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About three weeks ago I noticed a quite substantial lump right infront of my right ear that felt like it was connected to my jaw bone/joint. After a few days it started to get smaller and smaller and a week later the shrinking stopped and it has remained roughly the same size ever since. I do sometimes feel it has gotten slighter smaller/larger but it has yet shown no signs of disapearing all together. It is totally painless, I can push into it quite hard and feel no discomfort at all. The only thing I can think of that caused it was that I have always been able to do a thing with my jaw where it sort of like cracks out and into place, especially on my right side, sometimes if I do this the area around it becomes tender for a few days and goes away. I did happen to do this shortly before this lump came and I do think its somehow linked but as with most people, the presence of a lump anywhere on your body is incredibly worrying.

The lump itself is very solid, it does feel like it moves a little but is more or less firmly attached to the bone. When I open my jaw it sinks in and you can no longer feel it. As for size, its hard to describe, but were talking less than a cm from top to bottom and much less from side to side.

Does anyone have any idea what this may be?
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First Helper eldor
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replied January 3rd, 2008
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it could be some scar tissue. I know how worrying something like that can be. I wouldnt worry about it unless it gets larger or if it hurts. you could use some joint and tissue ointment on it and it would help the overall health of the joint and the tissuse around it.
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replied September 4th, 2012
Fatty Tumor. Usually liver and kidneys can't get rid of all the toxins, so the body stores it in fat, close to skin so skin can try and rid the toxins. Means that there is an underlying problem someplace in the body that needs remedied to stop it. I've read some people have these for years.
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replied February 7th, 2008
I've had the same thing and just got back the doctor. Specifically what I had was a bump at the very back of my jawbone next to my ear lobe. I first noticed it about 6 years ago. It felt like a button or an m&m under the skin. It was hard and painless and frankly, pretty easy to ignore except for the fact that it was there. A year or so later I went to the doctor for something else and mentioned the lump. He felt it and said not to worry about it. Fast forward 6 years and over time it's gotten a little bigger. It's now about the size of a lifesaver and if I look at myself in a mirror I can notice a slight bump compared to the other side. Last week I went to my regular doctor for something else and mentioned the bump again. Again I was told it was probably nothing, but I was given the option of getting a referral to an ear, nose & throat doctor (otolaryngologist) if I wanted. Even though it doesn't hurt, and has never hurt, there's a bit of stress involved in something being there that isn't supposed to be there. Very Happy I went to the ear, nose & throat doctor this morning and he said what I have is a "parotid mass". Basically it's a tumor in the parotid gland (large salivary gland). He said these are "very rarely cancerous". (whew!) It is suggested that it be removed because if left untouched over time it can grow and eventually affect the facial nerve or could possibly convert to cancer so it's best gotten rid of, though you do have to weigh the risks of that with the risks of surgery would could also cause some facial nerve damage. Probably the best thing to do would be to see an otolaryngologist and let them take a look. If it's nothing, or it's something but it's not worth touching right now (my understanding is they might opt not to do anything about lump under 1cm or something) then he or she will say so. And if it's something then this is definitely a case of "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". The good news is, it isn't necessarily bad, and wouldn't you like not to worry about it anymore? Smile Best of luck!
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replied August 14th, 2012
Hi I just want to thank you Dawnseven for your post because it saved my Papa's life. He had a bump just as you described which has bothered him since May. Believe it or not his primary doctor said it was part of his jaw!! He went to his dentist because he thought it could be within a tooth, but the dentist said he didn't see anything. They went to an oral surgeon who saw nothing and didn't have any suggestions, but he said he could come back in 3 months and he'd take another look... So in mid-June, he was telling my family about his trouble finding an answer and so I google searched, 'lump on jaw' and found your post. Thanks to you I wrote down an ear, nose and throat doctor that my mom goes to and they made an appointment. unfortunately, they couldn't get him until last week. As soon as the doctor saw it, they scheduled an immediate surgery which took place today and he just got out and did very well. The malignant cancer had already spread to his lymph nodes in his neck. They believe they were able to remove all of the malignant cancer and the lymph nodes but he will still need radiation. THANK YOU so much for taking the time to write your post because it helped my family save his life!
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replied February 11th, 2008
It could be a parotid mass, parotitis, or a cyst in front of your TMJ. I would suggest talking to your doctor about having some type of scan(MRI) if possible, to narrow it down. I am in the middle of the process, just had an MRI done, because of a swollen mass right on top of my left tmj. Painless, sometimes soft, sometimes hard, came and went for the longest time.
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replied February 11th, 2008
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sometimes thats possible. but from what he is describing i dont think so
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replied September 7th, 2008
as to eldor and dawnseven's comments
eldor i have been able to do the same thing...cracking the jaw and it sounds loud and you can hear it in the ear. i am also in the process of seeing an ENT and may have to get another catscan. the first one didn't reflect anything and so i've been on antibitotics for the past 6 weeks. if there is some progress, i'll let you know. if you have made progress (anyone), please let me know.
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replied March 23rd, 2009
Lump under ear lobe
Ihave been reading about several issues about lumps under ear lobe. What I have is directly under my ear lobe a knot that came up a few days ago. It did this about 6 months ago to. Its very painful and when I eat it gets worse most likely due to the chewing. It swells up the left side of my jaw line and is a defintie knot that does not move. My insurance doesn't kick in for another month so I'm trying to hold off going to the doctor but it gives me an ear ache along with a jaw ache. Someone suggested it could be TMJ but everything I have read so far doesn't support the symptoms, can anyone shed some light on this for me?...Thank you in advance
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replied December 15th, 2012
If it hurts when you chew, I bet nighttime clenching is a big cause of your pain. It took me over a year to find out that was my problem. I got a pain chewing like you describe and there was a spot that was very painful when I pushed on it. I was finding it too painful to eat normal foods. My PCP sent me for X-ray and then an MRI, but those didn’t turn up anything. I went to a dentist who advertised himself as a TMJ specialist, and he made me a $1000 mouth guard and that made the pain worse. Even though the pain was worse he told me I should stick with it and things would get better. Well, things didn’t get better. It got to the point where I wasn’t eating anything but apple sauce and soup. I read on one of these forums about the web page at the NIH website that warns that there is no such thing as an accredited specialization in TMJ for either dentists or doctors, and that was the last straw, so I gave up on using the $1000 mouth guard and the “TMJ specialist” who made it for me.

