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Awful head ache, which began 7 days ago at base of skull and back of neck. Base of skull and neck pain worse with movement, causes?

Awful head ache, which began 7 days ago at base of skull and back of neck. Base of skull and neck pain worse with movement, causes?

You have been evalau: From your background information I see you have been evaluated. Was the MRI of the brain or the neck? How was the diagnosis of benign intercranial hypertension made? When you discuss this with your physician. Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker and can cause headaches. Was it given for headaches. Your physician can help clarify this. ...Read more

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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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Right side neck pain, ear pressure, heavy head, spot at base of skull sore. Dr said c spine strain from X-ray. Been this way for 2 months. Any ideas?

Right side neck pain, ear pressure, heavy head, spot at base of skull sore. Dr said c spine strain from X-ray. Been this way for 2 months. Any ideas?

Second opinion: With the symptoms that you have, and an answer that did not provide relief, you should obtain a second opinion, preferable from an ear, nose and throat specialist, as ear problems may produce these symptoms ...Read more

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My 6 year old girl has been complaining of neck pain. I thought maybe molars causing the pain cause it's at base of skull and down. Need to worry?

My 6 year old girl has been complaining of neck pain. I thought maybe molars causing the pain cause it's at base of skull and down. Need to worry?

See md: See your MD, and have a good check up. Maybe muscle strain or may be way your child sleeps--pillow etc. One additional possibility could be eye issues causing her to cock her head to one side to avoid double vision. Any history of trauma? ...Read more

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I have dull headaches which are now more sharp. I hear high pitched ringing in ears and also buzzing. I feel a sharp neck pain at base of skull. Could it be a TMJ flare up? What should I do?

I have dull headaches which are now more sharp. I hear high pitched ringing in ears and also buzzing. I feel a sharp neck pain at base of skull. Could it be a TMJ flare up? What should I do?

Likely TMJ: Headaches and ear pain are many of the presenting chief complaints of patients with tmj. You can sort out the ringing by protruding your jaw forward when the ringing occurs. It protrusion of you jaw changes or eliminates the ringing sound then there is a jaw connection. Either way you should see a dentist specially trained in tmj. ...Read more

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6 months ago a 5 lb rubber mallet fell on my head still pain base of skull neck pain upper spine pain numbness major top right foot minor other limbs?

6 months ago a 5 lb rubber mallet fell on my head still pain base of skull neck pain upper spine pain numbness major top right foot minor other limbs?

Yeah...that'll smart: You may be suffering from the residua of POSTCONCUSSIVE syndrome (PCS). I don't know how you were at the type you got hit...for example, from what height did that hammer come down? You could calculate the amount of Force that you took on the head and neck using F=ma but I think seeing your doctor for a referral to a neurologist for possible PCS and management would be a good idea. ...Read more

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Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm. Ana +, scl-70 +.

Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm. Ana +, scl-70 +.

Obtain brain &cspine: Consider obtaining a brain and cervical spine MRI to evaluate for possible cause coming from the spine or the back of the head. All migraines deserve one Brain MRI and an evaluation of triggers for the Migraines by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Lightheaded, sore at base of skull pain in neck Aswell as stiffness. Sometimes pain inbetween shoulder blades. Happend after working out?

Lightheaded, sore at base of skull pain in neck Aswell as stiffness. Sometimes pain inbetween shoulder blades. Happend after working out?

Muscular strain/ER: This does sound like strain of the poster neck muscles (sternocleidomastoid) and the inter scapular muscles from overuse or overloading; however head and neck pain with associated severe neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, or weakness should be evaluated in the ER-ASAP-an examination is necessary. ...Read more

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Sore neck and headaches base of skull hurts goes away with heat application it's more annoying and constant. Sore neck muscles too. What can I do?

Sore neck and headaches base of skull hurts goes away with heat application it's more annoying and constant. Sore neck muscles too. What can I do?

