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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

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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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...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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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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I have stiffness and pain at the base of my skull that's causing me headaches. What could this be?

I have stiffness and pain at the base of my skull that's causing me headaches.  What could this be?

Tension: If you are stressed, anxious, and tight you may have tension headaches. See your neurologist if stretching and over the counter headache products do not fix the situation. We use botox, Dysport and xeomin for muscle relaxing when it is severe and you have a migraine. If you have a low grade fever, virus or infection this can be part of the myalgias and arthralgias involved (aches and pains). ...Read more

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Headache with pain at the base of the skull, over-the-counter pain medal are not helping, going on for 4 days. What should I do?

Headache with pain at the base of the skull, over-the-counter pain medal are not helping, going on for 4 days. What should I do?

Go see your doctor: Most headaches that last this long are most likely due to muscle spasms from the neck or shoulder. Put ice on the back of your head and take 800mg of Ibuprofen every 8hrs not exceeding 3g. Do not take too much if you have stomach problems or history of stomach bleeding. If this doesn't resolve go see your physician. ...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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I've got a large flat round lump on the left side base of my skull. It doesn't move freely, not painful. Chronic headache and left side body pain?

I've got a large flat round lump on the left side base of my skull. It doesn't move freely, not painful. Chronic headache and left side body pain?

Lump on skull: You should have that checked out just because of the headache you are having. It maybe nothing serious, such as a cyst, but since you have developed headaches with this I would have it looked at. ...Read more

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What causes pain at base of skull and below ears on both sides? Not like a usual headache just pain.

What causes pain at base of skull and below ears on both sides? Not like a usual headache just pain.

Some thots: You might be having jaw issues, "TMJ", and dentist can assess. Neck problems could also cause pain in these areas. An X ray could reveal answer. ...Read more