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Have neck & back pain, pinching pains in scalp. Was stretching after sitting in awkward position. & felt pressure in base of neck & felt it pulsate. Back of head too. Then dizzy when I stood. Ideas?

Have neck & back pain, pinching pains in scalp. Was stretching after sitting in awkward position. & felt pressure in base of neck & felt it pulsate. Back of head too. Then dizzy when I stood. Ideas?

Pulled muscle: The first thing to consider is a pulled muscle. You put some ice on the area that hurts when you have an acute injury and do repeated ice for the next couple of days but after 36 hours and you can use heat. If your symptoms don't improve you need to discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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Internal tremor, wobbly feeling, headaches, nause weak legs, pulsating back of head, cold feeling back of head, numbness round head, 6 months ongoing?

Internal tremor, wobbly feeling, headaches, nause weak legs, pulsating back of head, cold feeling back of head, numbness round head, 6 months ongoing?

Tremor, wobbly: Do you take any medications or street drugs, alcohol, marijuana? Such kind symptoms are often associate with medication, especially illicit drug use. Small dose of ssri, such as Celexa (citalopram) for anxiety control might be helpful. ...Read more

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I feel a pulsating vein in back of my head left side at night sometimes is that bad or is it just normal sometimes?

I feel a pulsating vein in back of my head left side at night sometimes is that bad or is it just normal sometimes?

Likely normal: It can be absolutely normal to be aware of your own pulse or feel a vein spasm intermittently. If the pulsation is painful, unremitting or has any associated symptoms it would be a good idea to speak with your doctor about the matter. ...Read more

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I have been having this pulsating feeling in the back of my head that seems to get worse when I lie down but I can still feel it sometimes during the day. Also, I have been getting this tingliness in my arms. Do you know what could be causing this?

I have been having this pulsating feeling in the back of my head that seems to get worse when I lie down but I can still feel it sometimes during the day. Also, I have been getting this tingliness in my arms. Do you know what could be causing this?

Vascular defect?: Pulsation is suggestive of a blood vessel disorder. An aneurysm or vascular malformation may be involved. These may be located in the back of the brain and cause the type of symptoms you describe. A good quality MRI and mra may be appropriate. However, first a thorough neurological evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Having periodic episodes of pulsating pain on left side of head starting from temporal area and rushing sensation to back of head. Need for worry?

Headache: You experience some from of headache, need more information to narrow down to the diagnosis. How long? How often? Any associated symptoms and so on. Based on the type the prognosis and the treatment could be planned ...Read more

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Vibrating, pulsating sensation in brain/skull. Sides and back of head, mostly right side. Few times a month. Have JME. Cause for concern?

Vibrating, pulsating sensation in brain/skull. Sides and back of head, mostly right side. Few times a month. Have JME. Cause for concern?

See a Neurologist: Vibrating on one side of head indicate an injury that you had in the past. Do you recall any injury in the past when you were a child? ...Read more

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Dull throbbing mostly (left)back of head. Seem to worsen when touch, abit dizzy. Better when lying down. Spend time on phone. Possible causes n how to ease?

Dull throbbing mostly (left)back of head. Seem to worsen when touch, abit dizzy. Better when lying down. Spend time on phone. Possible causes n how to ease?

Muscle pain: Seems like a muscle issue (strain or sprain). I think some warm compresses and some Motrin or tylenol is in order. The fact that you talk on the phone often can affect your posture and help cause the problem. Be aware of your posture. Get a headset if you need to be hands free on the phone and perhaps you sit up straighter and not develop this pain. Warm compresses and cold ones can be done. ...Read more

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Dull pulsing pain feels like someone flicking on the inside of head. Right side in middle of head between temple and back of head. One spot comes n goes?

Dull pulsing pain feels like someone flicking on the inside of head. Right side in middle of head between temple and back of head. One spot comes n goes?

Insufficient data: Your description is just the beginning of the process, not the end. If you’re really bothered or concerned, you need to be seen by a live doctor in a brick-and-mortar office who will take a thorough history and do an examination. Don’t expect to get any really helpful information from a HealthTap post of this nature. That is not the function of this website. It’s not a doctor-substitute. ...Read more

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Have head tension/pressure, applied heat pad now have throbbing in back of head and neck. Why is that? Is this serious?

Headaches/Neck pain: The association of headaches and neck pain may be seen in cases of tension, problems with posture, lack of sleep, and with trauma or lesions of the cervical spine. The most appropriate course of action is seeing a medical doctor to start a diagnostic process and treatment. Chiropractic doctors may help the posture and release tension in neck and back. Exercise and relaxation are very helpful. ...Read more

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Would looking down at a tablet for a couple hours cause a throbbing painful headache at the back of head and neck the next day?

