Hi all, I need some help with some strange neck pain. In 2008 I noticed a type of swelling at the base of my neck towards the front. It's behind my clavicle bone and in front of my shoulder muscle (normally a persons neck depresses in this spot) but on me it is a bump. My Dr had me go and get a cat scan done and what they found was a 5cm something! So then I went to the head and neck surgeon and he reviewed my ct and looked at my neck then told me he never saw anything like it and it is in a spot where he said it was to risky to operate on it. So I let it go and about a yr later my dr wanted another ct so I went and got that done to find out it wasn't 5cm down anymore it was up at the top! Like a little man rolled it up! Sorry, now it's inflamed again and with problems. Now when I turn my head mostly when im doing something and try to turn my head it seems to catch and now I have pain. Have any of you good people ever heard of this or had this? Any help? Please! Nanimal
I would agree with KM. It could be an infected lymph node or a sebaceous cyst (SC). Sometimes SC require an operation to remove it. Going back to your doctor is the best thing to do. Either condition is easy to diagnose. At this stage it could be something and nothing so don’t worry. Never be afraid to ask a question, we will answer it if we can.
You might ask your primary care Dr to refer you to an endocrinologist this time. They have specialized training for the symptoms that you've described. A good deal of them have ultrasound machines in their office and their own labs for blood testing. They have specific skills in diagnosing and treating lymph nodes and glands, among other things. I just think an endo would be better off helping you. If this has been going on since 2008, someone should have ordered a bioppsy by now. An endo will be able to do that if necessary. I wish you the best of luck. My grandmother always told me not to worry and be scared until you know there is something to be worried about!
Hi Nan ~ I agree with what KM, Lisa and Emerald said... I hope it's nothing serious, but you really should get it checked out. We definitely have to be our own advocates these days!
Anyway, you're definitely in my prayers. Please let us know what you find out. These peeps at DC are awesome and very helpful! I think it's always better to ask sooner rather than later... :-)
Hi Emerald ~ I know a little bit about Kaiser because my husband used to have Kaiser health insurance through his work. But it works pretty much the same with other health insurance programs like HMOs (health maintenance organization) and PPOs (preferred provider organizations).
A primary care doctor is the same thing as a general practitioner.
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