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Knots on "back" of head

My son is 16 and has two hard and small knots about half the size of pennies just below the base of his skull.  They are off to side and in approximately the same location.  He has a third knot on the back right of his skull about the size of a quarter.  This knot feels as if he bumped his head pretty good and seems to be right on the rounded area where the base of his skull stops and the back of his neck begins.  They came up rather suddenly with just mild discomfort, but when he went to bed this evening he was in noticeable pain and could not sleep.  All three were fairly painful on palpation (approximately a 6, perhaps a 7, on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst.  He has never had these before and came up rather suddenly.  The pain, he says, was noticeable but tolerable throughout the day until he laid down to go to sleep.  Something that is perhaps noteworthy is that his younger brother, 13, currently has the chickenpox.  What could these knots indicate and is it possible they are related to coming down with chickenpox?  The son with the knots has no visible lesions indicating he is getting the chickenpox which he has not had before.  He does not have vision or balance problems.  What do you think?
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