I have had an increasing level of pain. Localized on the back left side of my head?

I have had an increasing level of pain. Localized on the back left side of my head. From the base of my neck rising to the base of the skull. From there it would spike to my eardrum or the upper back (yes) corner of my head. That corner has felt like I was hit with a club, very sore for a couple of weeks and has grown in size, (no swelling or visible redness). There has been some swelling all around the area which I have used ice and heat and that helped. My throat has a muscle soreness about half/center also has been difficult to swallow. The VA helps me and I am very grateful. Today they found a redness around the left eardrum and a little dampness on the drum. I was given an antibiotic for 7 days. I have taken 2 so far. In the last few hours the eardrum pain seems to have subsided but the pain on my head has grown. The area has grown in size to about 3″ and seems to be the scalp only. No other relief from pain is noticed. I am 65 and worked physically all my days so my back and all of my joints ach. We

Age: 65
Medications: Atenolol, terazosin, omeprazole, hydrochlorothiazide, aspirin 81

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Dr. Deepak Patel

Hello. it seems you are suffering from a viral or bacterial infection and the pain or lump is a consequence of the infection. Before taking any further steps it is important you continue with the full course of antibiotics. if the lump or pain does not resolve by itself, you will need to consult again to either extend your antibiotic treatment or get additional imaging done such as MRI to identify the exact cause of the problem.. Regards