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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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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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6 months ago a 5 lb rubber mallet fell on my head still pain base of skull neck pain upper spine pain numbness major top right foot minor other limbs?

6 months ago a 5 lb rubber mallet fell on my head still pain base of skull neck pain upper spine pain numbness major top right foot minor other limbs?

Yeah...that'll smart: You may be suffering from the residua of POSTCONCUSSIVE syndrome (PCS). I don't know how you were at the type you got hit...for example, from what height did that hammer come down? You could calculate the amount of Force that you took on the head and neck using F=ma but I think seeing your doctor for a referral to a neurologist for possible PCS and management would be a good idea. ...Read more

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Weird head pain base of skull with dizziness. Nodolor doesn't help. Neither does ibuprofen.

Weird head pain base of skull with dizziness. Nodolor doesn't help. Neither does ibuprofen.

Occipital neuralgia?: The diagnosis of on is entirely dependent upon history and physical examination. There are no specific laboratory and radiological tests to confirm the diagnosis. The tenderness of the greater occipital nerve, and the characteristic clinical presentation, the relief of symptoms with local anesthetic blockade is usually considered diagnostic.
Rec. See orofacial pain specialist or neurologist. ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Overuse syndrome: Several thoughts, all of which need you to see your regular physician. The training and competition especially with swimming necessitates repetetive motion. Your muscles and fascia have nerves that can become irritated and could require an injection at the base of your head. Occipital neuralgia can easily be diagnosed by a neurologist or physiatrist (rehab specialist). ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

PERHAPS DISC?: Sounds like more than a cervical strain. You may have suffered a disc displacement, but you could have cervical spondyolosis, or even some issues in the proximal brachial plexus. Suggest evaluation with either a md or do physician, and perhaps some films of the neck. ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

MUST c physician : Base of skull is protecting crucial part of your upper spinal cord and portion of your posterior brain, cerebellum, basal ganglia. Stop any movement or manipulation of head and neck, and see physician immediately. Since you will need imaging of cervical spine, probably best to go orthopedist, spine specialist, or er. Get advise from ur primary physician first. This may be more than neck strain! ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

MUST c physician : Base of skull is protecting crucial part of your upper spinal cord and portion of your posterior brain, cerebellum, basal ganglia. Stop any movement or manipulation of head and neck, and see physician immediately. Since you will need imaging of cervical spine, probably best to go orthopedist, spine specialist, or er. Get advise from ur primary physician first. This may be more than neck strain! ...Read more

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I am experiencing neck-stiffness turning my head pain at the base of my skull?

I am experiencing neck-stiffness turning my head pain at the base of my skull?

NECK STIFFNESS: If not associated with fever or projectile vomiting, it can only be muscle strain or torticolis. Try taking advil or tylenol, (acetaminophen) warm compress over your neck, if persistent see your md. ...Read more

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Localized, recurring head pain back right aside of head near base of skull. Nausea. Some dizziness. Sound like anything bad? Massage didn't help

Cervicogenic HA: Cervicogenic headache is a strictly unilateral pain provoked by neck movement or by pressure on the neck. These headache patients usually had a reduced cervical range of motion in association with the headache that was often located in the orbital and frontal areas.
Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a right vad from subclavian artery to base of skull. I suffer severe neck & head pain esp from exertion. Mri's show my left artery is getting bigger. Will l ever be ok? Can any dr help me?

I have a right vad from subclavian artery to base of skull. I suffer severe neck & head pain esp from exertion. Mri's show my left artery is getting bigger. Will l ever be ok? Can any dr help me?

MRA: This is a complex case and must be followed by a neurosurgeon with routine MRI and mra stdues. This is a subspecialty issue and quite complex. Get a neurosurgical consultation. ...Read more

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Having sharp pain between back of left ear & base of skull. Does not seem muscular, painful to the touch, paired with headache...not a typical one.?

Having sharp pain between back of left ear & base of skull.  Does not seem muscular, painful to the touch, paired with headache...not a typical one.?

Mastoid area: The area you described is where the mastoid air cells are. These air cells can become infected and cause discomfort much like a sinus infection. You need to be seen to determine if it this problem especially if you are having fevers. ...Read more

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Have IIH. Forehead headache/eye pain, neck and base of skull feel puffy and stiff. Seeing Dr. next week for new med. Can I do something in meantime?

Have IIH. Forehead headache/eye pain, neck and base of skull feel puffy and stiff. Seeing Dr. next week for new med. Can I do something in meantime?

Yes!: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension, formerly called benign intracranial hypertension or pseudotumor cerebri, is most often caused by obesity. It can also be caused by certain medications. So you can review your medications against an online list of those meds that cause the condition. Take a list of your meds to your appt. Begin a diet and exercise program starting with eating less and walking. ...Read more

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Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm. Ana +, scl-70 +.

Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm.  Ana +, scl-70 +.

Obtain brain &cspine: Consider obtaining a brain and cervical spine MRI to evaluate for possible cause coming from the spine or the back of the head.all migraines deserve one Brain MRI and an evaluation of triggers for the Migraines by a neurologist. ...Read more

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I have two painless lumps in the back of my head at base of skull. Started with one small one, then a bigger one right below. Should I be concerned?

I have two painless lumps in the back of my head at base of skull. Started with one small one, then a bigger one right below. Should I be concerned?

Need evaluation: Lumps in this area can be infections, fatty tumors, enlarged lymph glands, or sometimes cancerous. Please have your internist check them out. ...Read more

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Stiffness in upper neck, base of skull. I've had it for about 2 months, can not find any relief. Stabbing pains +can hardly move head?

Stiffness in upper neck, base of skull. I've had it for about 2 months, can not find any relief. Stabbing pains +can hardly move head?

Myofascial: This could be many things, from a simple sprain strain to myofascial neck pain to occipital neuralgia. Would advise you see a physiatrist or neurologist, who will determine first whether you need a ct scan of the head done, based on the severity and pattern of your headaches. ...Read more

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Sharp pain on top of right side of head closer to the middle. Tender to touch. Also, radiates through middle of head to the base of skull.

Neuralgia: This sounds like neuralgia which is an irritable superficial nerve in the scalp and usually clears without specific therapy. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen may help. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen, however. ...Read more