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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Scalp Tenderness

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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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What could cause a womans scalp to tender in the crown region only during her menstrual cycle?

What could cause a womans scalp to tender in the crown region only during her menstrual cycle?

Muscle tension: Muscle tension and myofascial pain will refer to the crown of the head. Hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle may be leading to increased muscle tension. ...Read more

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Why does thunder now cause post-concussion headache & tender scalp for me? What does this mean?

Why does thunder now cause post-concussion headache & tender scalp for me? What does this mean?

Muscle contraction: Concussions often make people increasingly sensitive to sudden loud noised such as thunder. The thunder is making you anxious, triggering a muscle contraction heaache. ...Read more

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Can a tension headache cause your scalp to be so tender it hurt to brush hair?

Can a tension headache cause your scalp to be so tender it hurt to brush hair?

Absolutely: Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can range in severity from mild to severe and last from a few minutes to days. Affected area is usually skull region and/or neck. When headache occurs, muscles covering the scalp and neck spasm causing pain. Since muscles are located just under the scalp, it can be painful to the touch. Usually responds to over-the-counter pain meds. ...Read more

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Help! Could stress cause tender spot on scalp?

I don't know about: Having one specific tender spot. However, I have seen some people who have such severe tension headaches that their scalp muscles are sore to the touch. ...Read more

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Can menopause cause you to have a tender scalp?

Can menopause cause you to have a tender scalp?

No.: There is no evidence that reduced estrogen causes tender scalp. Consider seeing a dermatologist for this. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic tension headaches when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

What can cause chronic tension headaches when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

Could be occipital: Occipital neuralgia is a condition that may cause tenderness on the back of the scalp. It is a little different than a tension headache- the source and treatment are different for example. An injury or problem with the neck is a second possible cause.

Tension headache can last this long however and may also be the cause. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes chronic tension headache when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

Can anyone tell me what causes chronic tension headache when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

Chronic Tension-type: Headache can develop from episodic tension-type headache and the resultant headache is considered a chronic form. The clinical presentation is similar to episodic tth except for the increased frequency of attacks. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles as well as the pericranial muscles. ...Read more

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I, have high BP but controlled. Been having pains in head and scalp is tender at crown, also bouts of lightheadedness. What could cause this? Ty

I, have high BP but controlled. Been having pains in head and scalp is tender at crown, also bouts of lightheadedness. What could cause this? Ty

Depeds!: It is unlikely that the controlled BP has anything to do with your headache and lightheadedness at your age the chances are that no serious disease exists, however if the headaches become progressive and severe you must see your md. ...Read more

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Woke up having a visual aura. I had a cyst removed from my scalp yesterday with stitches. Scalp very tender and painful. Could that have caused aura?

Woke up having a visual aura. I had a cyst removed from my scalp yesterday with stitches. Scalp very tender and painful. Could that have caused aura?

Aura=a mental&brain: Behavior/symptom, not a physical body alteration which any current technology or physician can measure or track in currently available ways. Thus all about educated guesses based on limited understanding of embodied Soul↔Mind↔Brain↔Body creatures sending >million orders/sec brain to body with similar feedback. Thus most symptoms&events=educated guesses. Individual history, diagnostic skills = key. ...Read more

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Scalp pain with tenderness to touch and swollen scalp too what is the cause? I'm very worried

Scalp pain with tenderness to touch and swollen scalp too what is the cause? I'm very worried

Get it evaluated: You are much too young for temporal arteritis so there must be another cause. It is likely a local problem but see a doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more

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Stabbing pains in left ear and sore, tender scalp. Almost unbarable! What could be the cause.

Unbarable (!) PAIN: Possibly an outbreak of shingles? Get it seen & if so medicine will help dramatically if early enough ...Read more

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Can a severe dry scalp cause pain and hair loss? Hair falling out in clumps and my husband said my scalp looks dry and flaky. Scalp feels tender

Can a severe dry scalp cause pain and hair loss? Hair falling out in clumps and my husband said my scalp looks dry and flaky. Scalp feels tender

See a dermatologist: How long since delivery? Nursing? Any meds or vits not listed? Blood TSH and T4? Begin with a diagnosis by a skin specialist. Telogen effluvium is common after delivery. Skin and hair changes related to estrogen/ progesterone changes can be considered. Seborrheic dermatitis, infections, psoriasis, LE, and other diagnoses demand a skilled exam and evaluation to sort it out and begin specific thera ...Read more

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My scalp is tender and sore and I have bad pressure in my head, nose, face and eyes. Doctor said it's not sinuses. What could be the cause of this?