I was searching on line three weeks ago and found a SleepGuard headband that is advertised to help people stop clenching and grinding their teeth in their sleep, so I called the company. I actually got to talk to the man who designed it, and I decided to give it a try. It makes a sound when you clench to remind you to stop. At first I was worried I wouldn’t be able to respond to the sound without waking up, but I got used to it in a few days. What a difference! I’ve been using it two weeks now and I am back to eating mostly normal food. I told my Aunt about it and she is going to try it also because she also suffers from TMJ.
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replied October 18th, 2009
I have the same thing.
I have the exact same thing. No pain, it sinks when i open my mouth. its right in front of my right ear. Im convinced i have lymphoma. However im to the point that ive been scared so long that ill just let it go. if i die i die. Ive seen what kemo does. Its worse than cancer. However i am a hypocondriac or however you spell that. so therefor neither one of us have it more than likely.
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replied October 29th, 2009
Tumor, bump at or just under Jawline and ear.
So elinunya made me chuckle..thanks...my son just told me last night about his little painful bump that is under the ear and at the jawline. He said it hurts...so we shall see..The school nurse said he should see a doc today about it...so now he's even more freakn worried. Lets just pray for the best...again thanks for everyone's comments and for yours...lol
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replied March 1st, 2010
same problem with me
yeah m also havin same problem pls do help its ow a lot bigger. m a worried coz its spoiling mah face shape m 15
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replied April 5th, 2010
soft lump infront of ear
i have the exact same thing, a lump right infront of my ears and above my ear lobe. It''s never hard, its always soft, and it never hurts, i''ve had it for as long as i can remember, my parents told me that i had it when i was born. I want to have surgery to have it cut, but i dont know if thats the right thing to do. i dont mind it, but it just kinda looks weird with a lump infront of your ear.
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replied April 8th, 2010
I''m not sure if this could be the problem but there''s a possibility you could have a swollen lymph node. I have a swollen ball, and it feels like it''s inside or on the line of my jaw. There are some lymph nodes(part of the lymphatic system) located there and throughout your body also next to your ear. They can swell up at times when you are sick or have some sort of virus because it helps fight for your body. I have one on my right jawline, but it''s not really a bother unless I push on it. I hope this helps.
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replied August 24th, 2010
It's not a tumor
At least in my case it's definitely not a tumor, and I think a lot of people with TMJ have had the same issue probably... I have been having the same problem for awhile now with a rather large painful bump in front of my right ear when I open my jaw, and I know that, in my case at least, it is the condyle head from a dislocation of my jaw. It is not completely dislocated, but it is a rather large bump and it is rather painful. Hot compresses and massage have helped a bit, but I may have to go and see an oral surgeon to have is fixed properly.
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replied November 28th, 2010
jaw lump
Same thing, painless and about the size of an m&m. Sounds like its common. Sounds like I shouldn't worry. Sounds like its something the doctors can make money off of. Just keep an eye on it yourself, if it doesn't get bigger, it's not cancer; if it doesn't hurt anything, I don't see the need to worry...
--sing soft, sing true
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replied April 29th, 2011
lump in FRONT of my ear
Yesterday I noticed a pea size, hard lump directly in front of my ear, on my jaw. I have a few things going on. A boil on my cheek, same side as the lump, a cavity same side as the lump and my hearing has faded a couple times, same side as the lump. I also have clicking in my jaw but never been diagnosed with tmj. The lump is hard and fixed and doesn't really hurt but gets sore from me rubbing it. I'm vee worried!
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replied April 29th, 2011
Yesterday I noticed a pea size, hard lump directly in front of my ear, on my jaw. I have a few things going on. A boil on my cheek, same side as the lump, a cavity same side as the lump and my hearing has faded a couple times, same side as the lump. I also have clicking in my jaw but never been diagnosed with tmj. The lump is hard and fixed and doesn't really hurt but gets sore from me rubbing it. I'm vee worried!
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replied June 5th, 2011
Lumps could be harmless, or they could be tumours. The only way to know is to get them checked out- ultrasound, biopsy, MRI, I'd ask for as many scans as possible.

