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Left side , back of head pain when laughing, bending over and coughing. What could cause this?

Left side , back of head pain when laughing, bending over and coughing. What could cause this?

Tension headache: It seems that a muscle that runs from the back of your head to the neck on the left side is tight causing muscle tension headache, especially when you perform the activities you mentioned. Applying heat or at times ice might help. Stretching exercises to relieve tension will help along with medicines like ibuprofen or naproxen . Please go see a doctor if not better after doing this for a week. ...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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Neck,left side back head,ear pain. Had slight asymmetrical smile and slight feeling of muscle weakness in eye. Tearing eye lip closed slightly crooked. Normal neuro physical exam and normal eye exam. Possible Bell's palsy?

Neck,left side back head,ear pain. Had slight asymmetrical smile and slight feeling of muscle weakness in eye. 
Tearing eye lip closed slightly crooked. Normal neuro physical exam and normal eye exam. Possible Bell's palsy?

Possibly/depends,,,: It's possible that this is Bell's palsy but it depends on how severe your symptoms are and/or if anything else might have contributed to this. It could be caused by an infection flare-up or this could be a viral infection like herpes. Apparently, this can have episodes that come and go and may not even need treatment. It'd be best to see a neurologist to be sure. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can thyroid cancer couse swelling and pain in the neck on the left side,back of the head pain on the left side, dizziness and vomiting,menses irregul?

Can thyroid cancer couse  swelling and pain in the neck on the left side,back of the head pain on the left side, dizziness and vomiting,menses irregul?

Thyroid cancer: The vast majority of thyroid cancers present as a painless thyroid mass. Presenting with pain would be rare. Thyroid hormone levels can affect your cycle. Please see your doctor and have your thyroid evaluated. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I am having slight chest pain, shoulder, upper shoulder pain in back and left sided head pain. With each pulse of my heart it pounds in head.

I am having slight chest pain, shoulder, upper shoulder pain in back and left sided head pain. With each pulse of my heart it pounds in head.

Contact your doctor: You are describing symptoms that should be taken seriously and need to be checked to make sure you are not getting early cva pleae contact local hospital or you doctor who can advise you. Do not delay good luck. ...Read more

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What's going on? Back left head and shoulder pain for a couple days now?

What's going on? Back left head and shoulder pain for a couple days now?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Eye sight degraded,MR venography shows narrowing to full occlusion of transverse and sigmoid sinuses,feeling headache in left back of head?

Eye sight degraded,MR venography shows narrowing to full occlusion of transverse and sigmoid sinuses,feeling headache in left back of head?

To the ER: I assume if you had MR venography that shows narrowing to full occlusion you have already saught care. this can be related to a cavernous sinus thrombosis which is severe vision threatening condition. please make sure you follow all the guidelines set out by your physicians. Good luck ...Read more

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Left side headache in the temple & top & back of head pain in face jaw under eye and next to nose and neck pain dr said sinus? It went away then c/b

Left side headache in the temple & top & back of head pain in face jaw under eye and  next to nose and neck pain dr 
said sinus? It went away then c/b

See OFP specialist: The Orofacial Pain specialists provide diagnosis and treatment of pain in the head, temple, face and TMJ. They are the experts in TMJ and chronic face and head pain. See OFP specialist near you. ...Read more

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Hello, i am having bad headaches in back of my head near the left occipital bone, i have had these for months and normal painkillers dont help, i have?

Hello, i am having bad headaches in back of my head near the left occipital bone, i have had these for months and normal painkillers dont help, i have?

Occipital neuralgia: H/A in the back of your head about 1.5" off of the midline are called occipital neuralgia. Greater occipital nerve is inflamed and causing the pain typically. Underlying cause, however, is likely to be a problem with upper cervical discs. With "painkillers" not helping, have you have been seen by a headache specialist, rule out other problems. If not evaluated, see MD. Contact me if needed. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ headache in left temple,neck hurts, headache in right frontal area. Back of head and neck throbs when I move and walk around?

Woke up w/ headache in left temple,neck hurts, headache in right frontal area. Back of head and neck throbs when I move and walk around?

Go to ER.: If this has happened before, then it is likely from migraine.If this is new especially when there has been a history of recent head trauma, then you should consider going to the ER now. ...Read more

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I had an ear ache about 4 days ago and now i'm getting quick sharp pains in my left temple and the back of head . I rarely get headaches. Help?

I had an ear ache about 4 days ago  and now i'm getting quick sharp pains in my left temple and the back of head . I rarely get headaches.  Help?

See below: Any sinus congestion? Earache may have been part of URI including sinuses, which can cause referred pain to back of head. Try nasal irrigation with saline spray. If not being treated for high blood pressure, might add decongestant. Nsaid (advil/motrin/aleve/etc) can reduce pain & inflammation. If develop fever &/or purulent nasal discharge, see pcp for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Why am I waking up with headache every morning, usually on one side, back of head & also sharp pain behind left eye. I've woke up really dizzy to. ?

Why am I waking up with headache every morning,  usually on one side, back of head & also sharp pain behind left eye. I've woke up really dizzy to. ?

Awakening Headache: Cluster, migraine may produce a headache that is present upon awakening. It is important that the doctor first identify and exclude a secondary headache and determine the proper diagnosis. See headache or orofacial pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Hearing heartbeat in left ear when laying and changing position. Short periods of muffled hearing in same ear. Daily headaches in back of head.

Hearing heartbeat in left ear when laying and changing position. Short periods of muffled hearing in same ear. Daily headaches in back of head.

Likely noncaddiac: Normal heart beats can frequently be heard by patients when they lie on their side or ear. It's a common complaint i hear in the office. We title it "cardiac awareness". Uncertain why it manifests itself to patients when it does. I suspect this is not a cardiac abnormality. Headaches obviously shouldn't be treated lightly. Common allergies on up to more important organic causes may be responsible. ...Read more

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Daily twitching eyelid on left side with headache over eye that comes and goes. Sometimes neck pain or pain on back of head also. Eye is dry also.

Daily twitching eyelid on left side with headache over eye that comes and goes. Sometimes neck pain or pain on back of head also. Eye is dry also.

No simple answer: The most common cause of achy pain around the eye that i see, comes from irritation of some nerves in the upper neck near the base of the skull. When they are irritated, there may be a tender spot to pressure over them in the neck but the body may be most aware of the pain felt around and behind the eye - called referred pain. For this particular cause, tratment must be delivered to the neck. ...Read more

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On my left head back always pain?

On my left head back always pain?

Often pain in the: posterior head/skull is related to neck problems: degenerative arthritis of the neck with associated muscle spasm and tenderness or post-injury pain. But this pain would often wax and wane...not typically be constant. Depending on how long this has been occurring, imaging with CT or MRI may be needed to exclude some problem in the posterior brain. Make an appointment for with your Doc/Neurologist ...Read more