| | Lump on my neck
I have had a lump on the back of my neck for about 3 years, that will not go away. It is about 2 finger widths lateral to my spinal collumn on the right side, just below the hairline. I went to a doctor when I first noticed it and, and he sent me to a specialist. She checked it out and assured me that it wasnt a tumor, which relieved me. She told me it was a swolen gland, and that it would go away on its own. well its been three years and its still there. It doesnt hurt, but it is a little sensitive to palpation, feels like maybe its compressing a nerve root. I am starting to think that it may be a muscular issue instead of a gland, becuase at times I can feel it pull the back of my neck when i get really tense, and I occasionally get headaches that origniate in the back of my head. I have also had pain in my scapula when I get really tired and stressed for several years, the pain is achy and then turns to numbness, leading me to believe that these two problems might be related. I have recently been to my doctor again, and he told me that he thought that I needed an evaluation from a physical therapist. The only problem is that my insurance company will not cover physical therapy, unless a debilitation occurs. Mere discomfort is not enough. My doctor told me to try some hot packs and then some neck extension exercises and some sidebending exercises. These have not really helped me, and at times I feel like that the area is more swolen after I do the exercises. So does anyone have any helpful tips to help me deal with the problem.