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April 1st, 2011
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Hi there.
I'm not a doctor. Untill a doctor answers you, please let me suggest that: First of all, never panic and think of the worse. That will cause an Shocked Anxiety/Panic Attack, and in turn, cause many other symptoms. Compute into your brain(think) that it's just an insect bite(bed bugs). It could be a large pimple. Never think cancer.
Don't touch it, go see a doctor. doctor looking
Once you find out what it is, please let us know.
TC. rainbow
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replied April 27th, 2011
Hi guys, from reading this topic it has helped me alot

I have had a lump behind my ear for bout 2yrs and it has never bothered me. About 6 months ago the lump started getting bigger and it hurt, i went to the doctors and at first he told me that i had mastoiditis but an xray and ct scan ruled that out. After that he just put me on anti inflammatory's to keep the swelling down. That worked for a while until the pain come back again

i went to the doctor again and had another CT scan again and found that my lymph nod behind my ear was inflamed due to an infection. he said that i could leave it coz it not doing any harm or get it cut out.

i made the choice to leave it but now the pain is getting worse and the lump is getting bigger.

im going back to the doctors in the morning to find out more, but im worried that its something more sinister.... im scared...

any suggestions to help me?
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replied August 30th, 2011
if you are really that worried inform your doctor that your afraid the lump may be something more and ask that it be checked out further to calm your worries.. hopefully its nothing or if its something hopefully its something that can be fixed easily.
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replied June 13th, 2011
i had a lump behind my ear a big one at that . and doctor told me if it got enyworse to go to hospital so it got bigger and i was worried about what it was but the hospital told me you can get swollen glans behind ure ears and gave me amoxicillin Smile so dont worry im sure its nothing serice
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replied August 25th, 2011
My 8 year old daughter woke up this morning and told me her ear was hurting her. She didn't complain about it for the day but as I was putting her to bed a while ago she told me it was hurting her so I took a look. It is a small lump behind her right ear and tender to the touch. I read most of the comments and I'm a lil scared. I will take her to the hospital tomorrow pls God. I pray that it is nothing serious.
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replied September 5th, 2011
before six months ago a bed bug has beaten at front of my penice but after after biopsy test there was no any disease but infection on penise as same as before then dr. has advised vdrl test and my vdrl test positive(reactive 4 dilution)and dr. gave me penicillin 24 lakh three weak, but every dose i did not take properly break every dose. some after some treatment(biopsy and fungal test)it became fit and ok..but there are some infection in my left throat and always some lymph node behind my ear and i feel some time fever and pain joint of body dr.an i take again penicillin injection again properly.. but dr said u have already taken one time that dose't need again so what can i do if infection is always still in my blood?
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replied October 18th, 2011
Lump behind ear
Mum informs me that when I was 5 I had a small hard lump behind my right ear which seemed to disappear when i was 7 and had been diagnosed as a cyst. When I was 13, I discovered this small hard lump had returrned. Over the next 15 years, five doctors told me this lump was a cyst and that its size increase was nothing to worry about. During these years I had suffered from almost constant sore throats and colds which became so extreme 2 years back that I thought I had picked up Swine Flu. At this time I saw a newly qualified doctor to get checked out and pointed out my lump again.

Within two weeks I had been sent to an ENT specialist who informed me that this lump was actually a tumor on my salivary gland which was now bigger than a golf ball although behind my ear the lump was still only the size of a grape.

Although removing it went well (18 months later I still have a small amount of damage such as numbness in my cheek, and no feeling in my ear), I now have a small pea sized lump behind my left ear which I found the day after my operation and is currently being monitored.

Other than the lump, sore throats and colds, other symptoms I experienced includes:
* a pushing sensation against my right tonsil
* a random sharp pain from behind my ear, down my neck in to my collar bone.
* a strange deep inner ear ache/spasm. The only way I can explain it is that it felt a lot deeper than a "normal" ear ache, and as over the years it often felt like it was joined by an increasingly painful twinge in my tonsil, back of my tongue and down my neck)

