I have sent a reply but not sure if it went threw so sending again. It is in the area where you would commonly feel for the carotid artery. It is in the triangle of the side of the neck roughly paralel with the large neck muscle and descends from the area below back of jaw line. I could just feel not see it at start but was able to see lump about a year ago and noticed it was pulsing roughly 3 months ago. I also have started having pains in my right upper arm between elbow and shoulder, not in the joints, this has been on and off for a few wks. I saw a head and neck consultant about 15 mnths ago who sent me for an ulrasound scan which didn't show anything abnormal at the time. He told me i didn't have cancer and sent me away. I have been back to gp as pain and sensation of pressure in the neck area is very uncomfortable and worrying. I asked about vascular problems and was told i may have an enlarged carotid artery! Was referred back to same consultant who told me again i didn't have cancer but nothing else was done. I haven't seen anyone since which is about 5 months but feel like the bulge has slowly gotten larger since first felt roughly 3 yrs ago, the pain and sensation has definatley gotten worse and obviously it is changing going from a lump i could only feel to now being able to see it and also it pulsing. It is kind of sausage shaped. Heart disease runs in the family. I can honestly say I haven't felt fully well or free of symptoms for around 2 yrs and feeling very distressed by it but getting no where with gp. My bp has always been around normal but have noticed a light drop in the systolic pressure recently in both arms. This is with my own monitor as gp has never asked to take my bp.
ok, did you get the second one? It is roughly 4cm long and 1cm wide. It is firm but not like bone firm, nor is it soft so somewhere in the middle. The pulse is very obvious just looking at it in the mirror. When pressed the pulse can be felt very strongly.