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What is the lump that I can feel on the back of my neck?

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Answered by

Zubair Mohammad

Medically reviewed by

Dr. K. Shobana

Published At April 23, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 19, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have a sore shoulder and neck. In the back of my neck, I feel a lump. I can feel it when I bend my neck forward and on my left side. I also get some burning sensation in my neck. Please help.

Answered by Zubair Mohammad


Welcome to icliniq.com.

What you described as a lump is C7 vertebrae. It is normally more visible than other vertebrae. It is appearing for you as a lump either because you are overweight or you have forward head posture or both. For burning sensation, pain and sore shoulders apply ice pack till the strong acute pain subsides and later you can do hot water fomentation. Once you start feeling better start with neck isometric exercises and stretching exercises. Get well soon.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Zubair Mohammad
Zubair Mohammad


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