I'm actually not sure whether this is a lymph node, or whether it is occipital for that matter, but after doing some research and asking around, it seems to be the case. It's right where the occipital lymph node actually is. It's rock hard and is buried deep in the back of my neck right under the hairline in line with the bottom of the ear.
It seems to have slowly grown in size, and I would have to guess 1"-1.5" in diameter, but it does not protrude from the neck, you can only feel it by palpation. I saw a doctor a couple weeks ago and all she said was an enlargement of my neck muscle, that's it. She tried feeling for 5 minutes be she couldn't find it. I'm just baffled by such a wrong diagnosis, I don't understand how you can't feel a hard-as-rock ball at least 1" in diameter in my neck?
Anyways, it was not caused by injury, I've had it for 6 months straight now, and it has slowly grown in size, and in time, it's getting more annoying. I find myself constantly rubbing and applying pressure to it, but nothing seems to help. I've seen 3 different massage therapists and a chiropractor and no luck so far. My last straw is a CRANIOSACRAL massage, but I can't even find anyone who does one.
I'm 20 years old, my diet is impeccable, I weight train and do plenty of cardio for at least 2 hours a day regularly, take a multi-vitamin, no drinking/smoking, etc. I'm in excellent shape.
I'm really desperate now, I don't know what to do. I am grateful for any advice. Thank you very much for any help!
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