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A 25-year-old female asked:

stabbing sensation on and off in back and side of head what could it be?

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
A few things: More information is required. You may be experiencing a migraine headache, a tension headache, a blood vessel issue, an eye issue, jaw joint issue or a neck issue. Please see your md to have a full evaluation.

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What do I do about clipper bumps at the back of my head?

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After my haircut today I discovered I've got some bold spots on the back of my head. How come?

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A 38-year-old member asked:

I fell in the tub, I have a lump on my head near the back. Should I put ice?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What is this bumpy area in the back of my head?

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Dr. Charles Davant
Family Medicine 49 years experience
Occipital protuberan: If it feels like part of your skull and like a bone it's probably the occipital protuberance and you just noticed it. If it's softer, sort of rounded and seems to be connected to your scalp it's probably a cyst, called a "wen" in the old days. Show your doctor--we like to see lumps anywhere but breasts or testicles since they are seldom serious.

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