Approximately 3 months ago I was suffering with what seemed to be a chest infection. My gp said it was probably viral and therefore did not prescribe antibiotics. The illness continued and I returned to my gp about a month later. He prescribed me a course of amoxycillin and I felt much better. Around about the same time I noticed a small lump in what seemed to be the lymph nodes behind the ear. Knowing that i'd had an infection I was unconcerned. A few months on the lump is still there but it doesn't feel like a lymph node anymore. It is solid, painless and I am not able to move it. There is no associated ear pain and my blood tests (esr and total count) were normal.
I returned to my gp who on examination said that she was convinced it was bone but she referred me to ent to rule out whether it is lymph or not. I'm still on the waiting list to see a consultant.
I have started to get a strange slighlty numb/tingling sensation on two areas of my head. I'm not sure if the source of this is my scalp or my bone.
I was wondering if anyone could shed some light on this. I'm worried it could be somethng more sinister than a swollen lymph node.
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replied June 19th, 2009
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Owen, it's been 3 years. And .... what did the consultant say? was it lymphatic, or was it a small protuberance on the mastoid bone? I am interested in the 'strange slightly numb/tingling sensations on your head. I have had these for years (normally following a bout of flu) and they last for months. Had a neurologist check them out about a decade ago with no conclusion. Yet, they still occur ...
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replied October 27th, 2009
hardened lump - mastoid bone
I have a hard lump there too, it feels like a bone but is not because there isnt on the other side. Im actually seeing an ENT tomorrow.
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replied May 30th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
It seems as lump. Its benign in most of the cases.
You need to watch and monitor its size and consistency.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
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