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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches: Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as:
- when did it start?
- how often do they happen?
- are they getting more frequent or more painful?
- how long do they last?
- what does the headache feel like and can you point to it?
- does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day?
- what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache?
- have you had any big life changes?
- how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising?
- are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much?

Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes skull and neck pain no injuries?

What causes skull and neck pain no injuries?

Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and/or shoulder pain. ...Read more

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What causes pain in skull bones?

What causes pain in skull bones?

Painful scalp!: Usually transient periostitis of the skull, most frequently seen in psoriatic arthritis patients. Should respond to nsaids. Called painful scalp syndrome! ...Read more

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What can cause a thick skull?

What can cause a thick skull?

Pathologically: Several diseases including but not limited to Paget's Disease and Acromegaly...
Psychologically it means a stubborn individual
eg "he was a thick skulled brute"

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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What might cause my pain at the base of the skull?

What might cause my pain at the base of the skull?

Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more

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What could cause your skull to feel like it's caving in on the top?

What could cause your skull to feel like it's caving in on the top?

Pagets Disease: You may be feeling the effects of scalloping of the bone in your skull or it may just be a subjective feeling from having the wrong kind of pillow. ...Read more

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What causes my skull to feel like something is crawling but nothing is there?

What causes my skull to feel like something is crawling but nothing is there?

Formication?: Formication is the sense that something is crawling on your skin. It has many possible causes: menopause, Morgellon's Disease, allergies, skin cancer, syphilis, diabetic neuropathy, Lyme Disease, Herpes Zoster, pesticide exposure, mercury poisoning, alcohol withdrawal, medication /drug use such as: amphetamines, cocaine, Adderall or Ritalin (methylphenidate). ...Read more

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What might cause my pain at the base of skull?

What might cause my pain at the base of skull?

Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more

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What could cause extreme pain at the base of the skull on the right side?

What could cause extreme pain at the base of the skull on the right side?

Muscle or headache.: Neck strains - from poor posture, whiplash or vigorous exercise can cause muscle strains that you feel at the base of the skull (that's where some neck muscles attach). Certain types of headaches can do this as well. I'd try some Ibuprofen or alleve and see if it improves. If you start having blurry or double vision, nausea, or fevers, i'd see your doctor right away! Cheers! ...Read more

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What Exactly causes Loss of Skull Mass? I researched and couldn't find it

What Exactly causes Loss of Skull Mass? I researched and couldn't find it

Depends on finding: Various conditions can result in loss in the skull mass. Systemic disease such as Paget's disease of the bone, bone destruction is much quicker than bone deposition, lead to loss of skull mass. Multiple myeloma, and myeloproliferative conditions can cause punched-out lesions in the skull. Other causes can include: renal osteodystrophy, osteomalacia, amyloidosis, and others, depend on findings. ...Read more

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I bashed my skull on the freezer door a few years ago. I have a dent in my skull. Would this cause any problems later on?

Go see your doctor: If your skull has a dent, you should get it checked by your doctor. But it takes a severe injury to create a dent in the skull and you will have a big bruise or hematoma on top of the skin. If you do not have any swelling on scalp, it is unlikely you have dented the skull. But if you want to be sure, you should get a check up by your doctor as there is risk of bleeding (hematoma on the brain. ...Read more

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What causes headaches at base of skull?

What causes headaches at base of skull?

Arthritis: Cervical spine arthritis, among others, can cause such headaches. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Try to look for a pattern, when do they start, any activities that triggers them, etc. ...Read more

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What are air bubbles at the base of your skull caused by?

What are air bubbles at the base of your skull caused by?

There should not be: Air bubbles at the base of your skull. If you would resubmit your question informing us as to what makes you think you have air bubbles at the base of your skull (example, injury; something seen on x-ray) maybe we can clarify this for you. ...Read more

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Could an old skull injury cause current headaches and other symptoms?

Could an old skull injury cause current headaches and other symptoms?

Yes it can: Posttraumatic headaches can be either tension headaches or migraines and any injury where the skull was actually injured can cause these types of headaches. Postural changes related to aging can cause delayed start of these post-traumatic headaches as well. ...Read more

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How do you cause and reduce the indentation on the top of a newborns skull?

How do you cause and reduce the indentation on the top of a newborns skull?

Indentation newborne: If your question is about the soft spot. That is called anterior fontanella which is open at birth and closes by the time the baby is 9 month old. If you are asking for a different indentation, you have to refphrase your question as to where exactly the indentation is on newborns head. ...Read more

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Falls are a leading cause of death among the elderly. Do they remove part of the skull in them?

Falls are a leading cause of death among the elderly. Do they remove part of the skull in them?