Would looking down at a tablet for a couple hours cause a throbbing painful headache at the back of head and neck the next day?

Tablet neck.: Yes. Holding your head down at that tablet-using angle puts a tremendous strain on the neck muscles, which are charged with holding the head in that unnatural position. This will cause pain. ...Read more

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Are headaches at back of head (occasionally throbbing) migraines or tension? (not exactly nauseous, but just don't feel like eating, even if hungry.)

Are headaches at back of head (occasionally throbbing) migraines or tension? (not exactly nauseous, but just don't feel like eating, even if hungry.)

Mix of both: You probably have some manifestations of migraine, but perhaps tension components also, and term "mixed headache syndrome" might apply. Meds designed for migraine abatement or prevention might break up your pattern. ...Read more

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Have a bad throbbing pain in back of head and a hard small lump on my right side where the pain is. Can this be a migraine?

Have a bad throbbing pain in back of head and a hard small lump on my right side where the pain is. Can this be a migraine?

Coincidental lump?: Your headache has some features of migraine including being unilateral (one sided) and throbbing. However, there are multiple types of headaches which can share these features as well. None of the classical headache types are associated with a "hard small lump" on the same side of the headache. For this reason you should consult a doctor to determine if this is related or just a coincidental. ...Read more

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Weird feeling in the back of head after throbbing. Now have slight throb in the left temple. Neck and shoulder pain too.

C-spine disease: This sounds more like a cervical radiculopathy type of pain with a resultant tension type of headache and radiation of the nerve to the shoulders. Still you have to be seen so as not to miss anything more severe. A good exam and a good advise is best as the pain may be simple to treat as a symptom but the underlying disease may not be as easy. Go to your md. ...Read more

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Have a lump on the back of head, to the left of my external occipital protuberance. It has slight throbbing pain to touch. Noticed this for a year.

Have a lump on the back of head, to the left of my external occipital protuberance. It has slight throbbing pain to touch. Noticed this for a year.

Occipital pain: Pain with swelling at this location can be a simple scalp or muscle condition or can be a more serious condition such as irritation of the greater occipital nerve. Because this has been going on for so long it would be best to be evaluated by a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Is throbbing vessels in back of head a cardio issue? Get head rushes from stress, exercise, heat, hot shower and can feel heartbeat in back of head.

Is throbbing vessels in back of head a cardio issue? Get head rushes from stress, exercise, heat, hot shower and can feel heartbeat in back of head.

Several possibilitie: Does not sound cardiac! More like atypical migraine, histamine headache, and even more serious, temporal arteritis, which affects blood vessels in the cranium, other than the temporal artery. You need a thorough medical evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is permanent sharp throbbing pain in one side of the head, neck and back pain and scalp sensitive to touch and painful symptoms of occipital neuralgia?

Is permanent sharp throbbing pain in one side of the head, neck and back pain and scalp sensitive to touch and painful symptoms of occipital neuralgia?

Yes and No: It could be occipital neuralgia, however neck and back pain are not typical symptoms. I would suggest having your neck evaluated as well since many of those nerves can travel to both the neck, back and head to cause the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in lower left side on back of head while having an orgasm recently I have been experiencing a sharp, throbbing pain in the back of my head (lower left side...Below the back of my left ear). This only occurs during an orgasm, and goes away when

Sharp pain in lower left side on back of head while having an orgasm recently I have been experiencing a sharp, throbbing pain in the back of my head (lower left side...Below the back of my left ear). This only occurs during an orgasm, and goes away when

There: There is such a thing as a "coital headache", that occurs during orgasm. That said, the most reasonable thing, with any new headache or change in headache patterns, is to see your physician to rule out any serious cause of headaches. Coital headache can be treated safely with medications. ...Read more

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Headache that started around eye, pain in back of head down neck, progressed hours later to other side of neck, now have throbbing headache, eye hurts?

Headache that started around eye, pain in back of head down neck, progressed hours later to other side of neck, now have throbbing headache, eye hurts?

Consider migraine: migraine headaches often cause a throbbing headache, associated with nausea and sensitivity to light or sound. Each person's initial presentation can vary. Migraine headaches generally last 4-72 hours and are the cause of significant loss of work and personal time. If you have these headaches on a regular basis, please consult your primary care physician ...Read more

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Large painful, throbbing lump in back of head and neck, hair loss in same spot, and migraines everyday in the exact location.

Large painful, throbbing lump in back of head and neck, hair loss in same spot, and migraines everyday in the exact location.

It may be a cyst: In the skin of your scalp. If you have a mass there got checked out by your primary doctor, it could be as simple as a skin cyst that can be quickly removed. ...Read more