I am interested in finding out if these hard painful knots on the back of my skull are worth getting checked out further. I would say they are in the area of the occipital. The left side is a little larger than a quarter, the right about the size of quarter. They are painful to touch. I get frequent migraines with bulk of pain on one side of the head or the other and the area of the knots seems to hold a lot of pain. I have TMJ pain occassionally. I always get some temporary relief from my headaches with intense pressure scalp massage. Massaging the area of the knots is very bad at that point. It feels more like bone to me, they don't shrink in size or grow from what I can tell. Haven't really paid attention to it, mostly curious as to why it hurts and if it could be related to my headaches.
I get frequent chiropractic adjustments and have grade 3 degeneration in the cervical spine, not sure which one.
I can't seem to find any info. except maybe its related to the sternocleidomastoid but don't understand why.
Any guidance would be great.
medications: 40 mg relpax for migraines, vivelle .75 for hrt