Severe swollen buldge in lower back

Patient : I do have scoliosis. As of 4 AM last night the base of my spine is swollen a good bit. I have a constant dull pain, bending forward or any movement moving that part of the back is completely unbearable. To sight, even had others look it is completely swollen, like a good 2 inches out. What in the world could cause this. It is not a cyst! It's more like the bone it's self is swollen.
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