Evaluate posture: Sore neck and headaches that resolve with heat are usually benign and commonly related to muscle tightness or overuse. The first thing I would do is evaluate the activities I do on a regular basis and neck posture doing those activities. A common problem is a computer screen that is too high or too low requiring prolonged periods of time looking up or down. ...Read more

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Saw chiropractor who adjusted neck w/tool. Neck became tight, sore. When move neck it will pop and then pain at base of skull to forehead.?

Saw chiropractor who adjusted neck w/tool. Neck became tight, sore. When move neck it will pop and then pain at base of skull to forehead.?

Neck pain s/p adjust: Would follow up w/ neurosurgeon. Any arm numbness tingling? Consider MRI/MRA to check for dissection, clot which are rare complication of neck adjustment.

https://www. Medscape. Com/viewarticle/740848_2 ...Read more

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Very small painless bump back base of skull (near occipital node). Neck is a bit sore/stiff. No other symptoms. No fatigue or night sweats. Lymphoma?

Very small painless bump back base of skull (near occipital node). Neck is a bit sore/stiff. No other symptoms. No fatigue or night sweats. Lymphoma?

Unlikely: From what you described, lymphoma is unlikely. You may watch and wait. You may feel the node every couple of weeks, if the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, or lose weight, you should see a doctor.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Neck pain at base of skull, headaches, facial tingling and numbness, ringing in ears, shoulder burning, and low back pain. What could cause all this?

Neck pain at base of skull, headaches, facial tingling and numbness, ringing in ears, shoulder burning, and low back pain. What could cause all this?

Fibromyalgia: 25y female with "HA, facial tingling, neck/low back/shoulder pain" & tinnitus. This symptom constellation comports with Fibromyalgia, FM, wherein muscle tension headache, TMJ, TOS & widespread soft tissue spasms co-generate global pain. Symptoms cross tissue/organ systems. General medical evaluation needed, & if no specific diagnosis then FM shifts to top of differential diagnostic list. ...Read more

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Why is base of skull on lumpy parts swollen and sore?

Why is base of skull on lumpy parts swollen and sore?

Lymph nodes?: There are a lot of lymph nodes at the base of the skull. They swell and become sore in response to sore throats, head colds, infections of the scalp, and other problems. An examination by your doctor will likely locate the cause. ...Read more

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Noticed a hard very slightly movable bump and base of skull, kinda sore when pushed on. Should I worry?

Noticed a hard very slightly movable bump and base of skull, kinda sore when pushed on. Should I worry?

Dermoid cyst: Most likely a benign dermoid cyst.However, they can get infected or inflamed. If persistent or more tender you should see a physician. ...Read more

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No injury. Pain in base of skull on left side. Feels like a ball of pain. Sore to touch sore to lay on. Ibpro was no help neither heat or ice.

No injury. Pain in base of skull on left side. Feels like a ball of pain. Sore to touch sore to lay on. Ibpro was no help neither heat or ice.

More info: It sounds as if you are having a serious pain issue that could have a serious cause. I see you have had a ct scan and cystectomy in the past. Were these related to this pain syndrome or was that a different issue? You also list anxiety and eye pain as conditions that you have/have had, are you having these symptoms now; and if so, do you think they are related? A complex case may need a specialist. ...Read more

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Fit Fem, 33, scalp on left head sore to touch and darts of pain goin from base of skull to left head, notice these mostly when running, also dizzy?

Fit Fem, 33, scalp on left head sore to touch and darts of pain goin from base of skull to left head, notice these mostly when running, also dizzy?

May be a variant of.: Trigeminal autonomic cephalgia by way of exercise or exertion. Because it's on the left it could also be a form of paroxysmal hemicrania which is of shorter duration and again induced by heavy exertional activity. If you'd like a private consult with a headache specialist look up www. Healthtap. Com/dr-drsaghafi and use Key Code: PDXFNR if prompted in order to ask for or set up an appointment. ...Read more

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I have a sore area between my left ear & base of skull. I have not bumped my head or anything. It hurts constantly and is very sore to touch. Grape sz?

I have a sore area between my left ear & base of skull. I have not bumped my head or anything. It hurts constantly and is very sore to touch. Grape sz?

