Hello, I have a couple of small lumps in my neck. One of them has been there for awhile and my doctor thought it was a lymph node that didn't shrink down after being inflamed. I have developed a second lump on the other side of my neck that is about the size of a pea and is a little firmer than the first one. I don't have any colds or obvious infections that would cause this.
I am an avid weight lifter and workout 5 days a week (have been doing this for over 10 years consistently). Some of the exercises I do are very heavy and involve the upper back and neck. Could heavy weightlifting cause strain that would cause small lumps like this to occur? I have an appt. with my doctor in a week, but after reading about lymph nodes and their causes I am very concerned.
Lymph nodes or cysts would be the most common cause. I am unsure if weightlifting has anything to do with it.
I would ultrasound the lumps for a more definitive diagnosis. If they are persistently enlarged lymph nodes, a biopsy can be considered to exclude cancer.
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