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In sinus pain in back of head?

In sinus pain in back of head?

Possible: As stated previously, sphenoid sinus problems can refer pain to the top or back of head. See an ENT doc for assessment. ...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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Headaches in the rear of my head?

Tendonitis/neuritis: Chronic pain back of head, occipital region, can derive from expanding mass within brain or from chronic tendonitis and/or neuritis in region of superior trapezium muscle insertions on occiput. Neurologists can effectively differeniate, prescribe, refer, treat. Local steroid injections into tender sites can be effective. Imo chronic irregular postures head & neck can be primary underlying cause. ...Read more

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Back of the neck and head skull pain?

Back of the neck and head skull pain?

From simple 2 seriou: There are many questions that would need to be asked to give idea what is causing this. It could be neck muscle tension, sinusitis (see my answer relating to referred pain), migraine, tension ha...If associated with sore throat and fever, meningitis. If worst pain ever got there, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or brain aneurysm. Anything suddenly new, or severe, in that area has to be evaluated urgently. ...Read more

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Experiencing headache and pain in the back of the neck?

Experiencing headache and pain in the back of the neck?

Cervical spine.: That combination of symptoms leads me to think you have cervical spine pathology. This can causer neck pain, of course, as well as a headache that arcs over the head, as if you were putting on a helmet from back to front. ...Read more

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Lump in base of skull neck and experiencing headache, what's wrong?

Possible: Localized spasm and inflammation of the muscle where it attaches to the skull due to persistent strain from poor posture or something completely different. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Feeling of earthquake in back of head, sometimes palpitations in back of head and legs?

Feeling of earthquake in back of head, sometimes palpitations in back of head and legs?

There is a thing: called "exploding head syndrome", which is a type of headache. It doesn't usually cause strange feelings in legs though. It seems possible that you just have a lot of anxiety about something, but nonetheless, with any severe headache and other unexplained symptoms you should probably seek a medical opinion. When you do, just describe the symptoms. Don't use analogies "feeling of earthquake". ...Read more

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What causes stiffness in neck and pain in back of head?

What causes stiffness in neck and pain in back of head?

Needs medical eval: Diagnosis of this and any medical condition really needs medical examination, it could simply be cervical or muscular, but whenever stiff neck occurs with new or different quality headaches further neurological testing may be needed. ...Read more

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Clicking in the ear, light headache near the top of my head, and light tension in the lower back of my head near neck - causes?

Clicking in the ear, light headache near the top of my head, and light tension in the lower back of my head near neck - causes?

May be: related to temporomandibular joint dysfunction. You should review this with your doctor and/or dentist, to make sure that if this related to bruxism(clenching your teeth) or malocclusion(misalignment of your teeth/bite) or other factors too. ...Read more

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Severe pain at the back of the head and neck?

Severe pain at the back of the head and neck?

Need more info: There can be many causes of severe head and neck pain. As such, these symptoms should be evaluated thoroughly by your primary care physician, neurologist or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist to identify the cause. Once this is determined then appropriate treatment(s) can be considered. i hope all goes well and that you feel better very soon. ...Read more

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Pain in the back side of brain?

Pain in the back side of brain?

How do you: know it is your brain and not the skull, overlying muscles and skin? Besides, I am not sure you have a real question. Looks like a statement with a question mark after it. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pains base of skull at the back presiding horrendous migraine and vertigo. What could cause this? What's at the back of the head?

Sharp stabbing pains base of skull at the back presiding horrendous migraine and vertigo. What could cause this? What's at the back of the head?

Occipital nerves: The occipital nerves are located in the back of the skull. It is a common procedure to inject numbing medicine around the occipital nerves to help prevent migraines or to treat prolonged migraines. ...Read more

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Headaches,pain base of skull travelling between shoulder blades, sensations in head, slight unsteady gait,pressure in head at front and neck,in a daze?

Headaches,pain base of skull travelling between shoulder blades, sensations in head, slight unsteady gait,pressure in head at front and neck,in a daze?

CervicogenicHeadache: is one of the most unusual headaches because the pain truly isn’t in the head. Cervicogenic headache is referred pain perceived in the head from a source in the neck. Treatments include blocks, physical therapy. Physical therapy and breathing exercises produce the best results. See pain management specialist for source of the pain treatment. ...Read more

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Fell, sharp pain in the base of skull?

