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Undiagnosed Lump On Neck

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I have a lump on my neck that is located in the left posterior triangle under the skin. I first noted it approx. 8 weeks ago. The lump is not "hard," but is firm. It is not tender. It is approximately 1 3/4 inches long and runs on a diagonal from an area a couple inches above the top of my clavical (where it attaches to the shoulder) toward my throat. It seems to taper. (meaning larger at the top and narrower as it goes down my neck) any growth of this lump if any, has been so minimal as to not be noticed.

Although when feeling the lump, it can be felt by moving my fingers upward or downward, it is really pronounced when moving my fingers downward.

My primary care doctor sent me for a ct neck scan. Three lymph nodes were noted at 7mm, 5mm and 5mm. All are considered within normal parameters. He then sent me to an ent specialist who found nothing out of the norm and states there is nothing to worry about. Upon a followup visit to my primary care physican, he tells me based on the cnt findings, don?T worry, monitor the lump, go to followup exam with cnt specialist and let him know if it changes.

I believe in fixing a dripping faucet before it cannot be turned off. I feel the same about my health. Early detection of any potentially adverse condition is essential to effective treatment. Any suggestions would be appreciated. As it seems to be along the muscle, is there such a thing as a "muscle" specialist that I could seek a second opinion from?
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replied November 17th, 2004
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I don't know if this is the right forum, but I am familiar with your situation. My son had a similar lump in about the same place as you described yours. His was found by a dermatologist when we took him in to have a suspicious mole removed. The derm. Thought the lump could be connected to the suspicious mole. The mole he had removed was a blue naevus which is commonly malignant. Fortunately, his was benign. He had a biopsy done on the lump and they found it to be nothing more than a very swollen lyph node. Do you have any suspicious looking moles near or around your lump? Does melanoma or any other cancer run in your family? I am not trying to scare you, but this is what we went through with our son. I believe it is better to be safe than sorry and to check anything you feel is not normal for your body. If your Dr. Won't take this seriously, then I would suggest going to another Dr. Or insisting that your current Dr. Check into this more thoroughly. Even if nothing comes of it, you have the peace of mind knowing that you did all you could to check it out. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
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replied November 17th, 2004
Re: Undiagnosed Lump On Neck
Verbeth,

thanks for your response to my post. Glad to hear the good news on your son's lump. I am unable to trace family medical history, so I have no information to lead me in a specific diagnostic direction.

I am scheduled for my followup with the cnt in about a week. As my lump has stayed about the same as it was, I am sure he will give me a "clean bill of health". I have already scheduled my followup appointment with my primary physcian the week after. I will ask him if he can positively identify what is causing this lump. When he says no, I will ask him to refer me to someone who can. One of the greatest fears we have is fear of the unknown. If I know what I am up against, regardless if it is good or bad news, I can deal with it. Not knowing is somthing else.

Thanks again for your response.

Gb99
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replied April 5th, 2009
lump on neck
I too have a lump on my neck, to the right side, it feels egg shaped to touch. Have been for an ultrasound scan and received a follow up appointment to go to ENT. Have no idea what this could mean.
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replied November 15th, 2010
Have you heard of "occipital neuralgia", I was diagnosed with this through my GP after I had a raised lump on my left and right side of my neck, cluster headaches, fatigue and nausea. I was diagnosed 4yrs ago and I begun physio treatment, created a more calm environment as stress is a trigger and have not suffered this illness until two weeks ago I begun feeling unlike myself, tension, headaches, fatigue, headaches and a really sore left ear and sure enough I felt my lump "gland" raised on my left side only. I must look into what a woman left cortex consists of as this may help with self treatment. "neuralgia" comes in many different forms, google it.
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replied October 18th, 2011
I also have a lump on the right side of my neck. It seems to be a mystery to the doctors and pathologist as to what is causing this. I had a CT scan, a needle biopsy, and then actual surgery to remove it. Unfortunately, they were not able to remove it, for my body has created a cocoon around whatever it is that my body doesn't like with a hard fibrous substance and scar tissue. The surgeon told me that the scar tissue was also growing around my nerve that controls my arm, and he was not able to determine where the nerve was so he opted to not take the risk of damaging that nerve. He took some samples and closed me back up. Now the lab results are coming back as not being cancer and bacteria, but still waiting on the fungus test results. If it is not a fungus, my doctor does not know what it is, so doesn't know how to treat it. So, we will just have to watch it to see if it gets bigger for there is the danger or it pushing on nerves, cutting off circulation to arteries, or blocking airways. Your neck really has a lot going on in a small area. If anyone has an answer to what this could be please share. I agree with the gb99's comment above, it's the unknown that's hard to deal with!
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