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Experience:  Ophthalmology since 1994 with Retina sub-specialty interest
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I have tenderness to the touch on my scalp around my temple.

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I have tenderness to the touch on my scalp around my temple. I have noticed it for a few weeks. No other symptoms. I do have some arthritis. I have read tonight that it may be temporal arteritis. Should I go to the ER or can I wait to see a doctor in the am. Aim worried about my vision. I am not currently having vision problems but have read about the possible vision problems it can cause
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 1 year ago.

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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.

Does this make sense to you?

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