Fell, sharp pain in the base of skull?

Ice application: If you have pain at the base of the head, try icing the area for a few minutes (5-7 minutes) and see if it helps. You will most likely benefit from tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen. If it is a severe headache with any other symptoms, contact your pcp. If you just sustained the injury, depending on the severity, you might even want to go to the er. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing sharp ice pick type headaches in the back of the head in the back right base of the skull which come and go intermittently.

I have been experiencing sharp ice pick type headaches in the back of the head in the back right base of the skull which come and go intermittently.

See your PCP: Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. See your PCP for evaluation, tests, imaging and treatment options. ...Read more

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Can muscle spasm in the neck cause ear ache and ache at the back of head?

Can muscle spasm in the neck cause ear ache and ache at the back of head?

Sometimes: Perhaps. May be TMJ. Ear pain, or sounds of cracking in the ears: ringing/popping sounds in the ears (tinnitus) or a sense of fullness in the ears. See TMJ expert if this sounds like you. ...Read more

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Sore neck/pain in the middle of my head at the top of my neck leading to mild headaches and ears popping. Any idea?

Sore neck/pain in the middle of my head at the top of my neck leading to mild headaches and ears popping. Any idea?

Neck strain: There are blood vessels and nerves running through the muscles of your neck and head up to the top. any type of strain on these muscles will affect and irritate these nerves causing a headache. Rest will help it as well as Ibuprofen taken accordding to directions and with food in your stomach. ...Read more

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Headaches in back of head stiff neck cold sweats and back pains are symptoms of what?

Headaches in back of head stiff neck cold sweats and back pains are symptoms of what?

Be checked.: While there are many very benign causes to what you are describing (such as cervical disc disease), i would recommend being checked. Although not real common, neck pain, stiffness, headaches and cold sweats could be a sign of some conditions which are much more serious, even life threatening such as meningitis. Be checked. ...Read more

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Cold pain in back of head?

Hmm...: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health, and.... You might know this. Cold/hot/electric/tingling are often descriptions when an injured nerve is the cause of the pain. The top nerve coming out of the spine goes up the back of the head and can give that symptom in degenerative cervical spine disease. or,Migraine, other degenerative spine..etc. ...Read more

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Moderate headache in eyebrows, back of head and neck. Tension headache? No bother symptoms. Feels like pressure. Also throbbing in nose and teeth.

Moderate headache in eyebrows, back of head and neck. Tension headache? No bother symptoms. Feels like pressure. Also throbbing in nose and teeth.

Yes, TTH: Tension type headache. Many patients feel as if they were wearing a tight hat or having their heads in a vice. The pain is of moderate intensity and does not worsen with routine physical activity. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the temples, cervical muscles (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.:see orofacial pain specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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~once monthly i'm uber tired and oversleep, awakening w/awful, throbbing headache @back of skull. Worse lying down or moving around. Is this migraine?

Arousal headaches: If you also have nausea probably is but is triggered by other things maybe sleep disordered breathing. There is a slight chance of tumor but need neurological examination to be of better help. Any projectile vomiting? ...Read more

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Can a tension headache at the back of the skull and a tender left side of neck be related to slight vertigo when moving head quickly? If not, ideas?

Can a tension headache at the back of the skull and a tender left side of neck be related to slight vertigo when moving head quickly? If not, ideas?

Tension-type: Headache can develop from episodic Headache. The clinical presentation of attacks. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles (neck), vertigo, dizziness as well as pain in the pericranial muscles. This condition must be professionally managed. Rec.: see orofacial pain/headache specialist. ...Read more

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Headaches in back of head near neck/skull, fullness in ears, achyness in jaw especially in morning, some vertigo, i can crack neck-which helps, what is ?

Headaches in back of head near neck/skull, fullness in ears, achyness in jaw especially in morning, some vertigo, i can crack neck-which helps, what is ?

Dont know.: Could be simply a misalignment in your neck since cracking your neck helps. The pain in your jaw- could be tmj. Consider several options: discuss with your regular doctor. Also see if there is an upper cervical chiropractor near you. Or craniosacral therapist. Neuromuscular massage can help as well to relax the small muscles that can cause pain. Acupuncture and chinese medicin can also help. ...Read more

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I get a very sharp headache at the top of my skull when i straighten back up after i bend over, not when bent over. Lasts 10 seconds, goes away. ?

