I am a 27 year old female. Smoker (though trying to quit), but normalish health wise. For about 3 months now I have noticed a pain, right in the soft spot at the top of the jaw, directly behind my ear lobe. When it started it was infrequent and lasted only a few minutes and was only mildly annoying. Now it happens every day, pretty much all day, though it is worse at night. It is a pulsing/stabing pain. When it's happening I press hard on the area and try to "massage it out" but it doesn't help. It pulses painfully for a few minutes, then stops, then starts again a few minutes later. About 3 weeks ago I developed a sore throat (which has not gone away), extreme fatigue and nasal congestion. That took me down for a solid week, but the fatigue and nasal congestion have gone away, leaving only the sore throat (which is worst at night and upon waking). In the last few days my jaw has become stiff and is painful when I "open wide". The sore throat is on the opposite side of the jaw pain. I am going to go to the Urgent Care on Monday, but I am hoping someone can shed some light on what all of this might mean. Help?