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Lump on the right neck poking out. Feeling numb and cold at night. How to cure this?

Hi, I have a pea sized lump on my right side of my neck but I think everyone has one it's just mine is poking out when I turn my head to the left. I'm also having shoulder and arm is numb and cold feeling at night and when I wake up. I'm just wondering could this lump be poking out do to it maybe be swollen and I just can't tell? Thank you
Asked On : Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013
Hi Whit,
Welcome to Healthcare Magic.
It is either a Sebaceous cyst (Epidermoid cyst) or a Lipoma. If there is a central blackish dot in the center then is former one other wise it is lipoma. Both of these conditions are very common and can be cured with small excision. It protrudes whenever you make neck movement because of your underlying muscles on which it rests. During movement of head to left side it makes the the neck muscles of right side tense over which the swelling becomes more prominent. It is a normal phenomenon.
Now for your numbness and cold feeling of the shoulder and arm is related to the compression of nerves deep inside the neck in the vertebral column. This is not at all related to your pea sized swelling. Sometimes we do get compression symptoms from any swelling in the neck but then it should be around the size of your fist (or a small potato).
So for the small you can visit a dermatologist / Surgeon or can leave it as it is.
For your shoulder or arm symptom you can meet either a orthopedic surgeon or neurologist who can guide you the best.
Hope this information will help you.
With best wishes of health,
Dr Sanjay K Kanodia
Answered: Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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