Head bone's connected to what now?
June 3, 2011 10:26 AM Subscribe
Am I just stupid about neck anatomy or are these neck lumps abnormal?
This may well be a really stupid question - but here goes. Directly below the jawline, about halfway between the chin and the back of the jaw on each side, I feel two symmetrical bumps. They're very firm and they lift up when I swallow. They aren't really visible at all externally. Are these lymph nodes? Bones? Muscles? I noticed them because one of them seemed a little tender a few days ago, although that's totally gone now. I had a minor infection a few weeks ago, but nothing lymph-nodey like that since. If these are lymph nodes, I assume I should go to a doctor? I don't mind going at all - I just would rather prefer an unknown internet commenter to a doctor if the answer is just "Those are bones, you ponce."