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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Can anyone tell me what causes chronic tension headache when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

Can anyone tell me what causes chronic tension headache when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

Chronic Tension-type: Headache can develop from episodic tension-type headache and the resultant headache is considered a chronic form. The clinical presentation is similar to episodic tth except for the increased frequency of attacks. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles as well as the pericranial muscles. ...Read more

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Can tension headache cause sore spots on scalp?

Can tension headache cause sore spots on scalp?

Not really: It depends on what you are describing as a tension headache, and the characteristics of the pain and location. If the pain is over the area of the "sore spots", you may have a herpetic outbreak in your head that is causing pain. I.E. Shingles. If pain is generalized, it's probably coincidental. ...Read more

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Can a tension headache cause your scalp to be so tender it hurt to brush hair?

Can a tension headache cause your scalp to be so tender it hurt to brush hair?

Absolutely : Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can range in severity from mild to severe and last from a few minutes to days. Affected area is usually skull region and/or neck. When headache occurs, muscles covering the scalp and neck spasm causing pain. Since muscles are located just under the scalp, it can be painful to the touch. Usually responds to over-the-counter pain meds. ...Read more

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What can cause chronic tension headaches when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

What can cause chronic tension headaches when a piece of scalp feels sore and tender?

Could be occipital: Occipital neuralgia is a condition that may cause tenderness on the back of the scalp. It is a little different than a tension headache- the source and treatment are different for example. An injury or problem with the neck is a second possible cause. Tension headache can last this long however and may also be the cause. ...Read more

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So do I have tension headache or muscle soreness from bruxism?

So do I have tension headache or muscle soreness from bruxism?

Myofascial pain: With clenching or bruxism one usually thinks of the massaters as the muscles most involved. This will create pain in the jaw area. Another muscle that also is invoved with clenching is the temporalis. It will cause referred pain in the side of the head and over the eye. This type of referred pain is known as myofascial pain. ...Read more

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I have eye strain and sore spots on my head. Is this a tension headache?

I have eye strain and sore spots on my head. Is this a tension headache?

Maybe: Seems like you are straining to hard to see and so you scrunch up your forehead. So the spot in between your brows get achy. This may drive your Botox bill up later in life ;=) you may need glasses to help you, so you dont have to strain so hard! ...Read more

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Neck/tension headache over a week. Now when lay head back on stuff where skull neck meet is sore. Eds3 syrinx history. Muscle related or other causes?

Neck/tension headache over a week. Now when lay head back on stuff where skull neck meet is sore. Eds3 syrinx history. Muscle related or other causes?

Most likely muscle: While this is most likely muscular pain, any change in back or neck pain when you have history of a syrinx, should be examined to look for any neurologic changes. I would recommend follow up with your neurologist just to be safe. If the pain continues to get better, its less concerning and most likely musculature. If it radiates, causes weakness, gets worse, recommend seeing neurologist sooner. ...Read more

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I have had eye strain and sore spots all over my head.. Is this just a tension headache?

I have had eye strain and sore spots all over my head.. Is this just a tension headache?

Eye strain can: Certainly precipitate tension headaches. The most common locations for tension headaches are the temples and the base of the skull/upper neck. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Tension Headache (Definition)

Tension headache is a condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more