Lump On Neck That Doesn’t Go Away After Surgery?

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Hello, so it’s been almost 3 months I feel a lump on the upper left of my neck, which makes me feel very uncomfortable, I often spit (creak) and also belch too much so I went to the doctor ENT, the doctor said I tonsils. Then I was operated on, but after surgery the lump didn’t go away, I even felt my neck was getting bigger and I was still spitting and belching excessively. I’ve done a thyroid ultrasound and the results are normal, please help and explain the symptoms of the disease I’m experiencing

1 Answer:

Hi PutriJuly,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Lump in the neck can be a mild condition but can also be dangerous. In order to distinguish them, it is necessary to further evaluate the characteristics of the lump, starting from the size, color, time of appearance, consistency, mobility, pain or not, and what are the accompanying complaints?

If a lump on your left neck appears accompanied by other complaints, such as frequent spitting and excessive belching, then this condition may be related to inflammation of the parotid gland (parotitis), or is often termed by the general public as mumps. This condition usually arises due to a viral infection that causes the salivary glands in the jaw and neck area to become inflamed, to eventually swell, and a lump appears. Because it normally functions to produce saliva, inflammation of the parotid gland can cause saliva production to increase. This is what may cause you to spit more often. In addition, the increase in stomach acid that occurs due to excessive production of stress hormones when the body has an infection can also cause you to burp more often.

In addition to a lump in the neck, frequent spitting, and belching, people with parotitis can also experience other complaints, such as fever, stiff neck, painful swallowing, cough, runny nose, muscle and joint pain, decreased appetite, nausea, and so on.

It is also possible that the various complaints that you feel arise due to other causes, such as lymphadenitis (inflammation of the lymph nodes), cellulitis (soft tissue infection around the neck and jaw), enlargement of the thyroid gland, benign tumors, malignant tumors, and so on.

If you have had surgery to remove your tonsils (tonsillectomy) and have an examination to monitor the health of your thyroid gland, and it was found that there are no significant abnormalities, then your condition may be due to other causes (besides enlarged tonsils and thyroid gland) as mentioned above. However, to be sure, you need to check with your doctor again. Not only a physical examination, further examinations such as laboratory, X-ray, ultrasound, or maybe a biopsy can also be done by the doctor in order to determine the best treatment. Furthermore, you can also be referred to the right specialist according to the tendency of the disease you are suffering from.

In the meantime, make sure you don't press too much on the lump that appears. Eat regularly, but reduce the consumption of foods that often trigger excessive saliva production, such as spicy, coconut milk, and oily foods. Regularly brush your teeth, gargle with salt water, and drink plenty of water. If the lump in the neck is painful or uncomfortable, you can compress the lump using a warm compress.

Hope it helps ya..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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