Hey everyone! So for the longest time I’ve noticed a hard non-visible lump just behind/under my earlobe and behind my jawline. In between the mastoid bone and the jaw bone. Anyone with ES have this? I’m really worried it could possibly be a parotid tumor as that’s also a possibility. But I’m really hoping it’s just my styloid process poking against my nodes or something causing them to feel hard. I’m 24, male, exercise regularly. My symptoms are occasional pain on that side of the face/jaw area, tinnitus that will last for a few moments then go away, and some slight pain in my ear sometimes. Went to the doctors, they seem to be unconcerned but I mean when there’s a hard lump in my body, I’m going to panic a little. I have an ultrasound set for December 7th.
Also, something weird I noticed last night. While laying down on my right side (the side the hard lump is on), if I feel my left side below my ear while in this position, it also turns very hard and is identical in shape and feeling as my right side. But if I change positions, the left side goes back to being soft and movable again. Where as the right side, no matter the position it seems, will stay hard. So that’s why I think it’s possibly something to do with my anatomy causing my right side to be permanently like that no matter the position, and for my left side to change when I lay on my right side.
Is it possible it could be the styloid bones causing the hardness in that area? I’ve read of a few people whom that ended up being the case for and was hoping it was that rather than a parotid tumor. Looking forward to any replies, thank you!