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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 to find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some 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 regard 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

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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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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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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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 (incobotulinumtoxin a) 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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If I have a severe headache at the base of my skull, is this different from the other types of headache?

If I have a severe headache at the base of my skull, is this different from the other types of headache?

Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, 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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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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Left side base of skull feels pressured and causing headaches. Help?

Left side base of skull feels pressured and causing headaches. Help?

Need consultation: Many headaches that are not able to be diagnosed are caused from TMJ and muscle dysfunction. Consult with a dentist that treats a lot of TMJ patients for an evaluation. ...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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Why would I have a headache at the base of skull where neck meets on the sides just off center?

Why would I have a headache at the base of skull where neck meets on the sides just off center?

The following may be: If a quite focal headache over the back of skull, could be occipital neuralgia, perhaps there is a problem in your neck such as a facet arthropathy, or a disc rupture. Perhaps this is a muscle contraction headache or even an atypical migraine. See your doctor, get examined and even get imaging studies. ...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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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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My 14 year old daughter has a growth at the base of her skull off slightly to the right side. It has started causing to have headaches.

My 14 year old daughter has a growth at the base of her skull off slightly to the right side.  It has started causing to have headaches.

See your doctor: It is hard to know exactly what it is without an examination. Lymph nodes can present in this area but also growths in the bone can occur and since you have noted the headaches it is best to have a doctor look at it to see if any further testing is needed.
If the headaches should cause her to have problems seeing or she has vomiting that would be very worrisome and need immediate care ...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 seem to be radicular in origen(pinch nerve). ...Read more

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Have a small round bump underneath my skin at the base of my skull, its not on the otherside. Have headaches on that side of my head to. Any idea?

Have a small round bump underneath my skin at the base of my skull, its not on the otherside. Have headaches on that side of my head to. Any idea?

Cyst: Small round bumps under the skin of the scalp are often cysts (trichilemmal or sebaceous) or could be just a bony knob. These could be related to your headaches if they are situated near nerve. ...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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I'm having frequent, daily, severe tension headaches and sometimes migraines. Also, there's a painful knot at the base of my skull. What could it be?

I'm having frequent, daily, severe tension headaches and sometimes migraines. Also, there's a painful knot at the base of my skull. What could it be?

See your PCP: Any headache always must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis to ensure that the correct treatment is given. See your doctor for consultation, tests and diagnosis. ...Read more

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At the right side of the base of my skull, there's a painful knot. I have very frequent tension headaches and migraines. Medicine isn't working. Help?

At the right side of the base of my skull, there's a painful knot. I have very frequent tension headaches and migraines. Medicine isn't working. Help?

See your PCP: Any headache always must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis to ensure that the correct treatment is given. See your doctor for consultation, tests and diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've had a lymph node on the base of my skull for the past 6-months. I have been experiencing headaches as well (lots of them)! Any idea what this cou?

Time to see doctor: Since it bothers you so. You should see the doctor and get examined. May or may not. E related to the headaches you are suffering ...Read more

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

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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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

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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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I am a 16 yr old male. I have soreness under the right base of my skull. It is not a headache and I only feel it after bending over sometimes. Why?

Base of skull pain: Tension headaches, causing pain at the base of the neck, are the most common type of headache by a wide margin. This is the sub-occipital region. This area is rich in nerve fibers, joints and small muscles -- all of which are capable of generating pain. Because this pain can indicate a life-threatening condition, see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis if you experience these symptoms. ...Read more

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I have bad headaches. They have been diagnosed as miragrines and stress headaches when the muscles at the base of my skull is massaged I get relief?

I have bad headaches. They have been diagnosed as miragrines and stress headaches when the muscles at the base of my skull is massaged I get relief?

Stress points: There are many maneuvers that people use to relieve stress, and this is one of them. At the back and either side of the neck are acupressure headache points that can relieve headaches when stimulated. Other stress-reducing techniques include deep breathing, meditation, and focusing. Stress can also trigger migraines. ...Read more

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I have a horrible headache at the base of my skull. It came on very suddenly during sex, right at the moment of an intense orgasm. 3rd time in a week?

I have a horrible headache at the base of my skull. It came on very suddenly during sex, right at the moment of an intense orgasm. 3rd time in a week?

Thunder clap headach: A migraine variant is causing your problems, and this can be prevented with a variety of prescription or otc meds. Unlikely that you possess intracranial lesion or neck problems, but worthwhile to see neurologist and set up a preventative med plan. ...Read more

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I have a lump the size of a penny at the base of my skull under my skin, left side. Its kinda hard. I have headaches and my visions been bit fuzzy. Ideas?

See a doctor: It may be a cyst but I recommend seeing a doctor so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more