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Doctor insights on: Occipital Headaches Symptoms

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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Headache that begins in the occipital and radiates to the right eye or borh, which can be? I do not have symptoms, and it happen 4 or 5 times a day.

Headache that begins in the occipital and radiates to the right eye or borh, which can be? I do not have symptoms, and it happen 4 or 5 times a day.

See your PCP: Any headache must be viewed as a valid medical disorder and the headache assessment must be comprehensive. See your PCP for headache evaluation, tests and treatment options. ...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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Headaches in back of head stiff neck cold sweats and back pains are symptoms of what?

Headaches in back of head stiff neck cold sweats and back pains are symptoms of what?

Be checked.: While there are many very benign causes to what you are describing (such as cervical disc disease), i would recommend being checked. Although not real common, neck pain, stiffness, headaches and cold sweats could be a sign of some conditions which are much more serious, even life threatening such as meningitis. Be checked. ...Read more

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Are headaches in the back of head, lightheadedness and nausea common symptoms of hyperparathyroidism?

Are headaches in the back of head, lightheadedness and nausea common symptoms of hyperparathyroidism?

Hyperparathyroidism: Your symptoms could be those of hyperparathyroidism (h). The diagnosis of h is easy. Ask your doctor to obtain a intact pth, calcium (c), phosphorus (p) and Albumin levels to see if your PTH is elevated at the same time your c is, along with a low p. The Albumin is drawn to arrive at a corrected level of c. If these values are not present, you do not have h. Speak to your physician and good luck. ...Read more

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Tiny jabs of pain in back of head when i walk (only today) woke up with headache/still have it pain is (1-2) . No oth symptoms. Tumor/aneurysm? Help!

Tiny jabs of pain in back of head when i walk (only today) woke up with headache/still have it pain is  (1-2) . No oth symptoms. Tumor/aneurysm? Help!

Not likely: By the time you read this answer your pain is probably gone. If not, see your primary care physician. Most common causes of the type of pain you describe is muscular. Aneurysm rupture is rarely missed - you would be super sick in a hurry. Tumors often cause no symptoms whatsoever. If not better in a few days, see your neurologist. ...Read more

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Do i have a sinus or migraine headache?Head hurts right side, behind my right eye, back of head. Light sensitive, no other sinus symptoms

Do i  have a sinus or migraine headache?Head hurts right side, behind my right eye, back of head. Light sensitive, no other sinus symptoms

Migraine ?: Many patients with pain in the sinus area of the face or around the eyes are often diagnosed with a “sinus headache.” however, recent epidemiological studies revealed that 42-62% of patients with these symptoms met the ihs criteria for migraine without aura but received a diagnosis of “sinus headaches” resulting in incorrect treatment. Rec. See headache or orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more

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Hit back of head on table- pain & a bump but no bleeding, dizziness, vision issues, other headache, etc. Briefly felt Very slightly dazed. I'm planning to wait tonight and go to the doctor tomorrow if I have/develop worrying symptoms. Is this okay?

Hit back of head on table- pain & a bump but no bleeding, dizziness, vision issues, other headache, etc. Briefly felt Very slightly dazed. I'm planning to wait tonight and go to the doctor tomorrow if I have/develop worrying symptoms. Is this okay?

Yes: As long as not vomiting or severe headache or dizzy it is best to rest and put ice on your head and take some tylenol (acetaminophen). Sounds like you may have a mild concussion. ONly reason I could think which would warrant immediate attention with your current symptoms is if you were on a blood thinner. ...Read more