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I have found a bump on my neck roughly 3 inches below my right ear. it is about 1cm wide and .5cm tall. i found it 3 days ago and it has not yet changed in size. i do not have any feelings of sickness and i feel 100% normal. the bump is so small you can not see it, you must feel with hands to find it. i rubbed it like crazy and it only got very sore and a bit inflammed, ice seemed to eliminate some of the pain from that.
it feels hard and will not move. what do you think? do you think it is a muscle knot. a swollen lymph node or something else? is it something to be worried about? i just get concerned because when i find something like this i automatically think cancer or tumor or something worst case scenario. your reply will be appreciated.

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Ben Thompson

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replied August 24th, 2010
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Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

Bumps in the neck may appear due to muscle strain or tear, inflammation of the lymph glands, inflammation of the skin, or in rare cases inflammation of the lymph nodes and skin due to tuberculosis. In cases of muscle strain individuals experience pain during limb movement or in cases of a tear they experience difficulties moving a limb. In cases of inflammation of the lymph nodes or skin, the skin is painful, red, swollen and hard.

According to the data that you describe, you may or may not experience any of the medical conditions listed above. See your doctor for further diagnosis to rule out muscle strain or tear, inflamed lymph nodes or skin.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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