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I just noticed my sons occipital bone is protruding. It has never been this big. I am a hairdresser and I give him a haircut monthly and have noticed?

I just noticed my sons occipital bone is protruding. It has never been this big. I am a hairdresser and I give him a haircut monthly and have noticed?

Protruding bone: If you feel there is a definite change in the size and shape of your sons occipital bone, than have him evaluated by a doctor and possibly an x-ray would be warranted to assure all is stable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Why is an injury to the occipital bone fatal?

Why is an injury to the occipital bone fatal?

IS IT?: Who says it is? Like with any injury it is not always, but is trauma is serious one bleeds inside the brain or between the brain and bone and the pressure generated causes what is called heriation. ...Read more

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Why could a crushing injury to the occipital bone often be fatal?

Why could a crushing injury to the occipital bone often be fatal?

Brain damage: The occipital bone is one of the bones of the skull, located in the back of the head. It is overlying structures in the brain (like the brainstem) that are critical to life. If those areas of the brain are damaged by a crushing injury to the occipital bone, the patient could die. ...Read more

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Firm and movable lump on the left of my occipital bone. What could it be???

Firm and movable lump on the left of my occipital bone. What could it be???

Lump: It may be a cyst or a lipoma. Both would be somewhat soft and rubbery though. It is best to get it checked by your PCP and then decide whether it needs to be removed or biopsied.
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Can you explain to me why crushing injury to the occipital bone is often fatal?

Can you explain to me why crushing injury to the occipital bone is often fatal?

Sensitive are: The occipital bone houses the exit of the medulla, which controls functions like breathing & hear rate. It also protects the cerebellum, which coordinates motor function, as well as the visual cortex. Hemorrhage or crush in these area has a high chance of causing major, irreversible brain injury. They are tight spaces in the brain and do not tolerate swelling/injury etc. ...Read more

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I got a sharp pain in my occipital bone that lasted about 5-10m, and have been getting pain all over the right side of my face (just pinches)help?

I got a sharp pain in my occipital bone that lasted about 5-10m, and have been getting pain all over the right side of my face (just pinches)help?

See a doctor: Unless you have had head or neck trauma or have cervical spine disease, the constellation of symptoms you describe is non-specific. If it persists please see your family doctor. Best wishes ...Read more

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The back of my head, center, above occipital bone, it burns. I feel an indentation where the burning is, and there is no visible sign of any irritant.

The back of my head, center, above occipital bone, it burns. I feel an indentation where the burning is, and there is no visible sign of any irritant.

Burning: If careful inspection of the scalp in that area doesn't reveal any inflammation of the skin, your symptom may be caused by an irritable or slightly inflamed superficial nerve of the scalp. It should resolve and doesn't appear to be a serious condition. Avoid pressure on that area of your scalp. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my occipital bone. It is hard, non movable, painless, and is on the left side. What could It be? I suffer from constant all over pain

I have a lump on my occipital bone. It is hard, non movable, painless, and is on the left side. What could It be? I suffer from constant all over pain

Occipital lumps: The most common cause for an occipital lump is trauma, from either direct bang or from a MVA. The two most common causes for systemic pains is Lyme Disease and Mold toxicity. Get checked ...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

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Hard lump on left occipital bone, no/very dull pain and increased discomfort when pressure is applied. One on right side but smaller, not symmetrical?

Fasciitis vs node: The insertions of the muscles that extend the neck - trapezius, splenius and semispinalis capitus insert on the occiput and when you evaluate 10 people a day with cervicalgia or neck pain you discover how universal myofascial tenderness and nodularity are in this region. That's why people benefit from simple head and neck massage. It might also be a posterior cervical lymph node draining the scalp ...Read more

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My son has a bump or lump on the back of his head (occipital bone) it seems to come and go away. It does not hurt when he touches it. Should I be worr?

My son has a bump or lump on the back of his head (occipital bone) it seems to come and go away. It does not hurt when he touches it. Should I be worr?

Simple vs serious: Our bodies always have things that grow and change. Skin, fat, muscle, lymph nodes, bones, can change shape, get larger, more prominent due to many factors. The vast majority are not cancer but simply unusual growths like fatty tumors, cysts, skin tags, moles, etc. Most cause no symptoms and can be watched. If they cause symptoms or change colors, bleed, bruise or hurt, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a 1cm non painful moveable firm lump in the occipital bone region on the right side of head it doesn't hurt don't know what it is any advice?

Hmm: Could be a cyst, lipoma or lymph node. If not extremely painful I would wait and see your primary doctor for a full check up. Good luck. ...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 don't 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 don't 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 and my occipital bone has a small dime size lump that hurts to touch. Having headaches and neck pain?

Woke up and my occipital bone has a small dime size lump that hurts to touch. Having headaches and neck pain?

Possibly lymph node: This could be from an insect bite, a lymph node or a small abscess in a hair follicle. Apply heat and give it a couple of days. If it doesn't go away, or gets worse, have a doctor take a look. ...Read more

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I've been told that there is only one doctor who will operate on the occipital bone. Bump on my head that is in the center bottom of Occipital bone?

