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Having general neck soreness, bump in the rear neck. Hurts to move head. What could it be?

hi, im a 17 year old male and for the past about month now i have had general neck soreness. i noticed a bump on my rear right neck. right below my hairline. its not very big. but sometimes it bigger and sometimes its smaller i think. it hard to tell. whenever i move my neck either to left of right it hurts like it would after you sleep on it the wrong way. like torticollis , which i had about 6 months ago. im not sure if this could just be a lymph node or something more serious. or even something like just a simple muscle knot. there is no pain when pressure if applied to the bump.
Asked On : Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

Well, without a clinical evaluation it would be difficult to determine the cause of the lump. Possibilities that may need to be considered include enlarge lymph nodes, lipomas, cysts, growths from underlying connective tissue etc.

Swollen lymph glands are the most common cause of lumps on the neck. These glands enlarge in response to infections, both bacterial and viral. They also can enlarge as the result of a malignancy or autoimmune conditions, like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

I would suggest getting this evaluated by doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. You may get the FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) of lump done under his/her guidance.

Wishing you good health....
Dr Saurabh gupta.
Answered: Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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