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Doctor insights on: Painful Swelling On Back Of Head

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad on left side of skull?

What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad on left side of skull?

Cyst or lymph node: Usually this is a sebaceous cyst or an enlarged lymph node. A medical exam is needed to tell. The cyst can be removed. An enlarged lymph node usually gets better with time but sometimes needs an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Pain and pressure at back of head all day, getting worse and body weakness. Never had before. Could it be anuerysm or brain swelling?

Pain and pressure at back of head all day, getting worse and body weakness. Never had before. Could it be anuerysm or brain swelling?

M.D. visit: Your symptoms are of concern, and there are several neurologic conditions that may cause your pain and weakness. I would suggest that you call your doctor or obtain a check up at the ed. It may also be caused by something less serious such as a muscle spasm. It is best to be checked as soon as you can. ...Read more

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My right occipital node is swollen and very painful. My entire head aches. The swelling occurred within one day. I'm fatigued and a bit blurry eyed.

My right occipital node is swollen and very painful. My entire head aches. The swelling occurred within one day. I'm fatigued and a bit blurry eyed.

Did u have a recent: Cold? Or allergies? Lymph nodes tend to get swollen or tender whenever there is some form of immune challenge as above, usually not by themselves. See your doctor to have it evaluated fully, and they can do a head, eyes, ear, nose, throat exam to see what might be causing it, and treat it quickly. This can cause fatigue, and may or may not be related to your eye/vision issues. ...Read more

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Inside of my mouth in the back is hard. No tooth pain no swelling but radiating pain in nrck, shoulders and back of head.?

Inside of my mouth in the back is hard. No tooth pain no swelling but radiating pain in nrck, shoulders and back of head.?

See Oral Surgeon: Anything hard other than a boney outgrowth of the jaw is something to be considered seriously. I'd recommend seeing an oral surgeon or ENT as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Two painful dents my head (fontanelle area) last year, naseous had slight dents and swelling in areas of my face. Doc cudnt diagnose. Back again?

Two painful dents my head (fontanelle area) last year, naseous had slight dents and swelling in areas of my face. Doc cudnt diagnose. Back again?

Your fontanelles: Should be closed, I would see primary care doctor for exam. Swelling may be allergy, but dents seem weird, get in to doctor they may not be related or they may. Get checked out for answers ...Read more

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What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

Most lumps, benign: Don't start worrying. The majority of small bumps on your head would be benign (not cancer). Lumps that can be tender are cysts, lymph nodes and less likely lipomas. Still, hard to evaluate it over the net. See your primary md who can take a good history and examen you. Given your presentation it sounds more like lymph nodes. You want to make sure its nothing scary ...Read more

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What would cause lymph nodes to swell on back of head. Under 1.5 CM but on both sides. Swell up and down.?

What would cause lymph nodes to swell on back of head. Under 1.5 CM but on both sides. Swell up and down.?

Lymph node swelling: Lymph nodes are part of your body's natural defense against both infections and foreign objects. Around the neck and head is the most common place for them to enlarge since they help to fight colds, ear infections, sinus infections, scalp infections, and dental. Enlarged lymph nodes in the back of your head usually come from scalp infections, ear infections (sometimes just from ear rings). ...Read more

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What causes painful muscle spasm in back of head?

What causes painful muscle spasm in back of head?

Several things: It could be due to trauma, like whiplash injuries or heavy work. Neck degenerative arthritis can do this. Irritation of some of the small nerves to the neck muscles are a possibility. If it is not getting better, talk to your primary doctor or a specialist who takes care of neck problems. ...Read more

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I have triple eyelid for 4 days, no swelling not painful, but feeling the skin surrounding is dry, how to get it back to normal?

I have triple eyelid for 4 days, no swelling not painful, but feeling the skin surrounding is dry, how to get it back to normal?

Try a moisturizer: It sounds like you may be having a reaction to something that you've come into contact with. Eyelids are often irritated by something on the hands such as soaps, cleaning solutions, etc, because we often rub our eyes with our hands. I suggest trying not to touch your eyelids and frequently apply a moisturizer such as an eye lubricant or vaseline. See a physician if not improving. ...Read more

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Small painful lump on back of head, about level with ears more to the left side. No injury? What is it and what do I do about it?

Small painful lump on back of head, about level with ears more to the left side. No injury? What is it and what do I do about it?

Lymph node swelling: This could be a swollen lymph node, which could be infected or swollen because of inflammation or infection on your scalp or ear. It could also be an insect bite. You should have your doctor examine you, so that you can be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Painful, swollen bump on back of leg (profile pic). Major swelling under skin. Bug bite? Spider? Tick? How should I go about treating it? Thanks!

Painful, swollen bump on back of leg (profile pic). Major swelling under skin. Bug bite? Spider? Tick? How should I go about treating it? Thanks!

See your doc: Consultants on this public site do not have access to profile uploads. To us you are a 29 yo female, period. Your description provides enough information that your issue deserves a consultation with your doc who can see the problem and review your history. Good luck. There is an affiliated site, Healthtap Prime, where an accepting physician could review your case, but that paid site differs ...Read more

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Hard painful lump on back of head along hair line. Hard and painfull to the touch. Accompanied by headache. What could this be? Medical atn nesesary?

Cyst or abscess?: It is possible that you could have a cyst, infected hair, or abscess that is causing your symptoms. Please see your doctor for proper treatment. It may include antibiotics or it may need incision and drainage. ...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