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Neck pain with lump on back of neck

mb62024mmb62024 Posts: 1
edited 01/28/2016 - 7:51 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have suffered with low back pain for a little over 3 years. For the past few weeks/months my neck has been bothering me. The pain in my neck feels like a nerve is aggravated and sometimes the pain is serve but isn't constant like my low back. I noticed about a week ago I have a lump on the back on my neck. The lump is approximately one to two finger widths from my hairline. The lump is hard and goes across my c-spine with the majority of the lump to the right of the c-spine. Any idea what this may be from? Anyone with the same issue? Past or present?

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  • Svrefibro@40SSvrefibro@40 Posts: 2
    edited 01/31/2016 - 8:26 AM
    I am 42 yrs old and have severe fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed @ 40 and I can tell you that every question that I've read so far has happened to me in the last 3 years.
    I did have a 3-4cm "lump" on the back of my neck right in the beginning of the diagnosing phase of the Fibromyalgia. My PCP noticed it, didn't. Anyway I went through steroids, anti inflammatory meds, etc. My neurologist dismissed it as stress.
    Long story short, I had an MRI of my brain and there was an obvious "lump" pressing against my cervical vertebrae. But because the MRI was of my brain, that was the report that was sent out. Nothing mentioning my neck. I always get a copy of the discs and the reports for myself.
    So I saw it on the disc. Later down the road, when I saw Rheumatologist, he requested the discs too, THANK GOD. So he saw what I saw.
    Did another MRI and it wasn't there. It had moved. I know my body and I'm my own best advocate! Get that checked out!
  • Hi I'm sorry to hear of your pain, its very hard to get by each day wherever pain is. I had pain in my head at the back of my right side in my skull, it the went into my neck and became chronic and I also had a lumpy part that was hard always, my trapezius and scaline was always hard too. I tried everything and saw all kinds of doctors who just said well its just migraines. I knew what migraines felt like and this was different, pain on the right side and in my arm turned into hell, it got to nearly a year and I had had enough. the amitripilyne I was given stopped working and I felt like a tired zombie, pain killers didn't work anymore. I did one last search and came across a site that was talking about the atlas bone, I had no idea what is was but looked anyway as I was desperate. it showed people talking on video about how their, back, neck,head,hip pain and more even Fibro, was caused by this one bone at the top of your cervical spine being misaligned. it happens in birth and can happen in accidents like car crashes fall ect. anyway I went to see a atlas profilax trained lady and she did this massage on my neck where the muscles were holding the bone in place, and the tool makes them relax so it slides back into place.
    I am 2 weeks after treatment now and I have no head pain no migraine no  throbbing neck or lump. it has saved my life.
    I'm not saying this is what defo may be causing your pain but it is a big likely! have a look on the net yourself and read about atlas profilax (which is rare to be heard of by specialists) and see what you think. its not expensive 180 pound which to me was nothing to get my life back.
    mri scans do not show this bone out of alignment and this is missed by profesionals plus they do not have experience. chiros will say they don't touch the bone and if they do, I would not let them touch it as they are aggressive treatments. this is non avassive.
    I can breathe better, see clearer walk straighter sit and my posture is upright now. so many changes for having such a tilted body all my life just because of a small bone that is suppost to hold your head on straight but in many of us doesn not : )

    beccy x
    I wish you all the best and hope you get an answer
  • ukqwertyukqwerty Posts: 26
    edited 02/17/2016 - 2:39 AM
    Hi, with mentioning... I thought I had pulled a hamstring and also had lower back pain, this was about 6 months prior to my disc rupturing in my neck. It also caused a bulge on the back right hand side, not a hard bump though. Fast forward and post my correctional surgery, my leg /back pain has gone! I guess what I'm trying to say is, even though I read and spoke to alot of Drs, none connected the two.

    Good luck
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