Neck Lump?

Illustration of Neck Lump?
Illustration: Neck Lump?

I have a lump on the right side of my neck, it hurts several times and now my right shoulder is swollen, is there any connection? What disease is this?

1 Answer:

Hi Yunin,

Thank you for asking

The appearance of a lump and pain in the right side of the neck can be caused by many factors, for example:

Lymphadenitis (inflammation of the lymph nodes), often due to infection, or it could be due to other causes, such as cat scratches, immune disorders, cancer

Parotitis (inflammation of the parotid gland)
Swelling of the thyroid gland, can be due to autoimmune disorders (for example Graves' disease), infection, nodules, or cancer
Infections, can be caused by bacteria or viruses, for example, herpes zoster, folliculitis, impetigo
Tumors, whether benign or malignant, for example sebaceous cysts, dermoid cysts, melanoma
Injuries, for example those that cause muscle swelling, edema, hematoma, joint dislocation (shift), ligament injuries, fractures
Scoliosis (abnormally curved spine to the side), and so on

Swelling in your shoulders could be a result of spreading inflammation that causes complaints in your neck. Or it could be, swelling in your shoulders appears due to other factors that are not directly related to complaints in the neck, for example due to rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, infections or other tumors, and so on.

Without direct observation, it is difficult for us to identify exactly what triggers the complaint on your neck and shoulders. Therefore, you should confirm it directly by visiting a doctor at the nearest health facility. With direct observation, or accompanied by follow-up examinations, for example ultrasound, x-rays, blood tests, biopsy, etc., doctors are generally able to know the best treatment for the lumps, soreness, and swelling. This treatment may be done by administering drugs or it could be surgery to remove the lump if needed.

Currently, you should treat pain and swelling in your neck and shoulders by compressing them with warm water. Do not over-massage or massage the neck and shoulder area to avoid worsening the condition. Sleep in the position that you think is most comfortable, not on the side of the body that is sore and swollen. First, limit excessive activities using the side of the shoulder and neck that is uncomfortable. You can also take paracetamol first to reduce your pain and swelling.

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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