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A 52-year-old female asked:

My tension headaches seem to be accompanied by knots in the back of my head. why is this ?

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Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Muscle spasm: Tension headaches are associated with muscle spasm. When you feel the knots, it is a sign of muscle spasm. Try warm compresses or massage. You may have injured your neck which is causing the muscles to spasm. Try massage therapy.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Do you think these are tension headaches if they start in the back of the head?

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Dr. Gary Kilgo
Specializes in Neurology
Possibly: Tension can create muscle spasm in the neck and scalp. This tightness causes pain. The other possible problem may be irritation of the occipital nerve which causes pain at the back of the head/neck. I advise my patients to identify what triggers the onset of tension and look for ways to relieve it or at least decrease it. Prolonged periods of work without breaks is a common source of tension.

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Last updated Jan 4, 2014

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