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How can you tell the difference between a cyst and a bad muscle knot?

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A cyst is a fluid [or pus] filled sack that is round, has a well-defined edge to it. It can be red, sore & hot [when infected], and develop a 'head' [like a boil]. There are sebaceous cysts along the hairline in the back of the head and neck, in the arm-pit and upper chest/back areas as well as in the pubic areas. They contain dead skin cells and oil from the oil gland [in which they originate]... The oil & skin cells are professionally referred to as'desquamated epithelium and sebum [hense, 'sebaceous' cyst]... A muscle spasm [knot] is rarely round... and is more eliptical --or long-- in shape. Is never hot or fluid-filled and has a poorly defined edge [border] to it. It is usually 'sore' to palpation [when pushed on] and when you are relaxed it can usually be moved side-to-side, and becomes less-so when you tighten the muscles in the area... Also the soreness increases when the muscles in the same area are tightened...

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