I was told for a year my lump in front of my ear was a hypertrophic masseter muscle and it turned out to be cancerous. The earlier you catch it the better the prognosis.

I hope yours turn out to be nothing, but get any persistent lump checked out thoroughly!
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replied July 8th, 2011
I have a lump I just noticed on the right side of my jaw and in front of my ear, Its painful when I lay day or have any type of pressure on it. its about the size of a life saver. I have never noticed it untill just recently. Its hard for me to see any doctors becuase of the lack of insurance. My mom does not work and therefore does not get any benifits, and my father has been out of the picture for quite some time now. any help would be appreciated. Thanks alot.
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replied October 14th, 2011
lump in front of right ear
I also found a lump in front of my right ear 2 days ago. I literally freaked out because a few hours before I had had a facial and the facialist did this thing where she pressed underneath my ears and I remember it feeling uncomfortable so I though somehow she made this happened to me. But I also got pink eye 3 days ago in my right eye and my throat has been swollen too so I went to the doctor today and she told me I have viral conjuctivitis, phayngitis, and preauricular adenopathy. I also get cold sores a lot so this all seems to be related somehow. She said the lump is definitely a swollen gland and that I am fighting some kind of virus but unfortunately medicine won't help a virus, only bacterias. Sad

Oh! Btw I also have TMJ and my jaw cracks and goes out of alignment when I open my mouth wide (ie. yawning, eating) and it clicks when I chew too.
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replied December 5th, 2011
Did anyone have this lump in front of the ear all of a sudden? My 11 year old came home today with a grape size lump in front of his ear. It is hard and visible, he says it only hurts when he pushes on it really hard. He said it came after math class today, no signs of it before then. He has no other signs or symptoms of TMJ. I'm definately making a Dr. appt. but it was nice to see that it seems not too serious based on everyone's comments.
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replied March 18th, 2012
It could be a cyst because that's what I have a lump in the front of my ear then I went to the doctor and I had to get surgery I don't think it's really a big, big problem though.
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