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There are more symptoms then just scalp tenderness to point towards a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis.
If this is your only symptom, except for having The Evil Dr. Google scaring you half to death, I would not rush off to the ER right now as it is unlikely that you have this disease.
That being said, if you are having a lot of anxiety over this issue then going to the ER, having a complete exam and lab work such as CBC/C reactive protein and Westegen sed rate wouldn't hurt.
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