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I have started having scalp tenderness with my headaches. It is only on my right side. Also, the headaches are one sides from behind eye to brow line.

I have started having scalp tenderness with my headaches. It is only on my right side. Also, the headaches are one sides from behind eye to brow line.

Your question is...?: You are describing very typical migraine headaches and very common associated scalp tenderness. You already know your headaches are migraines because you take triptans. Whoever is treating your migraines should be knowledgeable enough to answer these questions. If not, you may need a higher level of care: e.g. a neurologist instead of just a PCP. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Had psoriasis for years &very mild on back of scalp. 3 weeks ago I noticed small hard lump one side back of head/neck lymph node. Related? Not tender

Had psoriasis for years &very mild on back of scalp. 3 weeks ago I noticed small hard lump one side back of head/neck lymph node. Related? Not tender

Already there?: If it's not growing it could be a scarred lymph node from a previous infection that went unnoticed. To be safe have it checked out. ...Read more

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My scalp is sore only in one spot, it has a yellow fluid oozing out and some red. My neck has an itchy burning rash on the same side?

My scalp is sore only in one spot, it has a yellow fluid oozing out and some red. My neck has an itchy burning rash on the same side?

Shingles?: Please see a doctor. It sounds like you may have shingles, and medicines can reduce symptom duration and prevent complications. You may have a bacterial infection called impetigo. This would require a special prescription ointment. Only a medical provider can tell you for sure. ...Read more

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One sided facial twitch progressed to right lower eyelid twitch; sore on the right side of scalp has grown over the past few months; feeling of pressure at back of right eye?

One sided facial twitch progressed to right lower eyelid twitch; sore on the right side of scalp has grown over the past few months; feeling of pressure at back of right eye?

See doctor now: You need to see your doctor now (or ER) since this sounds like a serious condition which needs immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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My scalp is tender to the touch in some spots on the left side of my head. Why could this be?

My scalp is tender to the touch in some spots on the left side of my head. Why could this be?

IT DEPENDS: Scalp that hurts could be due to an inflammatory process of the scalp due to diet, stress, hormonal imbalance, bacterial or fungal infection. Do you have redness of the scalp? Pimples? Oily scalp? Flaking? Crusting? Bleeding? There is something called temporal arteritis which is a diagnosis that we would not want to miss. Please see your physician for a physical exam and history. ...Read more

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Couple of days ago noticed tender scalp area left side. Today noticed larger area and swelling. Having frequent headaches?

In your temple?: Is it in the temple area? You can have inflammation of the small arteries in the temples that cause pain. You can also have irritation of superficial scalp nerves that cause pain as well. See your doctor to find out what's going on. ...Read more

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Why is one part of my scalp tender to touch? Only a light touch hurts if, not a pressing one so I think it's only my scalp that's affected

Shingles?: If this is new (a day or two), and if the tender area is only on one side of your scalp (i.e. tenderness stops at the midline and doesn't extend to the other side), be on the alert for red bumps that would soon turn to blisters and sores. It could be shingles, i.e. a localized recurrence of the chickenpox virus (if you weren't vaccinated and had chickenpox as a child.) See MD if any doubt. ...Read more

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I am experiencing scalp tenderness to touch, It is only In one particular area. Could it be due to the way I wear my hair or anything else?

I am experiencing scalp tenderness to touch, It is only In one particular area. Could it be due to the way I wear my hair or anything else?

Scalp tenderness: Is it near the ear or temple? Any rash? If so, please see an M.D. sooner rather than later to rule out inflammation or early shingles of the scalp, face. Otherwise, it can be due to injury, pulling hair too tight etc. ...Read more

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Pain in head on right side radiating from tip of forehead to scalp. Tender to touch and head throbs. Pain gets severe when lying down. Please help!

Pain in head on right side radiating from tip of forehead to scalp. Tender to touch and head throbs.  Pain gets severe when lying down.  Please help!

Headache: Need more info about your age and the headaches. But generally possibilities are sinus headache, migraine. If you are younger in age and like to think of temporal arthritis if somewhat older. But increase water intake and see your PCP so a proper evaluation can be done. ...Read more

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Tender&Painful to touch lump on lower left side of scalp, headaches, itching and night sweats?