I've been told that there is only one doctor who will operate on the occipital bone. Bump on my head that is in the center bottom of Occipital bone?

Why needed?: Do you gave a terribly deformed occipital bone? If it's simply a minor cosmetic problem, then best to leave well enough alone. You say "there is only one doctor who will operate": is your problem so rare there is a lack of experienced doctors; or is it because experienced doctors disapprove? I suspect they disapprove. Unless you have a serious deformity, I think you should too. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have a large dent on the left and right side of skull bellow my occipital bone. Just showed up over night? What has caused this? The Depo-Provera shot?

Nothing: In the absence of a traumatic event, you have probably just noticed this normal formation of the human skull. Check it out on others to compare. ...Read more

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Swollen occipital bone and nodes near it very itchy, also itchy rash all over my body. What can I do.

Swollen occipital bone and nodes near it very itchy, also itchy rash all over my body. What can I do.

Nondiagnostic: Without inspecting the type of rash, no specific diagnosis can be made. The lymph nodes are most likely reacting to the rash itself. I recommend a consultation by your physician or dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime try antihistamine like benadryl (causes drowsiness) or Claritin (loratadine) which doesn't cause drowsiness. Try to think of any new exposure to foods or other substances. ...Read more

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Good evening I have cervical node swelling on the left side of my neck and swelling and tenderness on my occipital bone what can this be please?

Examination: At your age the safest thing to do would be to make an appointment soon with your doctor to take a history, examine you and if necessary, lab work or imaging. The diagostic list of these symptoms changes priority with age. May be something very benign and self limited, but this venue is limited. ...Read more

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Got an bone hard lump on left backside of head above the occipital bone with burning sensation there and on my neck and shoulders. Any ideas?

Got an bone hard lump on left backside of head above the occipital bone with burning sensation there and on my neck and shoulders. Any ideas?

Superior trapezius: The unifying symptom you describe is the broad region of discomfort. This muscle runs throughout the region you describe. Perhaps is spasm in this muscle with tendonitis where it connects to the occipital skull. Your signs and symptoms are odd, and you should see an osteopath to sort this out. ...Read more

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I have pain around my occipital bone and the neck, I feel imbalance when standing, often I feel like my brain is floating, dizziness and blurred vision?

I have pain around my occipital bone and the neck, I feel imbalance when standing, often I feel like my brain is floating, dizziness and blurred vision?

Possibilities: Talk to your doctor about it and consider getting an mri. You could have a tumor, chiari malformation, etc. You could also have positional low blood pressure or low intracranial pressure. ...Read more

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My 10 week old has grape sized hard lump behind right ear along occipital bone that seems to have grown. No pain or any symptoms, what could this be?

My 10 week old has grape sized hard lump behind right ear along occipital bone that seems to have grown. No pain or any symptoms, what could this be?

Ear infection: Many ear infections can be associated with lymph node enlargement, but the placement of this swelling can be the start of a mastoid bone inflammation or infection. Make sure you have the pediatrician look at this immediately ...Read more

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I have an occipital bone fracture that extends into the condyle. It's been 3 months but the CT said I still have the fracture. What would be the treat?

Skull fracture: Occipital bone referring to the base of the skull fracture and extending into the condyle. Most fratcure of the skull are evaulated for depression into the brain. After 3 months if you have a skull fracture and no treatment has been required then your doctor will most likely continue observation. Follwo the disharge instructions your trauma doctor or hospital gave you. Bring a friend to help. ...Read more

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Stiff neck, pins and needles in head, left and right templesometime hurt and right hand gets numb, 3days ago I got a pain in the occipital bone. Help?

Stiff neck, pins and needles in head, left and right templesometime hurt and right hand gets numb, 3days ago I got a pain in the occipital bone. Help?

Pins & Needles: And the other symptoms you mention indicate the need for you to see your doctor. Once you know the cause you can do treatment. This could be due to migraine, pinched nerves, or something more. Please keep mind-body help in mind. If migraine or in need of pain management you can see a clinical psychologist who treats those situations. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have swollen glands in my r groin, l nipple and back of my neck near my occipital bone. All areas are painful and sensitive. Could it be from general liver detoxing?

I have swollen glands in my r groin, l nipple and back of my neck near my occipital bone. All areas are painful and sensitive. Could it be from general liver detoxing?

No.: There is no such thing as "general liver detoxing" that would cause any symptoms. Multiple swollen, tender glands sounds more like an infection. See your doctor if it persists. ...Read more

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My infant has a trail bone sticking out of her anal part. It's protruding and can be felt. How serious is this?

My infant has a trail bone sticking out of her anal part. It's protruding and can be felt. How serious is this?

Not serious: Until an infant gains more weight and body fat, it is common for the tailbone to be very prominent and easily palpable. Please review your concerns to her doctor at her next weight or well child check. ...Read more

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What causes bone deformation? I look at my pinkies & they both have like a protruding bone sticking out the sides? Other fingers look similar kinda.

What causes bone deformation? I look at my pinkies & they both have like a protruding bone sticking out the sides? Other fingers look similar kinda.

Ans: Well several possibilities. Trauma of course. Do you have any underlying illnesses? You are best to see your doctor for a good history and physical. ...Read more