For any of you that have any concerns regarding lumps, please please follow this little bit of advice.... "If in doubt, check it out!". If it turns out to be nothing, the worst that has happened is you've lost an hour of your day! If you still do not feel happy with the information given by a doctor, then as already mentioned here, seek a second (or even third) opinion.
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replied December 2nd, 2011
bump behind ear
hello,
i also as most of you have a lump behind my ear its been there for about 6 weeks about 4 weeks ago it was so big i went to the e.r and they drained it and said it was a cycst and gave me antibyotics ( sorry not a good speller ) then i went to my doc and he also said it might be a cycst and sent me to a dermatoigist she tested it and said there is no infetion witch from what i know when cycst get inflamed its from a infection.. it is very very pain ful and is now getting bigger i still have not had any answers about what it is and why it wont go away i was hoping some one on here could give me some ideas.i have taken 2 different antibiotics for it but they did not help at all.
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replied December 2nd, 2011
bump behind ear
hello,
i also as most of you have a lump behind my ear its been there for about 6 weeks about 4 weeks ago it was so big i went to the e.r and they drained it and said it was a cycst and gave me antibyotics ( sorry not a good speller ) then i went to my doc and he also said it might be a cycst and sent me to a dermatoigist she tested it and said there is no infetion witch from what i know when cycst get inflamed its from a infection.. it is very very pain ful and is now getting bigger i still have not had any answers about what it is and why it wont go away i was hoping some one on here could give me some ideas.i have taken 2 different antibiotics for it but they did not help at all.
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replied December 19th, 2011
Testing tomorrow
Mine is similar to all this I have a lump behind my ear as well, in addition to one in my neck. I know these are lymph nodes. It appeared some time ago. I had it checked September last year where they took a wait and see approach. The two times since then I was prescribed antibiotics, and that make them shrink a little at first. In fact the one in my neck has stayed shrunken however it is still detectable with touch. The one behind my ear however returned to been swollen. However I differ from most of the people here in that mine is not painful at all..its just a swollen lump. And I have no other symptoms. Apart been lazy Razz ANyway I went back to the doctors today, as they recognize the antibiotics have not worked and its been a year since they have been aware of the lumps * I have had them for at least 2, maybe more* They are sending me for tests tomorrow. They gave me the option of either removing them right away or having special tests. I took the tests cause I would prefer them not cutting out lymph nodes as they perform a useful function. Will post results if I can or remember. But from research I am optimistic they are cancerous because they are relatively small and still shaped like nodes. But ofc I am worrying there is a chance they are that bad. And the length of time I had them is worrying
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replied December 20th, 2011
Okay a update. Had the tisses samples taken, tests results will take a week, but I have had an interesting development. I had a smaller node under the main problem one that was slightly swollen. After the needles, several hours later the smaller node has swollen up to half the size of the problem one. However this one is painful to touch. According to me research this is a good sign that the new node isn't the same problem I guess?
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replied January 6th, 2012
Lump is going down. What does that mean?
Hey guys,

