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Hello, I've noticed a fairly hard lump about 2-3 finger widths

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Hello, I've noticed a fairly hard lump about 2-3 finger widths directly below my occipital protutberence, more or less tracing the middle of my spine into neck. I wasn't sure whether this is a likely location of a lymph node, or whether it could just be a knot in the muscle?
Please advise, very anxious
thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Phil, MD :

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi I'm Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil, MD :

Can I ask your first name?

Customer: My name is Kim
Dr. Phil, MD :

Hi Kim

Dr. Phil, MD :

nice to meet you

Dr. Phil, MD :

it is right in the middle?

Customer: Pretty much, I mean we're talking maybe a cm or two on the right side, but noticeably central
Dr. Phil, MD :

okay good

Dr. Phil, MD :

is it tender?

Customer: It's not visible, but can feel it
Dr. Phil, MD :

okay tender?

Customer: No not especially but I have been prodding it a little now and it feels a little noticeable
Dr. Phil, MD :

okay.

Dr. Phil, MD :

if it is a knot it should be tender

Dr. Phil, MD :

in that case it could be a lymph node or a cyst or a lipoma

Dr. Phil, MD :

I would recommend you have an ultrasound of the lesion to determine further

Customer: Sounds a little serious?
Dr. Phil, MD :

Probably nothing actually

Dr. Phil, MD :

but I would get it looked at

Dr. Phil, MD :

most likely a sebaceous cyst

Dr. Phil, MD :

this is a common location for them

Customer: It feels like it's pretty much on my vertebrae.
Dr. Phil, MD :

gotcha

Dr. Phil, MD :

that indicates a likely sebaceous cyst

Dr. Phil, MD :

probably not a lymph node then

Customer: Ok. Obviously I will get it checked fully tomorrow by my gp. Are lymph nodes generally towards the sides of the back of the neck?
Dr. Phil, MD :

yes exactly Kim

Dr. Phil, MD :

more laterally located of the spine

Dr. Phil, MD :

you there Kim?

Customer: Just for reassurance, before I go. So you can get an idea of the location. If you place your finger on the back of your head and feel that large point, if you move your fingers 3 widths below and immediately right, it is there
Dr. Phil, MD :

Ok. I'm 99% sure it is a cyst

Customer: It feels about 1.5 finger width in dimesion
Dr. Phil, MD :

okay

Dr. Phil, MD :

gotcha

Dr. Phil, MD :

99% its a cyst

Customer: Ok. Thanks again. Will see GP in morning
Customer: bless.
Dr. Phil, MD :

welcome Kim

Dr. Phil, MD :

did I do good work for you?

Customer: Yes. Very clear. Just been going round in my mind the last few weeks.
Dr. Phil, MD :

no problem

Dr. Phil, MD :

would you mind rating me positive for me?

Dr. Phil, MD :

before leaving?

Customer: Of course.
Dr. Phil, MD :

thank you :)

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