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Painful bumps on the scalp

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  • Posted By: daughtersrus
  • June 1, 2010
  • 01:11 PM

About a week ago, I noticed a lump near the top of my scalp that was pretty painful when touched. I figured it was an ingrown hair or something and it would clear up on it's own. Later that night, the bone behind my ear ob that side (mastoid I think) was sore to the touch as well. Two days later, the bone was even more tender and there were 2 others lumps on my scalp but smaller than the first so I headed to immediate care. The doctor there really seemed clueless as to what this could be or if the lumps and bone tenderness were related. She said that she didn't think that they were bug bites but gave me an antibiotic to take 4 times a day for 7 days. That was last Thurs.

We were away for the weekend and the pain got worse. The first spot is almost gone but there are others now. I'm also feeling pain inside my left ear as well as the left side of my throat is hurting. It's to the point that I really can't sleep because even the pressure on my head resting on a pillow hurts.

The weird thing is that although it's painful, when I'm not getting the sharp twinges of pain, it almost feels like that portion of my scalp is numb from novocaine.

Does any of this sound familiar? Maybe shingles?

I'm going to make some phone calls to doctors today as soon as they open but I'm sure that there's at least a few week wait to get into a dermatologist.

All of this these symptoms are only on the left side.



Thanks!

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  • About a week ago, I noticed a lump near the top of my scalp that was pretty painful when touched. I figured it was an ingrown hair or something and it would clear up on it's own. Later that night, the bone behind my ear ob that side (mastoid I think) was sore to the touch as well. Two days later, the bone was even more tender and there were 2 others lumps on my scalp but smaller than the first so I headed to immediate care. The doctor there really seemed clueless as to what this could be or if the lumps and bone tenderness were related. She said that she didn't think that they were bug bites but gave me an antibiotic to take 4 times a day for 7 days. That was last Thurs.We were away for the weekend and the pain got worse. The first spot is almost gone but there are others now. I'm also feeling pain inside my left ear as well as the left side of my throat is hurting. It's to the point that I really can't sleep because even the pressure on my head resting on a pillow hurts. The weird thing is that although it's painful, when I'm not getting the sharp twinges of pain, it almost feels like that portion of my scalp is numb from novocaine.Does any of this sound familiar? Maybe shingles?I'm going to make some phone calls to doctors today as soon as they open but I'm sure that there's at least a few week wait to get into a dermatologist. All of this these symptoms are only on the left side. Thanks!Did you ever get a diagnosis? I have all the same symptoms on the right side.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 29, 2010
    • 07:26 AM
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  • Did you ever get a diagnosis? I have all the same symptoms on the right side.I never got a diagnosis. They slowly went away and have not come back. I believe that it was shingles however the doctor that I saw wasn't convinced.I hope that you're feeling better soon!I have to say that it was the most painful thing that I have ever gone through including 3 C-sections and 2 other surgeries.
    daughtersrus 1 Replies
    • October 1, 2010
    • 01:35 PM
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