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Lump behind left side of ear

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hi there im a 29 yr old woman with three kids iv noticed a lump behind the left side of ear and im felling more tired and tired everyday and im going bald on the top side of my head my hair is more wire hair even when i wash it it still the same i get bad headaches and i can be very stressed out as im a lone parent i get pains in my face and the back of my head to.could u please tell me anythin because i need to know before going to doctor just incase i get news that not expectin im gettin weaker and weaker and my sleep isnt great any more thankin u caroline

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replied January 18th, 2010
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It is unlikely that all of your symptoms have a single cause. Certainly, chronic stress can cause headaches and other body aches, Hair loss in adults is, for the most part, genetically determined. As for the lump behind your ear, it is not possible for me to offer specific diagnoses without examining patients. Most lumps in this locations are benign, however. (Very rarely, enlarged lymph nodes can be a sign of cancer.)

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Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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