Reasons of Hard Lump on Back of the Neck
Q: I am a 23 years old female. I have a hard bump on the back of my neck for about 2 weeks, along with spine pain and headaches. I have a cyst in my kidney and ovary; I am not sure if this could be a part of my problem. I am just not feeling good at all and wondering if this sounds like a problem arising or something that should pass.
The cysts in the ovary or kidney do not seem to be related to your neck problem.
The bump on the back of your neck could just be a knotted muscle. Such a lump may lead to headaches.
Applying muscle relaxants on the area can be helpful in such cases.
Other Possibilities for Such a Swelling
- It could be a sebaceous cyst. Such swellings are firm or hard to touch. They usually reduce in size on their own with time.
- It could be a boil or furuncle.
- Enlarged lymph node present in the area. The occipital group of lymph nodes are present in the back of the neck. They may get enlarged during any infection of the head and neck area. They also get enlarged in cases of lymphomas (malignancy).
- It could be fibroma, a non-cancerous growth.
Since the swelling is hard to touch, it is advisable to get it examined by a doctor to rule out malignancy.