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Having a knot on the back of my head & lots of pains, what is this a sign of?

Having a knot on the back of my head & lots of pains, what is this a sign of?

Uncertain: Maybe a cyst. “Stomach tied in Knots.” is a phrase that is often used to describe abdominal tension/ discomfort associated with feeling nervous or anxiety. ...Read more

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Why do I have like a knot on the back of my head by my neck. Its no pain just seems like a piece of fat?

Why do I have like a knot on the back of my head by my neck. Its no pain just seems like a piece of fat?

Knot on neck: As you state that there is no pain, likely you have a cyst, or lipoma. These do not have to be removed unless they become a worry to you or get large enough that you wish them to be removed. ...Read more

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I have had migraines for many years now and recently found a knot on the back of my head. Could that be what is causing migraines?

I have had migraines for many years now and recently found a knot on the back of my head. Could that be what is causing migraines?

Occipital neuralgia?: If the "knot" is a tender point right at the back of the base of the skull, you might have a condition known as occipital neuralgia. Patients with this condition will feel pain shooting up into the scalp when pressing on the occipital nerve, and can often get marked relief with an injection of numbing medication. ...Read more

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I have a sensitive knot on the back of my head that only comes up when I dye my hair have burning in head?

I have a sensitive knot on the back of my head that only comes up when I dye my hair have burning in head?

Dermatitis: Dyes can cause scalp inflammation and lymph node enlargement which may be the knot you feel. You should not use dye again until you are evaluated. Further use can lead to worse dermatitis and hair loss. ...Read more

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I fell on concrete several years ago at my grandmothers house. I still have an knot on the back of my head. It get very sensitive. Should I see a doc?

I fell on concrete several years ago at my grandmothers house. I still have an knot on the back of my head. It get very sensitive. Should I see a doc?

Good idea: If the "knot" is bothering you, it would be a good idea get is checked out.
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I have a knot on the back of my head which is causing me to have a migraine, how can I get rid of the knot?

I have a knot on the back of my head which is causing me to have a migraine, how can I get rid of the knot?

See a neurologist: Most headaches are caused by some toxin, pathogen, or allergen, at one or more cranial joints or associated musculature. See a neurologist ...Read more

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6 weeks after cancer treatment of neck cancer, there is a knot on the back of my head. Should I be concerned? Follow up visit in 2 weeks. Thx.

6 weeks after cancer treatment of neck cancer, there is a knot on the back of my head. Should I be concerned? Follow up visit in 2 weeks. Thx.

Have it checked.: Is this knot new or was there before? Mention this to your doctor in your follow-up visit and have it checked. ...Read more

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I have knots in the back of my head they don't hurt and I don't have headaches please can you tell me what's wrong?

Lymph nodes or not: Are the knots under the skin and over the muscle and are they present in other parts of the body? You need to have it examined by your family dr. To see if they are enlarged lymph nodes. If not, they may be fibrositic nodules from overuse of the trapezius muscle due to myofascial problems especially if accompanied by neck tightness or discomfort. ...Read more

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I have knots on the back of my head near my lymph nodes. They are painful to the touch I also have a headache what causes this?

I have knots on the back of my head near my lymph nodes. They are painful to the touch I also have a headache what causes this?

Wens: You mave sebaceous cysts on your head which cause your nodes to become enlarged. Both the nodes and your cyst can contribute to your headaches because if pressure. ...Read more

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I get a knot in the back of my head sensitive to touch. I use ice packs for it and it will go away but it will come back. What is it?

I get a knot in the back of my head sensitive to touch. I use ice packs for it and it will go away but it will come back. What is it?

Knot on the head: If you are a spouse, this is usually where your spouse hits you when you forget to do something! But seriously folks, it could simply be a cyst, or something more involved. Go see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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My tension headaches seem to be accompanied by knots in the back of my head. Why is this?

My tension headaches seem to be accompanied by knots in the back of my head. Why is this?

Muscle spasm: Tension headaches are associated with muscle spasm. When you feel the knots, it is a sign of muscle spasm. Try warm compresses or massage. You may have injured your neck which is causing the muscles to spasm. Try massage therapy. ...Read more

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I have a hard knot on top back part of my head. It has been there a while only time it hurts is when a mess with it. Doesn't bother all the time?

I have a hard knot on top back part of my head. It has been there a while only time it hurts is when a mess with it. Doesn't bother all the time?

