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What does the lump on the back of my neck mean?

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I have a lump on the back of my neck towards the left under my hairline. I noticed it a few years ago, but my mom convinced me that it was probably just a hurt muscle or something simple. However, the past few days it has been hurting when i move my head side to side and when I put pressure on it. Also a few weeks ago I noticed red blotches on the front of my neck that won't go away, but they don't itch. I made a doctor appointment to get this checked out, but it's in a week and I am going crazy just thinking about it. I may be freaked out over nothing, but I can't help but wonder if it's something serious.
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replied June 28th, 2010
Lymphoma is generally a painless condition, and is associated with gradually enlarging lymph nodes. Although I cannot offer you a specific diagnosis, as I am not involved in your care, you may have a "reactive" lymph node in your neck, which can be quite sore.

A visit to your doctor might be both helpful and reassuring to you.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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