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Wife has swelling at the base of neck where the shoulders

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Wife has swelling at the base of neck where the shoulders start. No fever, no known injury, no redness. But does have pain nad affects head mobility. She does suffer from bercitis in right shoulder.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Victoria replied 9 years ago.

I would like to get a little more information.

Is there only swelling or can you feel a "lump" of any type in the area as well? If so, is it hard, can you move it around to some degree beneath the skin or is it more like a really tight muscle "knot"?

Is the swelling more toward the back or front aspect of the neck-shoulder junction or more on the side? Is the swelling really obvious or more subtle in that you have to make a point of looking for it or feeling the tissues to notice?

What kind of pain is associated with it - dull ache, soreness, no pain except on certain movements or activities, etc?

Had she been sick in the weeks prior to its presentation? Does she notice any soreness of the throat, more effort associated with swallowing, unusual fatigue, etc.?

Which neck motions are limited?

Thanks for your patience in responding to all these questions.