So I have a number of problems that I'm told could be the cause of vasculitis. Like cancer, thyroid disease, rumethoid arthritis and osteoporosis. It effects mainly my main arteries temporal, carotid, aotric, the ones down my back. But it does effect every artery and vein at times. Ive had every single on become inflamed at one time even in my face and if barely touched I can feel it in my brain...very weird. Anyways. Ive been having a flare the past 2 days with the most painful (I mean the kind of pain that makes you want to walk into oncoming traffic) pain in the right side of my head, tempal, jaw. Im surprised I survived the night cause honestly it feels as if the artery in my brain with just rupture it hurts so bad and is so inflamed. After being up in tears all night and most the day (the pain comes on sudden and can just get SOOO much worse lasting days even weeks) I decided to eat a salad. Cause I need to eat healthy anti-inflammatory type foods. When I swallowed I got the most painful, sharp pain in my right (swollen inflamed) carotid artery. It hurt so bad it took my breath away. I was then unable to swallow for a bit or really catch my breath. Then it would finally ease up but then do it again. I had to stop eating afraid my carotid was going to rupture or that id choke to death. Never ever felt this pain before, not eating or swallowing any food. Any idea what could cause this? Wasn't sure if a pinched artery was possible or not. Its so tender and painful to the touch im scared to push on the spot that feels like maybe something oa stuck or pinched. There is no food lodged in my throat or anything. Any ideas? Or possible remedy to make it stop? Thank you!!!