My scalp is tender and sore and I have bad pressure in my head, nose, face and eyes. Doctor said it's not sinuses. What could be the cause of this?

Sound like Sinusitis: Your symptoms are consistent with sinusitis or sinus headaches How long have you had your symptoms? What other symptoms are you having? What makes it better or worse? What did your doctor say it was? I would try ibuprofen / naproxen. If your symptoms persist, I would seek medical attention for a second opinion. Take Care! ...Read more

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What can cause a sore scalp with or without headache? It happens sometimes but goes away after a day or so.

What can cause a sore scalp with or without headache? It happens sometimes but goes away after a day or so.

Scalp/skin disorder: Perhaps a scalp disorder such as dandruff or psoriasis. have a dermatologist examine it. If it's not the scalp itself then it's likely a headache ...Read more

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Ihave been told I have psorissis on my scalp they said it would be itchy but not sore mine is pain ful and also causes headaches?

Psoriasis: Psoriasis can be sore, especially if there is a superimposed bacterial infection. Please see your dermatologist. You may need a bacterial culture done and some antibiotics in addition to psoriasis treatment. ...Read more

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Dr said subconsiuos on scalp large sore for over 5 years on 2 meds for msybe life time what may have caused this and why did it look like shingles?

Dr said subconsiuos on scalp large sore for over 5 years on 2 meds for msybe life time what may have caused this and why did it look like shingles?

Several causes: Chronic sores on the scalp can be due to a variety of causes. Shingles can occur on the scalp, but wouldn't last for 5 yrs. Shingles often start as painful red bumps which then scab over, then eventually the scab falls off. Skin cancer (basal cell) can also appear the same way, but the skin never heals. Lupus can also cause scabbed lesions on the scalp that never heal, and need meds for life. ...Read more

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Can tension headache cause sore spots on scalp?

Not really: It depends on what you are describing as a tension headache, and the characteristics of the pain and location. If the pain is over the area of the "sore spots", you may have a herpetic outbreak in your head that is causing pain. I.E. Shingles. If pain is generalized, it's probably coincidental. ...Read more

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I have bein diagnosed with straightening of the neck. Can this cause sore scalp and dizziness?

Neck Straightening: Several conditions, from congenital disorders to poor posture, may cause the head to move out of its natural position. With torticollis, or wry neck, the muscles on one side of the head spasm, causing the head to twist to one side. With kyphosis, the muscles on the front of the neck pull the head forward. In many cases, these conditions may be corrected with surgery, but exercises can also help. ...Read more

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Top of head feels sore. It feels like my muscle underneath my scalp flares up every evening. Best I can explain. Please advise possible causes?

Top of head feels sore. It feels like my muscle underneath my scalp flares up every evening. Best I can explain. Please advise possible causes?

Anxiety?: A very common reason for scalp tenderness without any associated skin changes would be anxiety-induced scalp muscle tightness. This could involve any part of the scalp but often involved the temples, the back of the head, & the neck area. OTC acetaminophen, or OTC NSAID meds like ibuprofen or naproxen, or applying cool compresses can be helpful. ...Read more

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Pink, raised, mole on my scalp since I was young It’s never caused me problems or been sore always remained smooth 2 days ago scabbed over got worse?

Pink, raised, mole on my scalp since I was young It’s never caused me problems or been sore always remained smooth 2 days ago scabbed over got worse?

See doctor: The change you described in the mole warrants an evaluation and you should see a doctor. Discuss if the lesion should be excised and tissue sent to a pathologist for examination.
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Sinus infection cause my scalp to be sore?

Sinus infection cause my scalp to be sore?

Yes: Yes it can, I would recommend drinking plenty of water and try using saline nasal spray, decongestants, over the counter pain relievers, and possible antibiotics. ...Read more