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Swollen lymph node on the back of my head??
« on: February 27, 2014, 05:24:11 PM »
I noticed that on the back of my head where there are two bony protrusions (one on the left and one on the right; I think this is normal anatomy because my boyfriend has them too) I have what seems like a swollen lymph node. I didn't even know you have lymph nodes in that area! But from what I  have seen online, it looks like it may be an occipital node. It's about level with my ear but not right behind it, more like on the back of my skull.
Has anyone experienced this before or know anything about swollen occipital nodes? It is tender and I just noticed it a few days ago. I am freaking out. I don't have any scalp infections or cuts on my scalp that I know of.
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Re: Swollen lymph node on the back of my head??
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 12:01:47 AM »
Yeah!! I had exactly that.. a tiny lump in the back of the neck. I went to the doctor, did an ultrasound which came back clear. It was an old swollen lymph node that never went completely back down to its original size. Mine was immobile but rather small and not really hard...

Hope that helps!!
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Re: Swollen lymph node on the back of my head??
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 01:44:28 AM »
Yes! I have this same thing on my left bony protrusion or whatever it is! I did not think you had lymph nodes back there but maybe you do! It freaks me out since it is not on the other side but it may just be normal, I am not sure
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Re: Swollen lymph node on the back of my head??
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 10:00:38 AM »
actually yeah you do have lymph nodes there... how weird right?
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Re: Swollen lymph node on the back of my head??
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 10:08:43 AM »
Lymph nodes are the worst for us with HA, lol.  It's a good thing that it's tender though.  Like hachiko said, some nodes can swell up and never return to their original size.  I have one in my neck that is bigger than all the other adjacent nodes but it was of no concern to the doc when I had them felt during an exam.  As long as a node isn't like a golf ball or something, I don't think it's much to worry about.
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