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Dr. Ejiro Isiorho
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Burning Sensation (Definition)

A burning sensation can be descriptive of nerve pain, some variations of migraine, and even central brain problems after a stroke. Have heard this said associated with phantom limb syndrome, reflex sympatheric dystrophy, and trigeminal neuralgia. Other patients might say ...Read more


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What could cause a sharp burning pain on the back of the head?

What could cause a sharp burning pain on the back of the head?

Tension: The back of the head upper back is a typical location for tension headaches. If it is associated with other symptoms like double vison nausea or vomitting see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I woke up with severe burning pain in the back of me head and it's getting worse burning pain the is going down my neck?

I woke up with severe burning pain in the back of me head and it's getting worse burning pain the is going down my neck?

Pain: Any muscle spasms of head and tension can cause a pain of scalp muscle and neck muscle. Muscle relexant also cold and heat pack will help to control pain. ...Read more

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I have burning pain on the back side of my head causing my ear to hurt what could case this?

I have burning pain on the back side of my head causing my ear to hurt what could case this?

Headache: Some times, these symptoms are due to cervical spine nerve compression or facet joints arthritis. You have to consult a pain physician to be appropriately diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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What causes hot burning sensation in the whole back till the back of head..Could fibromiyalji be the cause or is there any other.What I do for relief?

What causes hot burning sensation in the whole back till the back of head..Could fibromiyalji be the cause or is there any other.What I do for relief?

Paresthesia: Paresthesia refers to a burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. The sensation, which happens without warning, is usually painless and described as tingling or numbness, skin crawling, or itching. Chronic paresthesia is often a symptom of an underlying neurological disease or traumatic nerve damage. ...Read more

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Hard ball on back of head with burning pain. What does this sound like?

Hard ball on head: A description alone cannot help you - you are best served by seeing a competent physician so that you may be examined - this way, a proper treatment plan can be made. ...Read more

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I have weakness to my 6th nerve muscle and the past week I've had burning sensation on top and back of head. Can this be related?

I have weakness to my 6th nerve muscle and the past week I've had burning sensation on top and back of head. Can this be related?

May or may not: Main issue is the cause of your Abducens palsy, and if you have inflammatory disorder of meninges due to any cause, the burning could be associated due to involvement of trigeminal or greater occipital nerves. If your N VI issue is congenital or post-traumatic, then there is NO relationship. ...Read more

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Burning sensation on lower back of head down my neck to the middle of shoulder blades?

Anti-inflammatory: Neck pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc in the neck. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for neck pain to refer to the head as well as shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause you to get a burning sensation at back of head and around just above the ears? This burning comes and goes.

Can anxiety cause you to get a burning sensation at back of head and around just above the ears? This burning comes and goes.

Possible but...: Anxiety can produce tingling, numbness, and other uncomfortable sensations. The burning pain you describe is not the most typical for anxiety and you need to have a physician rule out problems in your cervical spine, neck and upper back muscles, and occipital nerves. ...Read more

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Shoulder blade pain, clicking sore feeling for a yr. Burning sensation back of head and neck, what could this be?

Shoulder blade pain, clicking sore feeling for a yr. Burning sensation back of head and neck, what could this be?

Many possibilities: There are many possibilites. A pinched nerve can certainly cause neck pain, headaches, and pain that runs into the shoulder. Usually a detailed history, exam, and appropriate tests can establish the diagnosis. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Back of head hurts, hair follicles and upper shoulders. What's wrong? Seen neurologist. Didn't give me a diagnosis. burning pain.

Back of head hurts, hair follicles and upper shoulders.  What's wrong?  Seen neurologist.  Didn't give me a diagnosis. burning pain.

Difficult case: whatever little information gleamed by the neurologist may not be enough to secure a definitive diagnosis- isomtimes the problem may need to "blossom" before a diagnosis can be made- for example, if the sensation happens on one side of the body, this symptoms preceeds by about a say, the painful rash seen with the shingles . ...Read more

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Have I.I.H. upper spine/back of head/neck feel burning/pain. Sharp pains on head/in ears. Eyes burn/stab. pain. Face by eyes burns. Just a migraine?..

Have I.I.H. upper spine/back of head/neck feel burning/pain. Sharp pains on head/in ears. Eyes burn/stab. pain. Face by eyes burns. Just a migraine?..

Feels familiar?: Hi Elle, What you describe is not specific enough to say whether this is IIH or migraine. As a headache specialist, I see many patients with IIH who continue to have headaches despite optimal management of intracranial pressure with acetazolamide. See your neurologist if the headaches you have now are worse in the morning, associated with double/blurry vision or ringing in the ears. Feel better ...Read more

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I have neck pain, stiffness , burning sensation on right side of neck and back of head. I have Lupus and I take immunosuppressant. Mom has shingles.

I have neck pain, stiffness , burning sensation on right side of neck and back of head. I have Lupus and I take immunosuppressant. Mom has shingles.

Doubt infection: I doubt this is an infection. Shingles is caused by the chickenpox virus and if you've had chickenpox or had a chicken vaccination your risk of chickenpox is low. Shingles can occur at any age but especially is more common as we age. ...Read more

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Got an bone hard lump on left backside of head above the occipital bone with burning sensation there and on my neck and shoulders. Any ideas?

Got an bone hard lump on left backside of head above the occipital bone with burning sensation there and on my neck and shoulders. Any ideas?

Superior trapezius : The unifying symptom you describe is the broad region of discomfort. This muscle runs throughout the region you describe. Perhaps is spasm in this muscle with tendonitis where it connects to the occipital skull. Your signs and symptoms are odd, and you should see an osteopath to sort this out. ...Read more

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I have the burning and pain in the back of my head I wanted to know if it's got anything to do with my cuz I have type 2 diabetes and I want to do?

I have the burning and pain in the back of my head I wanted to know if it's got anything to do with my cuz I have type 2 diabetes and I want to  do?

Start with your PCP: Without a more thorough history and physical exam, my first suspicion would be C2 cervical radiculopathy, but a scalp and supplying cutaneous nerve disorder like early shingles must be considered, so a careful search for a rash would be important. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy would not be a likely consideration given the long nerves of the lower extremities being the more likely site of onset. ...Read more

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I have had a burning tingling pain on the back of my head left side 3 to 4 in away from my ear. Been happening for 6 yrs off and on.?

I have had a burning tingling pain on the back of my head left side 3 to 4 in away from my ear. Been happening for 6 yrs off and on.?

Occipital nerve: Most likely explanation for your symptoms is irritation of occipital nerve, a strictly sensory nerve supplying the scalp in back of the head. This nerve is frequently irritated by chronic muscle spasm secondary to emotional tension and/or anatomic difficulties in the upper neck. ...Read more

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What is this burning sensation in the back of my head?

occipital neuralgia: While several conditions could cause someone to have burning sensation in the back of the head, occipital neuralgia is definitely part of the differential diagnosis. Go get checked by a neurologist. ...Read more

Dr. Tim Conrad
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Burning Pain (Definition)

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