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Sore lump below the base of neck and above shoulder, sore to touch, pain in neck. What could this be?

Hi Last night I felt a large sore lump just below the base of my neck (left side of back). I thought this might be muscular and thought nothing of it until tonight. I have found a hard lump at base of neck above shoulder; again on the left side. The lumps are sore to touch and I have a slight ache in neck area. What could this be.
Asked On : Fri, 25 May 2012
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If soreness in the neck swellings is not severe, if the swellings are not 'big', if you don't have fever, you may only observe at the moment. Otherwise, a course of an antibiotic may have to be considered (in consultation with your doctor). Regarding your question 'What could this be', it is difficult to pinpoint it at this juncture (with a short history of only a couple of days and in the absence of other contributory symptoms/signs). The list of possible causes can be a long one. So don't worry at the moment. Keep in touch to inform the development after which a definite diagnosis can be attempted.
Answered: Tue, 5 Jun 2012
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