Yes.: Sometimes with a head injury the brain will bleed and a large clot is formed (hematoma). This can cause neurological symptoms that may necessitate removing part of the skull to remove the clot and relieve the pressure. Sometimes the bone can be replaced and some people have plates put over the area. ...Read more

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Hi! My friend has developed some small things on his head (skull) they look like dry warts. What is the cause n how can it be treated.

Hi! My friend has developed some small things on his head (skull) they look like dry warts. What is the cause n how can it be treated.

See a physician: Warts are caused by the HPV virus. There are many medications and alternative treatments that work. They also can be removed by a Dermatologist if needed. But before you consider self treatment be sure to have the involved area examined by a physician to be sure you are not dealing with a precancerous actinic keratosis or squamous cell cancer. ...Read more

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For about two consecutive days every month I have a pain on the left side of my upper neck / base of my skull. Any idea what could cause this?

Difficult to answer: It is difficult to assess what could be causing your symptoms without more detail as to the nature of your pain including description, duration, exacerbating events, and additional symptoms. Plus, the non-consistent nature and seemingly non-progressive nature of your symptoms makes it further difficult. I would suggest making a virtual appointment for a more in-depth conversation of visiting PCP. ...Read more

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Woke up this with pain on the part of the skull right above where the spine joins. What could have cause this pain? Is it because of the pillow?

Woke up this with pain on the part of the skull right above where the spine joins. What could have cause this pain? Is it because of the pillow?

Could be: May be related to either an irritated nerve called the occipital nerve, or a dysfunction at the atlanto-occipital or atlanto-axial junctions causing a pinching pain. If it does not go away, see your physician for a quick history and physical with treatment options. ...Read more

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I can feel this lump at the base of my skull on the right. I've been able to feel it for a couple of weeks but it hasn't caused any pain whatsoever.?

I can feel this lump at the base of my skull on the right. I've been able to feel it for a couple of weeks but it hasn't caused any pain whatsoever.?

Lymph node: It is likely a lymph node. Check it about once a month and if it does not get bigger, do not worry. Cervical lymph nodes may become palpable for reason as simple as dandruff. Wash your scalp frequently, daily shampoo will be okay. ...Read more

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What Factor's causes Bones (Skull) to shrink?

What Factor's causes Bones (Skull) to shrink?

Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis, typically happening in late adulthood can cause bones to "shrink", but not specifically the skull. ...Read more

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What causes the male skull to be thicker with more dense bone?

What causes the male skull to be thicker with more dense bone?

Genetic development: This probably reflects genetic destiny and prehaps the effect of testosterone. As men in general are more prone to be physically active and involved in physical encounters, the thicker skull may serve a protective measure. ...Read more

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Lytic lesions on skull, what causes them? Also, I do I need to see a bone specialist?

Lytic lesions on skull, what causes them? Also, I do I need to see a bone specialist?

Yes: Lytic lesions can be associated with cancer. Other reasons include metabolic or hormonal problems. You need to get this checked out. ...Read more

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What can cause headaches at the base of skull and tingling and pain all over the body?

What can cause headaches at the base of skull and tingling and pain all over the body?

Fibromyalgia: 25 y fem. With "headaches & tingling & pain all over". Anxiety & hyperventilation can evoke such symptoms. A general medical evaluation with a primary care doctor is needed to rule out systemic disorders. If no specific findings, then Fibromyalgia becomes a consideration, and a Rheumatologist's evaluation might be helpful. ...Read more

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About a week prior to my cycle I start having headaches that get progressively worse until cycle. Base of skull and back are affected. Cause?

About a week prior to my cycle I start having headaches that get progressively worse until cycle. Base of skull and back are affected. Cause?

Hormonal: If headaches occur with every cycle in the same way then they are more than likely caused by hormonal fluctuations which are a normal part of the cycle. There are many options available to treat this some, as easy as taking over the counter headache medications, and sometimes involving hormones or other meds. ...Read more

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It has to do with migraines. Can or do they cause lumps on your skull, I've notice since my migraines started over the years the middle of my head has?

It has to do with migraines. Can or do they cause lumps on your skull, I've notice since my migraines started over the years the middle of my head has?

Lumps: I don't believe migraines will cause lumps on your skull. Visit a dermatologist to determine if those lumps are sebaceous cysts. ...Read more

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I have a weird feeling in the top left of my head. I can feel it right under my skull, not painful but dull. It causes a painful ache when I bend over?

I have a weird feeling in the top left of my head. I can feel it right under my skull, not painful but dull. It causes a painful ache when I bend over?

Possible Migraine: You have described a headache and based on your description it is difficult to ascertain a true cause. It is possible that you are describing a migraine which is more painful when you cough or bend. It, however, could be something more ominous such as a tumor. I would followup with a physician and get a more indepth history and physical and possibly imaging to evaluate. ...Read more