Seattle, WA
A 30-year-old female asked:

Would a brain tumor headache make your head sore to touch when pressed? feel tender spots and intermittent pain in back of head on one side, sometimes goes up to ear and temple. going on for a year several times a month. normal neuro exam but no mri

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Tumor: A brain tumor is protected by the skull and wouldn't be tender to the touch. Your symptom is highly suggestive of a pinched occipital nerve which exits the neck at the base of the skull and travels up the scalp, behind the ear and toward the temple. Consult a neurologist and appropriate testing and treatment will be obtained.
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