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Do you think these are tension headaches if they start in the back of the head?

Do you think these are tension headaches if they start in the back of the head?

Possibly: Tension can create muscle spasm in the neck and scalp. This tightness causes pain. The other possible problem may be irritation of the occipital nerve which causes pain at the back of the head/neck. I advise my patients to identify what triggers the onset of tension and look for ways to relieve it or at least decrease it. Prolonged periods of work without breaks is a common source of tension. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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My tension headaches seem to be accompanied by knots in the back of my head. Why is this ?

My tension headaches seem to be accompanied by knots in the back of my head. Why is this ?

Muscle spasm: Tension headaches are associated with muscle spasm. When you feel the knots, it is a sign of muscle spasm. Try warm compresses or massage. You may have injured your neck which is causing the muscles to spasm. Try massage therapy. ...Read more

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I have painful tension headaches starting at the back of my head near my neck. What could possibly be the cause of that?

I have painful tension headaches starting at the back of my head near my neck. What could possibly be the cause of that?

You said it: The most common cause of tension headache is--tension. If you have no neurologic symptoms and your neck is sore / stiff this is the most likely diagnosis. How is your emotional state? How well do you deal with stress? But if neurologic symptoms besides pain are present, see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Cspinesyrinx pregnant eds3 pots. Past 4 days tension headache neck and back of head on& off. Feelslike pressure when i go up stairs and stand up.Worry?

Cspinesyrinx pregnant eds3 pots. Past 4 days tension headache neck and back of head on& off. Feelslike pressure when i go up stairs and stand up.Worry?

Common in pregnancy: While it sounds like your situation is complicated with back /spine related issues, headaches in pregnancy are actually common. This should not be assumed to be normal, though, and should be addressed with your ob/gyn. You do not specify how far along you are and headaches can also be related to complications such as preeclampsia. Call your doctor! ...Read more

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I have had a tension headache for the past hour now it's gone but I feel light headed and and feel my pulse in the back of my neck and back of my head and I have insomnia and anxiety could that have anything to do with those feelings I'm experiencing?

I have had a tension headache for the past hour now it's gone but I feel light headed and and feel my pulse in the back of my neck and back of my head and I have insomnia and anxiety could that have anything to do with those feelings I'm experiencing?

Tension headaches: need to be evaluated by your doctor and the same goes for the other symptoms you mention to rule out medical conditions. If this is an anxiety disorder you can see a clinical psychologist to learn some stress management techniques. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Hi i have had dull pain on the left hand side at the back of my head it started as neck pain and it has been 2 days could it be a tension headache?

Other possibilities: By and large tension headaches are defined as headaches which extend about the WHOLE headaches while other types of headaches such as migraines typically show up only on 1 side. Other possibilities such as cervical column osteoarthritis can radiate upward into the head at times. If you'd like to chat 1-1 about this please set up an appointment with me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Tension headache back of neck and head for 2 days in early first trimester pregnancy. Isthis normal? Hot shower help while in shower back wheniget out

Tension headache back of neck and head for 2 days in early first trimester pregnancy. Isthis normal? Hot shower help while in shower back wheniget out

Tension headache: Tension headache is usually moderate intensity, bilateral, squeezing and can last from 30min to 7 days. Usually not accompanied by any features but may have sensitivity to light or sound not both and no vomiting or nausea. During pregnancy alot is on your plate including stress which is a major player in tensin headache. Aleve (naproxen) and rest, practice breathing excercizes, go to dawnbuse.Com for help. ...Read more

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I have neck pain, tension headache along the back of my head, ears keep plugging, and nauseated. I was given keeler (1xqid) 2 days ago for serious uti?

I have neck pain, tension headache along the back of my head, ears keep plugging, and nauseated. I was given keeler (1xqid) 2 days ago for serious uti?

What is keeler ?: Tetracycline can trigger Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (headaches that are worse on reclining associated with blurred vision due to an imbalance of Cerebrospinal fluid production / resorption). If Keeler is tetracycline you need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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I have a what feels like tension headache, pain in the lower back of my head that radiates outward towards my ears. When I shake my head back and fourth it feels like swishing in the center of the lower skull. This is the 4th similar headache in maybe a m

I have a what feels like tension headache, pain in the lower back of my head that radiates outward towards my ears. When I shake my head back and fourth it feels like swishing in the center of the lower skull. This is the 4th similar headache in maybe a m

Tension headache: has qualities that set it apart form common and classic migraine: Typically it evolves slowly over hours. (VS minutes for migraine) There is often a band like constricting quality. Sleep does not help (as with migraine) I suggest you try butalbital and massage therapy, and if that does not work consider seeing a headache specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tension Headache (Definition)

Tension headache is a condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Stress Headache (Definition)

Stress headaches are caused by stressful situations that ...Read more