Tender&Painful to touch lump on lower left side of scalp, headaches, itching and night sweats?

Lump: Please start with a clinic visit to your primary doctor. If she/he can help — great. If not you will be referred to a specialist.
Please let me know how this works out. ...Read more

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All on my left side, the top of my scalp is very tender to touch and I'm getting sharp shooting pain in the top to middle of my ear. I'm also feeling?

All on my left side, the top of my scalp is very tender to touch and I'm getting sharp shooting pain in the top to middle of my ear. I'm also feeling?

Neuropathy?: We need more information. My first thought is a neuropathy, or a localized myofascial pain syndrome. You need to have your physician evaluate you for these possibilities. ...Read more

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Scalp tenderness on top right side of head for few days. Seems like it could be radiating into my ear, but ear irritation very minor at the moment.

Neuralgia: This could be due to irritation/inflammation of a superficial scalp nerve, if it's not due to an irritated/inflamed scalp muscle or skin. See your physician for evaluation if the discomfort persists or worsens. In the meantime, nsaids like ibuprofen may relieve the discomfort. ...Read more

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Mild pain in left ear that gets worse with very quick shard stabbing pain on top/left/back side of head, along with extreme tenderness in the scalp?

Many causes: This could be an ear infection, mastoiditis, pinched nerve, shingles or other causes. You will need to see a doctor to determine what is causing this. If pain is severe or you have fever, stiff neck, vomiting, numbness or weakness, or other worrisome symptoms, see a doctor today. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have lumps under my jawline on both sides that are pea sized and similar but sore lumps on neck behind the right ear tender bumps on scalp with scab?

I have lumps under my jawline on both sides that are pea sized and similar but sore lumps on neck behind the right ear tender bumps on scalp with scab?

Infection: It sounds like you are developing small lymph nodes. These often form in response to infection. It would be best to see your doctor for an evaluation of your scalp and ear to try to find the source of infection so that it can be treated. ...Read more

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Have scalp tenderness on right side along with ptosis of r eyelid, frequent headache which are worse behind and around right eye. Also, pupils diff size?

Have scalp tenderness on right side along with ptosis of r eyelid, frequent headache which are worse behind and around right eye. Also, pupils diff size?

Go to Doctor or ER: You need an evaluation to find out why the Right eyelid is drooping and the pupils are constricted. You might have Horner's syndrome which can be caused from multiple conditions including CVA, tumors etc. Get evaluated today! ...Read more

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I have a shooting pain in right ear, a sore throat on same side and the top of my scalp is extremely tender to touch. Also, a slight pain in neck below?

Pain: It is possible you have otitis media, have a doctor check your inner ear canal for infection. If so start antibiotics like cipro (ciprofloxacin) otic drops for 1 week to 10 days. ...Read more

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Left side of scalp sore hurts why?

Need more informatio: There are many possibilities. You say you have high blood pressure. How high? This could be one cause. Did you have any trauma? Need a better history. See your doctor for a complete evaluation ...Read more

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I have headaches on the right side and my scalp is sore and sometimes numb?

I have headaches on the right side and my scalp is sore and sometimes numb?

Occipital neuralgia : Occipital neuralgia. The greater occipital nerve runs between the muscles of the neck and provides sensation to the scalp behind the ear and up to the back of the head. When the muscles are in spasm, headaches and numbness occurs. The pain is relieved with massage, physical therapy, and injections of the occipital nerve. Sometimes a pinched nerve in the neck (C3/4) can cause similar pain. ...Read more

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My scalp is always sore, in more than one area and I am always having spastic "brain pains", what could it be?

Many possible causes: Causes may include electrolyte abnormality, anxiety, headache, or an underlying structural problem (injury, overuse, sedentary lifestyle), etc. If the spams persist, see your physician. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000063.htm ...Read more

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Hi doctors, if one has a brain tumour, will the hair and scalp be sore to the touch? Thank you

Hi doctors, if one has a brain tumour, will the hair and scalp be sore to the touch?
Thank you

If your worried: You have, brain tumor will not produce those symptoms unless has one and getting radiation. See your doctor if you are worried will examine you if needed get you brain scan. ...Read more