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Could lumps at the back of head be the cause of pain?

My 71 year old mother is having pain to her head, right lower side on the base of head (back). Her pain started out as a light stabbing pain that has progressed to a sharp throbbing pain. The PA stated her right ear was clear. She is not having any dental issues either. She is currently at the ER, what test should be done in order to give proper diagnosis? In addition, she has two quarter size lumps to the back of her head. The lumps are sensitive to touch and but at are not warm to touch. Could this contribute to her stabbing pain?
Fri, 19 Feb 2016
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Dentist 's  Response
Hi Dear,

Welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern. As per your query you have lumps at the back of head . Well there can be many reasons for symptoms you mention in query like hematoma , abscess or boil . The lump can be allergic reaction from bite or infected from spider bite. The pain in right lower side of the head could be due to occipital neuralgia or migraine . I would suggest you to consult general Surgeon , Doctor may order CBC of Skull. Doctor may prescribe antibiotics along with anti inflammatory and vitamin supplement for quick healing and in case of insect bite doctor may also prescribe immunosuppressants. For now apply warm compresses and take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain . Do not put pressure on lump while sleeping . Doctor may also drain the lump or may recommend surgically removal of abscess . Doctor may also refer you to neurologist for headache.

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.

Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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