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    Hard lump on mastoid process
    mikeb1986 posted:
    I have had a small(about the size of a pea) hard lump behind my ear for over a year now, I believe on the mastoid process if i have my skeletal anatomy right. It is usually painless, however on occasion there is a dull pain in the area. I went to my family doctor when I first noticed it, he said it didn't seem like anything out of the ordinary and told me to take over the counter pain killers when it hurt. The lump is still there and still occasionally hurts. Should I get a second opinion? I have an unfortunate history of misdiagnoses (told I had migraines when it was viral meningitis, and was told I had heart burn when it was Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome). I don't want to seem like a worrywart, but would like to know what you think.
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    As you know, I have no way of seeing or feeling this lump over the Internet, so you will need to get a second opinion -- from someone that has the ability to examine you first-hand.

    It could be a postauricular lymph node...some can become hard and calcify; lasting a long time.

    It could be a sebaceous cyst.

    Get it checked out, my friend.

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