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What causes occipital headache?

What causes occipital headache?

Several reasons: There are several reasons behind the occurrence of head pains ranging from genetics, muscle contractions, stress, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, trauma, and different medical illness. Occipital headache is a term used to describe headaches which start (or are referred from) in the occiput (base of the head) area. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Loud grinding sound in base of scull (neck) when turning head. Strong occipital headache. Have Ehlers Danlos. Is it chiari malformation? Other cause?

Loud grinding sound in base of scull (neck) when turning head.  Strong occipital headache. Have Ehlers Danlos. Is it chiari malformation? Other cause?

See your doctor : The grinding is generally a sign of digerati on in the facets, or neck joints. As an ED person, your ligaments which hold the bones in place are most likely lax, allowing excess movement. While,this could. Rear a chairing type malformation, I think arthritis is a more common answer. An X Ray will be telling ...Read more

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Can a hypertensive patient with controlled blood pressure have occipital headache during night while lying down??

Can a hypertensive patient with controlled blood pressure have occipital headache during night while lying down??

Certainly : Likely has no relation to ur BP. HA in back of head & neck, one thinks about Tension HA. Usually has musculoskeletal component, worse as day wears on, can b associated with stress. Stress reduction, massage,analgesics, and addition of muscle relaxers can b helpful. ...Read more

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Sometimes, i have occipital headache + eye pain upon waking/upon watching television, is that normal? the pain goes away after taking painrelievers.

Sometimes, i have occipital headache + eye pain upon waking/upon watching television,  is that normal? the pain goes away after taking painrelievers.

Not normal or ideal: Ideally if it were up to me no one would have headaches or eye pain. There are many causes that are possible, although in your case eye strain first springs to mind. Therefore, you should see an eye doctor also called an Opthamologist and also see a Neurologist for a thorough evaluation and examination which will likely include a MRI,for further evaluation of the headaches. Do keep us posted. ...Read more

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Can ehlher danlos make chiari symptoms worse. Occipital headache, dizziness, episodic tachycardia and blurred vision for 15 days. Also 15 episodes of syncope in last 2 weeks. All heart/blood normal?

Can ehlher danlos make chiari symptoms worse. Occipital headache, dizziness, episodic tachycardia and blurred vision for 15 days. Also 15 episodes of syncope in last 2 weeks. All heart/blood normal?

Evaluate chiari: The symptoms you report are most likely due to the chiari malformation. Your shoud see a neurologist and have an MRI and magnetic resonance angiogram to determine if the blood supply to the posterior circualtion of youi brain is being compromised by pressure from the chiari malformation obststructing the brainstem as it passes through the foramen magnum. ...Read more

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A few days ago, MRI showed small left occipital arachnoid. Should this be looked at closer for cause of sudden, first time headache?

A few days ago, MRI showed small left occipital arachnoid. Should this be looked at closer for cause of sudden, first time headache?

Yes symptom is new: Arachnoid cyst is an incidental finding. But this can be mistaken for a cystic tumor if no contrast was given. I would se someone. Since the headache is new. ...Read more

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Having a headache (occipital area) for 2weeks now. Always on the same spot, and feels like a throbbing pain that goes on and off. what causes it?

Occipital neuralgia: This is likely occipital neuralgia and pressing/tapping on the specific spot in the back of your head (occipital nerve trunks) may cause local tenderness, shooting pain, tingling along the back of the head and is supportive of this dx if present. Occipital nerve block helps to diagnose and treat this condition. Another possibility is cervicogenic HA (referred pain from the upper cervical joints). ...Read more

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Daily occipital headaches, pulse in head, pain at base of skull rt side, muffled hearing, dizzy looking. Causes

Daily occipital headaches, pulse in head, pain at base of skull rt side, muffled hearing, dizzy looking. Causes

Headaches: The cause of the headaches are variable. Inflammation if the occipital nerve, a pinched nerve in the cervical spine, TMJ disorder, and mastoiditis are leading contenders. See a headache expert to determine the type of headache and to develop a course of treatment. ...Read more

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What causes headache at back of head?

What causes headache at back of head?

Headache: This usually stems from tension in the muscles in the neck. They are attached at the back of the head, and usually give rise for a headache. Help with a warmed up towel, moistened and placed into the microwave for a short time can help a lot. ...Read more

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What would cause headache at back of head near base and head to feel very heavy and be hard to hold up straight?

What would cause headache at back of head near base and head to feel very heavy and be hard to hold up straight?

Headaches: Tension headaches are common in this area, but so are migraines which can affect the nerve that supplies this area. Try cold compresses, Aspirin or ibuprofen. Severe and unusual headaches in this area area a medical emergency and require immediate attention. ...Read more

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Can cleaning with bleach cause headache that gives me pressure in nose and back of head? What kind of he ache is that?

Can cleaning with bleach cause headache that gives me pressure in nose and back of head? What kind of he ache is that?

Bleach Headache: Depending on the concentration of bleach and the area you cleaned headaches can occur related to inhaling fumes and vapors. Please ensure that when you do use bleach the area is well ventilated. Use gloves and dilute the bleach with water. If the headache persists for over 5 hours seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Can stress cause headaches in back of head and make my lungs feel full?

Can stress cause headaches in back of head and make my lungs feel full?

Yes: Anxiety can cause a myriad of symptoms from the headache you describe, to stomach pain, chest pain, flushing, and so on. However, to be sure this is what is occurring you should visit with your primary care physician and have an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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My 45 yr husband is waking up at least once a week in middle of night w/headaches that are dull-ache towards back of head. Cause for alarm?

Cephalgia: What you describe are most likely tension headaches that are due to muscle contraction, but if the headaches worsen in either intensity or frequency then i would recommend you seek medical attention very quickly. You should talk over your concerns with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a sinus headache? Can it cause headache at the back of head?

What is a sinus headache? Can it cause headache at the back of head?

Sinus Headache: A sinus headache is a lay term that refers to head pain felt over the anatomic distribution of the sinuses, typically the forehead. Headaches in this location actually may have many causes and are not considered a major sign of sinusitis, though many lay people believe that they are. ...Read more

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Would looking down at a tablet for a couple hours cause a throbbing painful headache at the back of head and neck the next day?

Would looking down at a tablet for a couple hours cause a throbbing painful headache at the back of head and neck the next day?

Tablet neck.: Yes. Holding your head down at that tablet-using angle puts a tremendous strain on the neck muscles, which are charged with holding the head in that unnatural position. This will cause pain. ...Read more