Sounds like: A sebaceous (hair gland) cyst...It will most likely require incision/drainage with removal..... see a general surgeon. Your PCP (Primary Care Provider) can refer you appropriately!
Hope this helps!
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Base of skull has been sore for a while, dr, chiro, massage therapist say tight muscles on left side. Bad anxiety, keep poking, is this keeping it sor?

Base of skull has been sore for a while, dr, chiro, massage therapist say tight muscles on left side. Bad anxiety, keep poking, is this keeping it sor?

The more you poke: At the area, the more you draw attention to it. Consider lightly pinching the web of skin between your thumb and first finger with the other thumb and first finger instead. Peace and good health, ...Read more

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Doctor diagnosed with occipital neuralgia, sore spot on right base of skull, but get tingling in front head and forehead and temple?

Doctor diagnosed with occipital neuralgia, sore spot on right base of skull, but get tingling in front head and forehead and temple?

Pain? Think muscles!: Stresses and work of life causes pain located in micro-scars in muscles of the neck which drive aches, pains and misery. Txmt is a holistic recipe of self-care, wellness, Vits, Magnesium supp, sleep, massage, yoga, stretching, chiropractors. Tub soaking. As a doctor, I’ve rediscovered modified versions of acupuncture/trigger points inj, which roots out the pain. ...Read more

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I have stomach cramps, stiffness/soreness on left side of neck/base of skull, fatigue, headaches (I think from the neck being sore).?

I have stomach cramps, stiffness/soreness on left side of neck/base of skull, fatigue, headaches (I think from the neck being sore).?

Viral: The symptoms are nonspecific but an early viral gastrointestinal tract infection is most likely. At this time I recommend resting, drinking adequate fluids including flat ginger ale to settle the nausea, light diet to include broths, saltine crackers and Tylenol to relieve aches and pains. Diarrhea may follow so avoidance of harsh roughage is advisable. Symptoms should subside in a few days. ...Read more

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Mild headache at base of skull, neck discomfort even when moving neck, slight sore throat, mild pain behind eyes, left ear feels like it is draining?

Mild headache at base of skull, neck discomfort even when moving neck, slight sore throat, mild pain behind eyes, left ear feels like it is draining?

Ans: Sounds like your sinuses are involved. Try hot fluids to irrigate the see of this makes you feel better. There is also over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) the will dry up the congestion see if that helps you. If no benefit time to see your doctor ...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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Stiffness in upper neck, base of skull. I've had it for about 2 months, can not find any relief. Stabbing pains +can hardly move head?

Stiffness in upper neck, base of skull. I've had it for about 2 months, can not find any relief. Stabbing pains +can hardly move head?

Myofascial: This could be many things, from a simple sprain strain to myofascial neck pain to occipital neuralgia. Would advise you see a physiatrist or neurologist, who will determine first whether or not you need a ct scan of the head done, based on the severity and pattern of your headaches. ...Read more

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Having severe neck pain at base of my skull/neck. Had a small kink & used vibrating massager on it 4 days ago. Cant move neck much. What did I do?!!

Having severe neck pain at base of my skull/neck. Had a small kink & used vibrating massager on it 4 days ago. Cant move neck much. What did I do?!!

See ortho: If you have had problem moving your neck for 4 days, it is time to consult an orthopedic surgeon. Have you tried heating pad? ...Read more

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I have severe chronic neck pain at the base of my skull and when it hurts I have red blotch in the exact area that hurts what would cause the blotch?

See a neurologist: Sympathetically maintained pain (SMP). The pain associated with SMP can be continuous with an aching, burning quality that is sometimes accompanied by a continuing background discomfort and tissue swelling, or it can occur spontaneously. Blocking the sympathetic activity by anesthetizing the Stellate Ganglion may stop the pain. Take care. ...Read more

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Weird fizzling, like pop rock candy, base of skull up and down neck, can feel and hear it, happens frequently, what is it?

Weird fizzling, like pop rock candy, base of skull up and down neck, can feel and hear it, happens frequently, what is it?

Facet joints: When you move your neck like that you'll hear your facet joints crackling. Very common, nothing to worry about. If you have neck pain, there are treatments targeting the facet joints. Hope that helps. ...Read more