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Neck Problem

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  • Posted By: jacobbos
  • January 20, 2008
  • 07:04 PM

I seem to have a lump in my right sternocleidomastoid or else it is simply asymmetrical with the left. Sometimes it causes slight discomfort and other times it seems to exert a bit on pressure on my throat which gives me a kind of light choking feeling; like something is caught in my throat. About a year ago I had a swollen lymph node on the underside of my chin coupled with a persistent swollen right tonsil that seems to get worse when I smoke or drink caffeine. I'm 31 yrs old, in relatively good health; except for the smoking which I am in process of quitting. What could this lump in the sternocleidomastoid be? What other symptoms do I look for should it be cancer? (The internet is woefully bereft of any information on this pertaining to the area of the neck with which I am concerned.)

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  • Exactly where is your lump? Did you go to the doctor when you had problems before? What did they say at that time? Do you have environmental, medication or food allergies?If at anytime, you have a choking sensation, you should immediately go to your doctor or the ER to be checked.Janet Lewis RN MSN
    Jankim9597 20 Replies
    • January 20, 2008
    • 07:10 PM
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  • The lump is in the mid-neck area; in the missdle of my right sternocleidomastoid muscle. I currently have no allergies, food or otherwise that I know. I did see my GP last year and a few times more recently. He gave me anit-biotics for the swollen tonsil which did not seem to work. The tonsil swelling seems to go up and down and some days so does the lump in the sternocleidomastoid. these annoyances seem to be at their least when I first wake up in the morning. I'm just really at a loss. I also went to a specialist about the tonsil and he said that my throat looked fine and was not worried too much as I did not have any other symptoms of cancer (lymphoma)...i.e. night sweats, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, etc....I hope this further info helps
    jacobbos 1 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 07:06 AM
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