have a very sore hard lump at the base of my skull on the left side right next the tip of my spine , doctor thought it might have been infection and prescribed antibiotics. These do not seem to be working and the lump sees to be getting bigger. Feeling huge pressure from the back of the head. Any ideas on what this may be
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Though it is very difficult to diagnose a lump without examination, I will try my best to list the possibilities and explain how each lump is diagnosed. In some people the occipital bone at the back of the skull has a protuberance. This is a normal finding. Another normal finding is a protruding spine of cervical vertebra due to bad posture. The other possibilities are a cyst, a neurofibroma (localized harmless swelling in a nerve), lipoma (localized collection of fat), a swollen lymph node, an abscess, or folliculitis (hair follicle infection). It can also be an acne. Rarely is it a bony tumor like osteoma. I think you should discuss these possibilities with your doctor. Of these lymph nodes, abscess, acne, folliculitis, infected cyst, and neurofibroma can be painful. Take care!
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