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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I have a flat tender spot on the back of my head like where the swirl is what can this be?

I have a flat tender spot on the back of my head like where the swirl is what can this be?

Swelling: If you didn't injure the spot where the head is tender (bumped your head) then it is most likely some skin irritation. You could have an allergic response to some shampoo or other hair treatment. As long as you are not an infant, the skull is closed and it is only the scalp you are feeling. There are rare situations when the skull is not closed from birth, but you would have known about that. ...Read more

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What could cause a quarter sized tingling spot on back of head? Could it be related to the fact that i'm sleep deprived?

What could cause a quarter sized tingling spot on back of head? Could it be related to the fact that i'm sleep deprived?

Superficial nerve: This sounds like merely an irritable, superficial nerve in your scalp and probably is not related to being sleep deprived. If symptoms worsen or headaches develop, have a physician check it. ...Read more

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How do you cause and reduce the soft spot on the top of a newborns head?

How do you cause and reduce the soft spot on the top of a newborns head?

You don't: The soft spot or spots (front & back) represent areas where the edges of the skull bones are separated by more than a few millimeters. They can be as small as a pea at birth, enlarge over a few months & for most seem closed by 15-18 mo. Some start out big, i've seen one softball sized & had a helmet made to protect the head. Graduall closure over time is based on genetic factors, not your efforts. ...Read more

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There is an empty circle area on the back of my head, its hair loss. What can cause this?

There is an empty circle area on the back of my head, its hair loss. What can cause this?

Empty circle: Quite uncommon at your age unless it is common in your family. I would have you see your doctor for starters and, depending what is found out, you are likely to be referred to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it typical to have a flat part of skull at back of head?

Is it typical to have a flat part of skull at back of head?

Everyone's different: In general, everyone's head is shaped differently. So it is possible to have a flat part of school on the back of the head. ...Read more

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What type of headache can be a pounding pain on top of head or in back of the head. Mostly in back but does not go to neck. Moving makes it worse.

What type of headache can be a pounding pain on top of head or in back of the head. Mostly in back but does not go to neck. Moving makes it worse.

How frequent??: Does not sound serious but if it is occurring frequently I would have it checked out. Most likely causes are migraine versus tension headache. ...Read more

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14 weeks pregnant. Upper neck to the base of my head pain cause a headachr that is hanging on for about 2 days.

14 weeks pregnant. Upper neck to the base of my head pain cause a headachr that is hanging on for about 2 days.

Headache: It is probably completely unassociated with your pregnancy but I cannot give you a definitive diagnosis if it persists see your OB to make sure what is causing it ...Read more

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Can you cause the soft spot on a newborns head to indent further?

Can you cause the soft spot on a newborns head to indent further?

Soft spot dynamics: The soft spot is basicly a window into the water baloon that protects the brain and spinal cord, with a cushion of water, against the effect of movement. Sit a kid upright and the soft spot flattens, lay them flat or upside down & they tend to pooch out. With hold fluid the dehydrated kid will sink in further in any position. ...Read more

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Can a s skin irritation on the too of my head cause a migraine headache and neck pain?

Can a s skin irritation on the too of my head cause a migraine headache and  neck pain?

Unknown : It is difficult to answer this question without a better description of what the skin irritation may be. One condition that comes to which ca cause pain in the head and neck is shingles (herpes zoster, usually of the c2 nerve root). Other more minor and more serious conditions are certainly possible. Please consult your physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How often does poor posture cause a fat pad to develop on the back of the neck right at top of back?(bottom of neck)

How often does poor posture cause a fat pad to develop on the back of the neck right at top of back?(bottom of neck)

Not really: Poor posture can cause spine issues over a long long long time. If there is a "fat pad", it needs to be checked and confirmed by ur pcp. This could b a sign if medical condition. Call ur doctor and have it checked out. ...Read more

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Been having sore to touch spots on middle back of my head and back upper part of my head. What can it be or why is it happening/?

Scalp Folliculitis: Folliculitis is the name given to inflammation of hair follicles that can be caused by several factors. Folliculitis is a focal inflammation of the hair follicles. It looks like acne with little rings of inflammation surrounding the opening of a hair follicle. The result of folliculitis is a tender red spot, sometimes with a surface pustule. Staph is the most common bacteria causing this. ...Read more

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Could a head injury cause chill bumps on one side of the body?

Could a head injury cause chill bumps on one side of the body?

See a neurologist: Unilateral "chill" (goose) bumps in the context of a tbi may mean nothing at all but could be a sign of autonomic nervous system dysfunction, including reflex sympathetic dystrophy (crps) rarely even an autonomic seizure. Other associations can be related to spinal cord injury (cervical injury is common with head trauma) a neurologist should be able to sort this out. ...Read more

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I get double vision and feel woozy after leaning the back of my head on pillow or couch back. What could be the cause of this?

I get double vision and feel woozy after leaning the back of my head on pillow or couch back. What could be the cause of this?

Low blood flow: In some patients the blood vessels that run in the back of your neck to your brain (vertebral arteries) can be pinched by the spine, especially if you have arthritis. This can cause symptoms when you put your head back as the blood flow to your brain is diminished. It could also be caused by spasms of the muscles themselves. You should start by seeing your primary care doctor and getting an exam. ...Read more

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I have a head bump on the back of my head, is it cancerous?

I have a head bump on the back of my head, is it cancerous?

Need to examine this: You need to show it to your doctor for his/her examination. Most bumps are not cancerous yet it all depends on your history and the growth rate of this bump. If it is growing in size, is painless and there has not been any trauma to cause it, then i would be concerned and get it checked out. ...Read more