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I have been diagnosed and have been treated for Temporal Arteritis

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I have been diagnosed and have been treated for Temporal Arteritis for 18 months.I also have a stent after two mild heart attacks.I am 74yrs old,with a high family heart disease rate...Mother,father,sister and two brothers all have had heart surgery.
My question is that I have noticed an increasingly hard ridge on one side of my neck,which gives twinges into my jaw at times.Could this be cholesterol build up? My last cholesterol
Count was 268,with an LDL of 179. What would you advise me to do about the neck?
Thankyou
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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this doesn't sound like cholesterol build up

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you should see your doctor and get an exam of your neck.

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and possibly get a neck ultrasound or soft tissue MRI scan to see why you have this hard ridge there.

Dr. David :

it could be from prior steroid therapy or scar tissue

JACUSTOMER-wvo1tx7z- : Thank you doctor....what type of physician do you recommend? I am at present seeing a rheumatologist
Dr. David :

rheumatologist would be fine to examine your neck to feel the hard ridge

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and they can order scans to see deeper than the skin to see what might be underneath.

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an ultrasound can check the blood vessels and check for proper blood flow.

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sometimes there can be a blood clot in the jugular vein and an ultrasound of the neck carotid arteries and jugular veins can check for this.

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thanks.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

sometimes there can be a blood clot in the jugular vein and an ultrasound of the neck carotid arteries and jugular veins can check for this.


thanks.

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