I have been having pain in the lower back part of my head and my upper neck, the base of the skull. When I feel around the area, it feels larger on the left (where there is more pain) as compared the the right. Could this area be swollen? What could cause that? I just read about myofacial pain, but am unclear if that would include swelling. I am going to see a rheumatologist on monday for unrelated reason. Would she cover such a question? I am so used to getting treated as though I and my vaugue/strange symptoms are crazy by drs, I am trying to get a grasp on what is going on and how to best "present" it to the dr, so to minimize such a response. So sad that we must deal with those issues, but they are realities. Thanks for any help you can give.