Hard mass: If the mass is boney hard, it may be an exostosis of the skull which is a benign growth and is usually present since birth or for as long as you can remember. If it is less firm, it could be an inclusion cyst which is also benign. It will have to be examined by a physician for diagnosis, however. ...Read more

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I have a tiny knot/lump on the upper back of my head that wasn't but now is sore/burning. A 2nd one seems to be coming up. Should I be concerned?

I have a tiny knot/lump on the upper back of my head that wasn't but now is sore/burning. A 2nd one seems to be coming up. Should I be concerned?

2 options: Two things come to mind. The most likely is small cysts that are becoming irritated or infected. The other possibility is lymph nodes that are swelling up. Either way you should get it checked because either condition might require treatment. I would say it's not terribly concerning but if left without treatment could get worse. ...Read more

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I have a knot on the back right side of my head. What could have caused this? It doesn't hurt, But I'm just concerned about what could have caused it

Get examined by doc: The lump could be a swollen gland secondary to a minor infection of the scalp. It could represent the result of a minor trauma that you may not even be aware of. It could be an insect bite, etc. It would be wise to have this examined by a physician to rule out or in the proper cause of this 'lump'. ...Read more

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Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Need to see it: Common cysts of the scalp are easily felt as freely-movable, smooth-surfaced masses and may be kept or excised as seems best to you, with your physician's approval. An old bump can leave a harmless fibrous scar where the bruise was. A cancer here is uncommon, but a new mass or ulcer that is growing anywhere is worrisome. ...Read more

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I have a knot on the back right side of my head. First appeared to be like a ingrown hair. Mashed it and clear liquid came out.

I have a knot on the back right side of my head. First appeared to be like a ingrown hair. Mashed it and clear liquid came out.

Cyst: Simple cysts can appear when the fluid of a hair follicle becomes trapped. As the fluid builds up it creates a soft mass. Squeezing it can release the fluid. If it is foul odor then this may be a sebacous cyst. Cysts recur and can become infected. A simple procedure in your doctors office can remove it. ...Read more

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Noticed rock hard knot/lump on the back side of my head, left side close to occipital bone. Knot is about pea size very painful & sensitive 2 touch.?

Noticed rock hard knot/lump on the back side of my head, left side close to occipital bone. Knot is about pea size very painful & sensitive 2 touch.?

Lump: This could be an inflamed lymph node, cyst or ingrown hair. Apply warm soaks. Check to see whether you have a skin eruption in that area which can cause lymph node reactivity. See your physician as needed. ...Read more

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Knot like a vein in the back of my head kinda hurt to the touch but mostly feel like pressure to the touch is kinda small could this be something serious well I know it could be.?

Knot like a vein in the back of my head kinda hurt to the touch but mostly feel like pressure to the touch is kinda small could this be something serious well I know it could be.?

Doctor can evaluate: A knot or lump in the scalp or back of the head may be a lymph node or a skin cyst, among other possibilities. A primary care doctor can evaluate, and refer to an ENT or dermatology specialist if needed. It's very hard to guess exactly what it might be, without the whole story and an exam. ...Read more

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I recently had 2 random knots on the back of each side of my head with pain. But I don't recall getting hit or anything. Head hurts. What could this be?

I recently had 2 random knots on the back of each side of my head with pain. But I don't recall getting hit or anything. Head hurts. What could this be?

Inflammed lymph node: People often get an inflammed lymph node there that can result from a scalp infection/irritation or a poster sinus inflammation. These usually resolve spontaneously. One can try otc meds (combination cold medicines) see your primary if it doesn't go away. ...Read more

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Can staring at a computer cause tension in the back of head (occiput)? I have tension in back of head and dizziness. Normal CT. Massage not effective

Can staring at a computer cause tension in the back of head (occiput)? I have tension in back of head and dizziness. Normal CT. Massage not effective

Occipital neuralgia: The greater and lesser occipital nerves live in the back of the head on both sides. The lesser nerve runs towards your ear and the greater nerve runs to top of back of your head. These occipital nerves can be aggravated without any trauma. Tilting head back can cause dizziness if these nerves are aggravated. 7 days or oral steroid or 5 days of Toradol may knock out this irritation to these nerves. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause pain and muscle tension around the temples, occiput and eyes? Been having pain there for 3 weeks now and, jaw started clicking last week

Can TMJ cause pain and muscle tension around the temples, occiput and eyes? Been having pain there for 3 weeks now and, jaw started clicking last week

Yes: Tmj/tmd has many symptoms, but your issues should be evaluated because it could just be tmd/tmj, or possibly from another trigger or both. ...Read more

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My son has found a knot on the back of his head and says he didn't hit it on anything, what could it be?