I get a very  sharp headache at the top of my skull when i straighten back up after i bend over, not when bent over.  Lasts 10 seconds, goes away.  ?

See your doctor: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more

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If the base of his skull gets pressed (where spine meets skull), even lightly, my husband gets a headache for a few hours. Should we be worried?

If the base of his skull gets pressed (where spine meets skull), even lightly, my husband gets a headache for a few hours. Should we be worried?

Probably not: In the absence of previous trauma there's little with which to be concerned. Just to each side of the skull base are small nerve branches (one on each side) that can be a chronic source of headaches fir some people. This is termed occipital neuralgia. Obviously he has a very sensitive, irritable nerve(s). I'd just abide by 'consensus judgement' and avoid it. Cheers. ...Read more

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I have a large dent on the back of my skull and about a month ago I started getting bad headaches were I couldn't get out of bed. Need answers ?

I have a large dent on the back of my skull and about a month ago I started getting bad headaches were I couldn't get out of bed. Need answers
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Need an exam: I don't suspect that the dent is causing the headache but it would be advisable to have a physician exam that in person. As for the headache, it it's fairly consistent and new then again, a consultation with a physician is recommended because there are a broad range of causes for headaches such as tension headache, sinus headaches, migraines, neuropathies, muscle spasms and spinal issues. ...Read more

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I have headaches that start at the base of my skull in the cervical area of my spine what could be causing this ?

I have headaches that start at the base of my skull in the cervical area of my spine what could be causing this ?

Common problem: Exam required to differentiate cervicogenic headache due to muscular spasm vs more serious condition (uncommon). ...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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Back of my neck on the left side has been hurting for days pain travels up to the base of my skull & into the front of my head a bit. Is it a headache?

Back of my neck on the left side has been hurting for days pain travels up to the base of my skull & into the front of my head a bit. Is it a headache?

Muscular: It sound like it could be muscular in origen.The esternocleidomastoid muscle is the large muscle on the side of the neck and when is strain could give you the symptoms you descibe.Olso it could be due to pathology in the cervical spine, the pain you descibe does not seems to be radicular in origen(pinch nerve). ...Read more

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Does tension headache has anything to do with spine or skull problems?How can tension headache be treated?Thanks=]

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Does tension headache has anything to do with spine or skull problems?How can tension headache be treated?Thanks=]

Tension headache: A diagnosis of tension headache, strictly speaking, refers to headaches caused by stress and tension which result in muscle tightness and posterior head pain. Therefore, headaches caused by the spine would not be classified as tension headaches. As others have noted, the treatment of tension headaches would involve stress reduction techniques such as yoga, meditation, biofeedback, vacation, etc. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing sharp ice pick type headaches in the back of the head in the back right base of the skull which come and go intermittently.

See your PCP: Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. See your PCP for evaluation, tests, imaging and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a headache in the lower left part of my head where my neck and skull connect and it will not go away what is wrong? Nothing I do is working and no matter what i try it always comes back in the exact same spot each time the pain is unbearable when i

I have a headache in the lower left part of my head where my neck and skull connect and it will not go away what is wrong? Nothing I do is working and no matter what i try it always comes back in the exact same spot each time the pain is unbearable when i

Headache: From the location you are describing sounds like an occipital neuralgia from a pinched nerve. You might want to contact a neurologist or a pain management specialist for further evaluation and possible nerve block. Or the evaluation might be helpful for another source for the pain. ...Read more

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Female, early 20s, pain in lower back of skull on the right side, radiating down to the shoulder blade, causing constant headache for 3 days now.

Female, early 20s, pain in lower back of skull on the right side, radiating down to the shoulder blade, causing constant headache for 3 days now.

This is most likely-: -due 2 trap strain which leads 2 occipital HS's. They R 1 sided if strain is only R. Also, if U lye on Ur back they will B made worse due 2 pressure on the occipital nerve pressure. Ice, NSAIDS, & activity modification. If persistent C Ur PCP 4 eval. ...Read more

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I had a bad headache at base of skull, is my cerivical spine stenosis have something to do with it. What is wrong.

I had a bad headache at base of skull, is my cerivical spine stenosis have something to do with it. What is wrong.

See HA specialist: Most headaches are not caused by an issue within the cervical spine, but some a headache may be caused by a problem with the great occipital nerve. Another possibility is the subforaminal stenosis headache. See a headache specialist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more