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What causes occipital headache?

What causes occipital headache?

Several reasons: There are several reasons behind the occurrence of head pains ranging from genetics, muscle contractions, stress, sleep disorders, teeth grinding, trauma, and different medical illness. Occipital headache is a term used to describe headaches which start (or are referred from) in the occiput (base of the head) area. ...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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Can a hypertensive patient with controlled blood pressure have occipital headache during night while lying down??

Can a hypertensive patient with controlled blood pressure have occipital headache during night while lying down??

Certainly : Likely has no relation to ur BP. HA in back of head & neck, one thinks about Tension HA. Usually has musculoskeletal component, worse as day wears on, can b associated with stress. Stress reduction, massage,analgesics, and addition of muscle relaxers can b helpful. ...Read more

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Sometimes, i have occipital headache + eye pain upon waking/upon watching television, is that normal? the pain goes away after taking painrelievers.

Sometimes, i have occipital headache + eye pain upon waking/upon watching television,  is that normal? the pain goes away after taking painrelievers.

Not normal or ideal: Ideally if it were up to me no one would have headaches or eye pain. There are many causes that are possible, although in your case eye strain first springs to mind. Therefore, you should see an eye doctor also called an Opthamologist and also see a Neurologist for a thorough evaluation and examination which will likely include a MRI,for further evaluation of the headaches. Do keep us posted. ...Read more

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Loud grinding sound in base of scull (neck) when turning head. Strong occipital headache. Have Ehlers Danlos. Is it chiari malformation? Other cause?

Loud grinding sound in base of scull (neck) when turning head.  Strong occipital headache. Have Ehlers Danlos. Is it chiari malformation? Other cause?

See your doctor : The grinding is generally a sign of digerati on in the facets, or neck joints. As an ED person, your ligaments which hold the bones in place are most likely lax, allowing excess movement. While,this could. Rear a chairing type malformation, I think arthritis is a more common answer. An X Ray will be telling ...Read more

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Can ehlher danlos make chiari symptoms worse. Occipital headache, dizziness, episodic tachycardia and blurred vision for 15 days. Also 15 episodes of syncope in last 2 weeks. All heart/blood normal?

Can ehlher danlos make chiari symptoms worse. Occipital headache, dizziness, episodic tachycardia and blurred vision for 15 days. Also 15 episodes of syncope in last 2 weeks. All heart/blood normal?

Evaluate chiari: The symptoms you report are most likely due to the chiari malformation. Your shoud see a neurologist and have an MRI and magnetic resonance angiogram to determine if the blood supply to the posterior circualtion of youi brain is being compromised by pressure from the chiari malformation obststructing the brainstem as it passes through the foramen magnum. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for chronic neck pain & associated occipital headaches?

What is the best treatment for chronic neck pain & associated occipital headaches?

Several: Treatment for neck pain/occipital headaches may include: physical therapy, massage, accupuncture, trigger point injections, chiropractic and occipital nerve blocks. You may want to start with the least invasive treatments first. ...Read more

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Hist of occipital headaches, parasthesias. Today woke w/tender zit about 1 inch below inion. Touching it makes headache + neuro sx flare. Why is that?

Hist of occipital headaches, parasthesias. Today woke w/tender zit about 1 inch below inion. Touching it makes headache + neuro sx flare. Why is that?

Tender, spasm: My guess is that the zit causes local tenderness & even muscle spasm in the muscles of the back of the neck & shoulder in sensitive persons. Be sure the zit itself is limited in size & depth, to the superficial skin only, & improving. If not, then do get checked. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Daily occipital headaches, pulse in head, pain at base of skull rt side, muffled hearing, dizzy looking. Causes

Daily occipital headaches, pulse in head, pain at base of skull rt side, muffled hearing, dizzy looking. Causes

Headaches: The cause of the headaches are variable. Inflammation if the occipital nerve, a pinched nerve in the cervical spine, TMJ disorder, and mastoiditis are leading contenders. See a headache expert to determine the type of headache and to develop a course of treatment. ...Read more

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Are there other non narcotic medication I can take for occipital neuralgia headaches. I'm already taking neurotin 600?

Are there other non narcotic medication I can take for occipital neuralgia headaches. I'm already taking neurotin 600?

Tramadol: Tramadol (Ultram) is a rather unique analgesic drug that is indicated for moderate to severe pain. Although it binds to mu receptors, tramadol is not technically classified as an opioid analgesic. Instead, it is classified as a centrally acting synthetic analgesic compound and therefore is not a scheduled narcotic drug. Ask your pain management specialist for more information. ...Read more

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Having a headache (occipital area) for 2weeks now. Always on the same spot, and feels like a throbbing pain that goes on and off. what causes it?

Occipital neuralgia: This is likely occipital neuralgia and pressing/tapping on the specific spot in the back of your head (occipital nerve trunks) may cause local tenderness, shooting pain, tingling along the back of the head and is supportive of this dx if present. Occipital nerve block helps to diagnose and treat this condition. Another possibility is cervicogenic HA (referred pain from the upper cervical joints). ...Read more

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Is it normal to have some pressure an pain with occipital neuralgia migraine headaches? Is the something I can do

Occipital neuralgia: Yes. Occipital neuralgia is caused by impingement of the greater occipital nerve from tight muscles in the neck. The result is pain from irritation of the nerve and pressure from tense neck muscles. Physical therapy, massage, injections of the nerve and surgery can relieve the pain. See a neurosurgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Reason behind headache in occipital area once in a year at night time?

Reason behind headache in occipital area once in a year at night time?

Hard to say: However, if if only happens once a year and is short lived, it is not likely to be too dangerous. If pain is severe, or lasts more than an hour or so or you have stiff neck with it you would need to be seen. Some headaches come on with orgasm. Again, not usually too dangerous but should be seen by a physician. ...Read more

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I have back pain that's very painful in the top an very center of my back. Is this because I suffer from Occipital Neuralgia Nerve Migraine headaches?

I have back pain that's very painful in the top an very center of my back. Is this because I suffer from Occipital Neuralgia Nerve Migraine headaches?

Occipital Neuralgia: involves the greater and lesser occipital nerves located in the back of the scalp and can produce neck pain as well as headache. The most common symptom is suboccipital pain radiating to the back of the head and occasionally down the back of the neck. This is treatable condition. Rec. see orofacial pain or pain management specialist. ...Read more

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I have occipital neuralgia nerve migraine headaches. Still wondering why I have numbness an it look like I have bell palsy on the right side of my fac?

I have occipital neuralgia nerve migraine headaches. Still wondering why I have numbness an it look like I have bell palsy on the right side of my fac?

Occipital neuralgia.: This is difficult situation to give a simple answer and I would suggest seeing a neurologist for complete evaluation and explanation. ...Read more

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