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Cracking neck a lot. Tried to resist, pressure builds up. Hard lump under skin, sore. Why?

I have recently found myself cracking my neck a lot, I believe as the result of a change in workout and longer time spent in front of the computer... I try to resist the urge but the pressure builds up and I give in, sometimes doing so repeatedly until I tell myself to stop it because I know it can t be good. Today I found myself cracking my neck but when I put my hand to the back of my head there was also a hard lump under the skin and even a sore on top of it... really scary obviously I know I need to stop cracking my neck, but what have I done to myself in the meantime?
Asked On : Fri, 15 Mar 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Though we need to examine you to come to a conclusion regarding the lump at the back of your head, one can be sure that it is not because of your repeated cracking of the neck.

The possibilities include lipoma (or other benign tumors), sebaceous syst and an abscess.

Please consult a general surgeon for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)

Senior Consultant Neurologist

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,

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Answered: Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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