What Causes Lump On Front Or Side Of Neck?
Lump on front or side of neck can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose lump on front or side of neck, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "lump on front or side of neck" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
- Kali Mur Need
- Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Mercury Toxicity
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
recent body hair loss
frequent swollen axillary nodes
chest pain when breathing
slight diffuse bone pain
multiple swollen inguinal nodes
multiple painful inguinal nodes
back-of-neck lymph node problems
dizziness when standing up
... and more than 140 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of lump on front or side of neck:
|Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)
|Kali Mur Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
SIDES OR FRONT OF NECK: Do you have any swollen lymph nodes here?
→ Don't know
→ Often, but not right now
→ 1-2 lymph nodes swollen
→ 3 or more lymph nodes swollen
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no swollen cervical nodes, frequent swollen cervical nodes, swollen cervical nodes or multiple swollen cervical nodes, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Chronic Fatigue / Fibromyalgia Syndrome
|The lymph nodes involved in CFS are small, moveable, not tender and most commonly involve the neck, axillary region or inguinal region. A single lymph node that is very large, tender or immovable suggests a diagnosis other than CFS. Similarly, generalized adenopathy suggests a diagnosis other than CFS.|Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)
|As another one of its nicknames – glandular fever – implies, perhaps the most distinguishing mono symptom is enlarged glands or lymph nodes, especially in the neck, but also in the armpit(s) and groin.|HIV/AIDS
|Swollen, firm and possibly tender lymph nodes lasting longer than three months are a symptom of AIDS.|Hodgkin's Lymphoma
|Hodgkin's lymphoma may present initially as painless lymph node enlargement, especially of the neck and above the collar bone.|Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)
|Swollen lymph nodes in the neck have been associated with known mercury toxicity. Other sites reported include in front of the ear, under the jaw, and on the back of the neck.|Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
|The most common symptom of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is a painless swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin.|