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Just discovered what a mastoid process is. I had a sore

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Just discovered what a mastoid process is. I had a sore muscle in my neck, and felt these two rock hard, rounded structures behind my ears. My left one seems a little bigger than my right. In fear that these were rock hard lymph nodes, I saw my doctor today. He felt all around my neck (front, back, sides) and said no swollen lymph nodes. When I had him feel the "rock hard" spots he said it was part of my skull. Is it normal for one mastoid process to be slightly larger or more prominent then the other? It's just barely bigger, but I can feel a difference with my fingers. My left seems more prominent then my right. No symptoms of infection, and like previously mentioned, doc spent quite a bit of time checking lymph nodes, and said none were enlarged.
Dr. D.J. :

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Dr. D.J. :

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Customer:

Hello

Dr. D.J. :

Yes this can be normal.

Dr. D.J. :

Both sides of the skull may not be equal.

Customer:

So no need to worry? It kinda freaks me out, even though doc said no swollen lymph nodes.

Dr. D.J. :

This is due to the developmental reasons.

Dr. D.J. :

The bones may not proliferate at same rate when you grow up.

Dr. D.J. :

No need to worry.

Customer:

Ok, thank you again for the reassurance!

Dr. D.J. :

very welcome

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