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I have a swollen vein in my scalp, leading from the middle

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I have a swollen vein in my scalp, leading from the middle of my ear to the top of my head. It is very tender to touch all the way along the vein. I noticed it 2 days ago.

I am 40 and worried about Temporal Arteritis. Though I have read it is unlikely, so what else would cause these symptoms?

I have also been experiencing night sweats for the last 6 weeks, and have been diagnosed with an enlarged spleen.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

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it could be from vasculitis.

Dr. David :

you might need to use warm compresses on it and NSAIDs to help decrease inflammation

Dr. David :

you are right temporal arteritis is rare.

Customer:

is vasculitis of the temporal artery different from temporal arteritis?

Dr. David :

yes.

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vasculitis is a more general inflammation of a vein.

Dr. David :

you should get it examined by a doctor

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and you might benefit from an ultrasound of the vein.

Dr. David :

you can always get a artery biopsy of your temporal area to check for temporal arteritis.

Customer:

ok, so this doesn't sound like an emergency?

Dr. David :

not an emergency.

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but do follow up with your GP doctor for evaluation

Dr. David :

and try some cold compresses on the area

Dr. David :

and advil or aleve and see if that helps.

Customer:

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Customer:

I have taken asprin

Dr. David :

I see

Dr. David :

make sure you have food in your stomach when you take aspirin

Dr. David :

you don't want to take it on an empty stomach.

Customer:

OK I will. Thanks for the advice.

Dr. David :

you are welcome

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best of luck to you

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let me know if you have other questions.

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Customer:

Finally - I had a neck massage the day this started, possibly related?

Dr. David :

yes.

Dr. David :

massage and rubbing of the area can cause redness and tenderness of the vein.

Customer:

it was more lower in the neck to be honest, this vein is above the ear

Dr. David :

any scalp massage?

Customer:

no

Customer:

OK

Customer:

many thanks for the time dr david

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you are welcome

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good luck

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let me know how it goes

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