My son has found a knot on the back of his head and says he didn't hit it on anything, what could it be?

Could be many things: A common finding is a lymph node which would feel like a marble or bean under the skin & might move some. Direct pressure could produce discomfort. Many of these ar located around the back of the skull & neck and are more easily found here than elsewhere in the body where they are buried in the muscles or flesh. ...Read more

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What could be causing a very painful, tingly knot on the bottom of the right side of the back of my head?

What could be causing a very painful, tingly knot on the bottom of the right side of the back of my head?

Muscle spasm: Have you been stressed out recently? Muscle spasms in your neck and shoulder muscles can cause this. Do you have any neck injuries? If you have a history of herniated discs in your cervical spine this can also happen. Make sure you follow up with your doctor, in the mean time you can apply moist heat to the area and take an anti inflammatory. Good luck ...Read more

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My daughter discovered a small knot on the back of her head and it is soar. It has been there for four days. What could it be?

Observe: For now if she does not have a fever.It may be an enlarged lymph node or hair folliculitis that may resolve in time. If febrile and it had grown bigger, and tender to touch- get her checked. She may have an infected gland that may need to be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I've had two hard knots the size of golf balls show up overnight on the back of my head. They hurt and I've been having headaches on and off all day.?

I've had two hard knots the size of golf balls show up overnight on the back of my head. They hurt and I've been having headaches on and off all day.?

Knots on Head: These most likely are infected cysts on your head. See your doctor for treatment. You probably need antibiotics and may need to have them drained or removed. ...Read more

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I've been having a horrible pain on my right lower back of my head. It feels like a lump/knot.?

Go to the doctor: Get it checked out. A lump could be an infection which need to be drained and treated with antibiotics, or a tumor which should be evaluated with ct or MRI or just a reactive lymph node, but that is unlikely to cause a headache. ...Read more

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I have been also experiencing burning sensations in the back of my head. I noticed a small knot as well, maybe a cyst, ? What is this sinusitis?

I have been also experiencing burning sensations in the back of my head. I noticed a small knot as well, maybe a cyst, ? What is this sinusitis?

Probably not: Trauma (blow) to the region would give you a bump. Other causes can include inflammation, tumor (most likely benign), but it does not sound like sinusitis. Consult your pcp. ...Read more

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I have pressure in my neck and heaviness that generates up the back of my head and down my spine. I have to hard knots that don't move on both clavicl?

I have pressure in my neck and heaviness that generates up the back of my head and down my spine. I have to hard knots that don't move on both clavicl?

Tension: This sounds like muscle tension. It can be quite painful and lead to headache. If you have the opportunity to have a massage that would help. Stretch the neck muscles too and you can try some ibuprofen. ...Read more

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The knot I thought was a lump turns out is a cyst in the back of my head. Will it keep growing? What causes them? Dr sd it was close to the bone? We/me chose to leave it alone for now. Was that smart to do?

The knot I thought was a lump turns out is a cyst in the back of my head. Will it keep growing? What causes them? Dr sd it was close to the bone? We/me chose to leave it alone for now. Was that smart to do?

Cyst can be infected: Without a biopsy, one does know for certain the scalp mass is cyst although the head is a common site for sebaceous (oil) and pilar (hair) cyst. Cysts keep filling which makes the outer tissue (i.e. Skin) thin. A small leak or opening can cause an infection. Then the cyst will need to be drained, allowed to reform, and then be excised. It's better to remove an intact cyst to minimize recurrence. ...Read more

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I had a tick bite me on the lower back of my head and now there's a big knot behind my ear on my head and a swollen node. Should I go to dr?

I had a tick bite me on the lower back of my head and now there's a big knot behind my ear on my head and a swollen node. Should I go to dr?

I would: Tick bite sxs can include: headache, mild fever, blister or bump, bruising, itching ; burning. However it you have emesis, high fever, spreading rash, bulls eye lesion, confusion, palpitations. Seek med tx. ...Read more

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My 3years old fell 5 months ago bumped the back of her head leaving her a big knot the knot still there and she bumped again yesterday she say hurt?

My 3years old fell 5 months ago bumped the back of her head leaving her a big knot the knot still there and she bumped again yesterday she say hurt?

Not to worry: It is common for toddlers & young children to be a bit clumsy, and bump themselves often, even on the head. Bruises on the scalp often cause a large knot ("goose-egg") because of the rich blood supply there, and this will be tender and can take a few weeks to heal. As long as she doesn't seem dazed, extremely sleepy, vomiting or sudden behavior changes, repeated bumps on the head should heal fine. ...Read more