date yet for the operation

BUT..................... the lump is getting smaller!!! and with no medication!!!
it seems to have started to get smaller a couple of days before i went to the hospital to see the ear,nose and throat doctor,and is now back to the size of a pea[bearing in mind it was the size of a marble a few weeks back and have i had the lump for nearly a year]. Obviously im hoping it dissapears completly as i really dont want an operation and hopfully might not need one after all!!! I also had a shave and it dosnt get in the way anymore. Also going back to the operation................. my local hospital BASILDON and THURROCK HOSPITAL has just recently been ranked the lowest in england due to being unclean and having the most death rates,so even if the lump remains im going to put the operation off for as long as i can!

So good luck fellow lumpys and always get it checked out just to be sure.
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replied December 29th, 2011
I know this is a few years old but I will say that I hope you did not get this operation! Especially considering that the cyst had no negative effects to your health and ESPECIALLYYYY when you're dealing with a hospital with a reputation like the one you stated?!?!? NO WAY!! Lol. There are sooo many things that can go wrong during and after surgery that it definitely wouldn't have been worth it, especially since you said it didn't hurt or anything. I mean, just going under anesthesia itself is dangerous & has a lot of risks that go along with it and people can also have bad reactions to it or can go into cardiac arrest as well as TONS of other complications, let alone even after surgery, infections can develop, the medicine you would have to take after words could have really bad side effects. Which by the way, all of these different problems and/or complications and/or side effects are ultimately things that can result in death! So, to risk your life or just otherwise having to go through something unpleasant unnecessarily or even to just put your life on hold for something that is not harming you in any way is absolutely ludicrous! I mean that's why even A LOT of times if someone has been shot and the bullet is lodged somewhere that it won't ever bother the person or isn't in a dangerous, life-threatening area in the body, doctors will always just leave it where it is because ANY doctor knows that putting someone's life at risk for something that is not harming them what-so-ever is just something you NEVER do. I mean, its common sense, OBVIOUSLY you're not going to put someone at risk of DYING over something that has absolutely no effect on them. That's basically the same as taking someone who has nothing wrong with them and performing surgery on them just for the hell of it, I mean HELLOOOO, that's just something that we all know is ridiculous! Lol.... So, actually my concern for you isn't even over the lump anymore, it's about the medical advice and care that you're getting from your Doctor! I would strongly suggest that if you haven't already, GET. A. NEW. PHYSICIAN!! What's sad is that it doesn't even surprise me that a doctor would suggest something like that considering now-a-days it seems that their ONLY motivation is solely for the money. I remember when doctor's first priority was their patients well-being and because they actually cared but being that my mom had an accident that happened to her in 2002 that has left her with surgeons butchering her and making her condition worse, to fighting tooth and nail for almost 10 years trying to find doctors that actually care and want to help her and challenging themselves to figure out what's wrong rather than just writing her a prescription every month because they're too lazy to try to search for the answers that we're missing, I know better than to EVER doubt the fact that their only motivation is the money now. So yea, seriously doesn't even surprise me because even though they know that it's an illogical solution and that they're advising options like that KNOWING they're wrong for doing so and at the same time taking advantage of their patients ignorance with knowledge of medicine, alllllll because it puts a few extra dollars (and I say "a few extra dollars" actually meaning a few extra *thousands of dollars*) in their pocket. Also, like I said before, any doctor that is willing to work in such a low-rated, unkempt and unsanitary hospital is obviously someone who is just money hungry and it would not surprise me AT ALL that he/she would advise patients to take more risky and or dangerous medical routes as long as those routes, necessary or not, makes them more money. SUCH a shame, and again, I know this is a few years old but pleaseeeee tell me you have gotten a new physician since then??? lol
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replied December 9th, 2009
I have a similar lump under my chin! I just discovered it about a week ago. I have been having some cold symptoms as well, so I'm thinking maybe it has grown as some sort of infection that is related to me being slightly sick. I am scared to get it checked out though, because I had an abscess in another part of my body last year, and I really don't want to have to go in for more surgery. Has anyone had a lump under their chin just go away all on its own?

Thanks for any feedback.
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replied November 4th, 2011
lump under chin
I had a lump for quite sometime. I asked a couple of doctors and they said it was fat that accumulated over
time. I do have hypo-thyroid. I would wear turtlenecks
and scarves to hide it. I have not been feeling well for
about three years with weird symptoms. Nose,ear,stomach,
pains in legs etc. Inflammation all over. Today, I
noticed it was gone. Feeling a lot better. I did take
advil on and off for a couple of weeks for some migraines, which I very rarely get. I also had an enlarged node in the side of my neck. That comes and goes. (I am not heavy, but when the doctor said it was fat, I just figured I'm getting older and that could be.) I don't know why it disappeared. I hope it does not come back. Maybe it was a cyst.
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replied December 21st, 2009
wow this makes me feel sooo much better. i have exactly what u are all describing and at first was freaaking out that it might be cancer or something scary like that. lump, dizzy/light headedness, cold sore, down in dumps as th 11year old mentioned.. tick tick TICKKK. got it all so im glad their are others out there with th same problem and that none of u guys sound as if ur lumps are life threatening =) i also need my wisdom teeth out which could be related. thanks everyone for posting ur concerns about ur own lumps haha mind is way more at ease now
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replied August 21st, 2011
mystery lumps
yes, same kind of lump for me...the pattern here seems like these are quite common
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replied August 21st, 2011
mystery lumps
yes, same kind of lump for me...the pattern here seems like these are quite common
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