What is this Lump on my neck?

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Hello everyone, I have a lump on my sternomastoid muscle for the past 8 years now ( I first noticed it when I was 13years old ) I’m now 21. I recently decided to look into it because I noticed it started to get bigger and then smaller in size. It does not hurt nor is it movable.

I visited a ENT specialist last week and upon physical examination of my neck only, and comparing both sides he says he does notice the lump and it feels quite full but he doesn’t think it is something to lose sleep over, but we should do further testing to find out what it is. He then sent me a referral to go do a ultrasound on my neck which I went today 11/02/2021 and I’m now waiting for them to send the report to my doctor to go over results.

The ultrasound technician also shared the same opinion as the ENT specialist. She doesn’t think it is anything to worry about however, it is most definitely a swollen lymph node but most likely it is just my body fighting off an infection of some type. (I have not been sick in that past 6 - 9 months nor have had any teeth problems or dental surgery) so that sits kind of odd with me. What can it be fighting off?

With all that being said I don’t feel these opinions are exactly right just because if it’s as they say nothing to worry about then why has it been there for so long? Is that normal? What questions should I ask my doctor?

Please share your experiences and opinions below as I’m looking for answers.

I would also like to add a few symptoms.

I sometimes get rare sharp shooting pains in my chest, very fatigue, any type of physical activity wares me out. Sometimes when I close my eyes I feel dizzy and as if I’m going to faint and my heart starts beating super fast? I also get night sweats a lot.

These pictures are taken a month apart you can easily notice the difference in size.image

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