I have a lump on the back of my left ear but here is the thing. I apply a warm/hot wash cloth on Tuesday night. I apply it for about 15-20 mins repeatedly. Making sure the temperature was warm enough that it felt warm on the lump. No lie, by wednesday morning the lump had reduce in size. I am not sure what to think of that honestly. Why did the lump go down? Is it that my lymph nodes were inflammed? Why did the lump go down? had anyone else had that experience? Anyways, I stop putting hot warm blanket, just in case it needs to be tested. But somehow, today is friday and the lump is even smaller than it was on wednesday morning, and this is all by itself cause I only apply warm cloth once on Tuesday night. What do you guys think of this? I dont know what to think honestly. I am not complaining cause of course I dont want to be sick. But I just dont understand how the swelling went down by putting a warm cloth on it. I have my appt with the ENT dr on Wednesday so I will see what the doc saids. But, what do you guys think?
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replied January 6th, 2012
Okay I got my results back, the node isn't cancerous, but they don't know what is causing it to swell. They said occasionally there is no medically explainable reason for them to swell, and some people live their whole lives with them, or the disappear at a completely random time. So do go get any strange lumps checked, especially lymph nodes, but don't panic ^_^
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replied April 10th, 2012
Cancer?
I have a bump behind my left ear it's not painful and it's been here for a longggg time it's swallowen to I'm scared someone help
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replied May 14th, 2012
Hhhh
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replied May 14th, 2012
Have a swallowen bump behind my left ear it's her. Here for a whole it doesn't hurt someone help I'm 14 cancer?????! Sad
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replied May 31st, 2012
Hey, I've had a noticeable lump behind my right ear for a few years now. It is extremely noticeable compared to my left ear. Around the time that I found it, I started suffering from chronic migraines. It's been 6 years since then. My migraines are steadily worsening. Over the years I've seen to 2 different doctors to find out the cause. And they just put me on preventatives. Which dont work. I'm going to a different doctor again, that I have never been to before, but have heard good things. Hopefully someone will be willing to help me find some answers, rather than write out a prescription. This page, however, has been enlightening. Smile
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replied June 29th, 2012
Swollen lymph node behind right ear
Calm down! I hate the "c" word (cancer)! We all assume the c word when we have a lump. I fall into that category myself. I also have had a swollen node behind my ear. My uncle is a doctor. I went to him and demanded blood work. I also went top my girly doctor and was tested for everything under the sun...diseases, pap, thyroid and mammogram. I had myself convinced I had every symptom of cancer. Oh how the power of suggestion can play with your mind. Anyway everything came back good. My uncle put me on augmentin for 10 days for a hair follicle that was infected and an old sinus infection...not to mention allergy medication...nose spray and pills. He also told me to apply warm compresses to it. It took 7 days on antibiotics for it to go away...but its gone! Hope I helped;)
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replied October 17th, 2012
Lump Behind Ear on Head, head ache, fever please help!
Hi I am thirteen years old and I have a pea size lump behind my ear on my head. I have a fever and a headache. my ear also hurts. I have looked up my symptoms and its like either cancer or an infection. I am scared. My mom doesn't really think its a big deal but I know somethings not right here.Any one know what it could be? Or should I go to doctor asap? please be honest with me and reply as soon as possible.
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replied November 14th, 2012
Hi because you are scared I think your mom needs to take you to see a Doctor. A little knowledge is dangerous as you have discovered, now you are afraid it might be cancer.A lot of symptoms for simple things can also be the same for cancer, you must stop doing your own research as this is scaring you even more.

I think you should get a course of antibiotics from your Doctor. Please don't take anything that is not prescribed by a Doctor for you. It is important that you have the right antibiotic and the right strength for you. The swelling could be from a dental abcess or a bacterial infection.

If the antibiotics fail then a referral to an ENT consultant would be a good move. If neccessary a biopsy can be done to check for malignancy but would also be assuring if it is benign. (non malignant)

For your peace of mind talk to your mom and explain how scared you are, I am sure she loves you very much and will get your Doctor to see you.

Please try not to worry. God bless you.
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replied November 14th, 2012
Swollen lymph nodes.
Hi People, I have Multiple Myeloma which effects my lymph nodes in various places including head and neck, axilla (arm pits).

I see there are a lot of scared people out there, my advice to you is not just to see your Doctor but to get him to refer you to an ENT consultant. It is your life and while it may be as simple as an infection, and antibiotics may clear it up you need to be sure. If after taking antibiotics you still have the problem it probably should be biopsied to check for cancer. The positive side of that is that if it is benign you'll stop worrying.

The lymphatic system is designed in your body to protect you and it is also a warning system, that someone needs to pay attention to.

I am not trying to scare but to help you stop worrying. If it is cancer you need help now, if it is an infection the right treatment will clear it up. Worrying will drive you nuts find out and deal with what you have to. God bless you all.
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replied November 14th, 2012
I had MVD surgery for my Trigeminal Neuralgia about 6 weeks ago. About the fourth week in post recovery I noticed what feels like a hard bone behind my right ear. It is painful to sleep on my right, it has also become painful to wear my glasses for reading it hurts the bone area having to have the glasses arm rest on it. My ear is a bit sore on the right side to. What is it?
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replied November 15th, 2012
reply to Jaggers
Hi Jaggers, Don't panic and get upset. I would strongly reccommend you go back to the consultant, it sounds like a lymph node and it could be a simple thing that antibiotics will clear up. It does need checking though, you should have a discharge paper from the hospital with numbers to call in the event of something like this happening.

Just because it is a lymph node it does not mean it is cancer, lymph nodes swell for various reasons besides cancer.... including bacterial infection and dental abcesses. Let the professionals tell you.
God Bless you, I sincerely hope it is a simple thing.
Peterlj
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