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What causes stiffness in neck and pain in back of head?

What causes stiffness in neck and pain in back of head?

Needs medical eval: Diagnosis of this and any medical condition really needs medical examination, it could simply be cervical or muscular, but whenever stiff neck occurs with new or different quality headaches further neurological testing may be needed. ...Read more

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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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Sore throat and pain in the back of my neck and head with headaches and random bouts of nausea?

Sore throat and pain in the back of my neck and head with headaches and random bouts of nausea?

See MD: If present for more than a week, see MD for exam. Otherwise may be URI which is self limited to about a week. OTC meds. ...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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Sudden severe headache in back of head. What can help?

Sudden severe headache in back of head. What can help?

Severe headache: A headache is a symptom, caused by some underlying condition. Sudden, severe headaches require attention and probable deserve imaging such at cat scans or mris. The best medical consideration is to seek personalized medical advise in a visit to your doctor, where age, family history and a good physical can be obtained. ...Read more

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Having pain head ache on the back of head and neck and feeling dizzy?

Having pain head ache on the back of head and neck and feeling dizzy?

Call you Dr.: If you have tried over the counter analgesics, or heating pads to the neck, etc., and are not any better, there is not much we can do to help you on HealthTap other than telling you to call your Dr. for their input and treatment of your issues. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Pain in neck and back of head, worse with stress?

Pain in neck and back of head, worse with stress?

Stress headaches: Sounds like tension headaches which result from poor posture or maintaining prolonged positioning of neck w/o taking breaks. Neck muscles can spasm and put tension on the back of head. New onset headaches in young females need a workup and braun mri. Also need to consider underlying neck injuries and occipital neuralgia. Bottom line- you need to see a neurologist or a pain specialist. ...Read more

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Back of the neck and head skull pain?

From simple 2 seriou: There are many questions that would need to be asked to give idea what is causing this. It could be neck muscle tension, sinusitis (see my answer relating to referred pain), migraine, tension ha...If associated with sore throat and fever, meningitis. If worst pain ever got there, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or brain aneurysm. Anything suddenly new, or severe, in that area has to be evaluated urgently. ...Read more

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Severe pain at the back of the head and neck?

Severe pain at the back of the head and neck?

Need more info: There can be many causes of severe head and neck pain. As such, these symptoms should be evaluated thoroughly by your primary care physician, neurologist or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist to identify the cause. Once this is determined then appropriate treatment(s) can be considered. i hope all goes well and that you feel better very soon. ...Read more

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Burning back of head and neck. Can't even sleep. Also severe nausea?

Burning back of head and neck.  Can't even sleep.  Also severe nausea?

Nerve impingement: can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. See your dentist for tooth pain. ...Read more

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Moderate headache in eyebrows, back of head and neck. Tension headache? No bother symptoms. Feels like pressure. Also throbbing in nose and teeth.

Moderate headache in eyebrows, back of head and neck. Tension headache? No bother symptoms. Feels like pressure. Also throbbing in nose and teeth.

Yes, TTH: Tension type headache. Many patients feel as if they were wearing a tight hat or having their heads in a vice. The pain is of moderate intensity and does not worsen with routine physical activity. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the temples, cervical muscles (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.:see orofacial pain specialist for treatment. ...Read more

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Can back of the neck pain cause headache and dizziness?

Migraine?: Migraine headache can have symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, neck pain, problems with light or sound, and aura. The neck pain may not cause for headache but the headache may be a cause of the neck pain. ...Read more

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Can muscle spasm in the neck cause ear ache and ache at the back of head?

Can muscle spasm in the neck cause ear ache and ache at the back of head?

Sometimes: Perhaps. May be TMJ. Ear pain, or sounds of cracking in the ears: ringing/popping sounds in the ears (tinnitus) or a sense of fullness in the ears. See TMJ expert if this sounds like you. ...Read more

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Throbbing headache in back of head and forehead and throbbing in face, sore neck, ringing in ears and vision affected ?

Throbbing headache in back of head and forehead and throbbing in face, sore neck, ringing in ears and vision affected ?

You need a consult: to sort out this headache. As you are in Canada, can you not visit a clinic? An examination would be required to really make a diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Awful head ache, which began 7 days ago at base of skull and back of neck. Base of skull and neck pain worse with movement, causes?

Awful head ache, which began 7 days ago at base of skull and back of neck. Base of skull and neck pain worse with movement, causes?

You have been evalau: From your background information I see you have been evaluated. Was the MRI of the brain or the neck? How was the diagnosis of benign intercranial hypertension made? When you discuss this with your physician. Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker and can cause headaches. Was it given for headaches. Your physician can help clarify this. ...Read more

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Sudden severe headache in back of head. Need new pillow?

Sudden severe headache in back of head. Need new pillow?

May be migraine: This kind of headache may be due to pressure on the posterior or crvical branches. Botox injection have been used with some success. Surgical release may be needed. ...Read more

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Experiencing headache and pain in the back of the neck?

Experiencing headache and pain in the back of the neck?

Cervical spine.: That combination of symptoms leads me to think you have cervical spine pathology. This can causer neck pain, of course, as well as a headache that arcs over the head, as if you were putting on a helmet from back to front. ...Read more

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Woke up at 1am w/ a severe headache in the back of my head through my neck. Had toradol &zofran at drs office today but no relief. What else can I do?

Woke up at 1am w/ a severe headache in the back of my head through my neck. Had toradol &zofran at drs office today but no relief. What else can I do?

Let the doc know: You need to let your doctor know. If it is quite unusual for you to have a headache like this then you should go to the er. If it is a typical migraine but won't stop then let your doctor know. I'd call him or her. ...Read more

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Had a severe headache all day..hurts on sides of forehead and back of head towards neck. Already tried pills how else can I relieve it?

Severe Headache: that persists despite medication suggest that you seek medical attention as soon as possible to make certain that something more serious is not going on. ...Read more

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My husband has had severe headache for five days with multiple lumps forming on head and neck.

My husband has had severe headache for five days with multiple lumps forming on head and neck.

Headaches that last: Headaches can be either transient, minutes to hours, or more chronic, as over the course of days. Duration of a headache is important in knowing the cause, as is the nature of the headache (pressure, pounding). Systemic problems related to infection and medication side effects can cause headaches and should be evaluated by a health care provider. Acute changes require more urgent attention. ...Read more

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Why am i having headaches at back of head and neck (stress headaches)?

Why am i having headaches at back of head and neck (stress headaches)?

Stress HA = migraine: Your headaches are almost certainly migraines. Although stress can aggravate them, it is likely that you would still have headaches even if you were completely stress-free. The otc meds you take for the head pain can result in rebound/medication overuse headache. You should see a neurologist and get put on a good preventative agent as well as a good acute headpain med, ie a triptan (ie imitrex). ...Read more

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Have had cervicogenic headaches since 2004.Been on all kinds of medicine and injections in back of head and neck, injections are not working now?

Have had cervicogenic headaches since 2004.Been on all kinds of medicine and injections in back of head and neck, injections are not working now?

See pain doctor: If you haven't already been evaluated by an interventional pain physicians for radiofrequency neurotomies, that should be the next step. If the headaches are truly cervicogenic headaches they may likely be successfully treated with radiofrequency neurotomies. ...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?

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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Woke up w/ headache in left temple,neck hurts, headache in right frontal area. Back of head and neck throbs when I move and walk around?

Woke up w/ headache in left temple,neck hurts, headache in right frontal area. Back of head and neck throbs when I move and walk around?

Go to ER.: If this has happened before, then it is likely from migraine.If this is new especially when there has been a history of recent head trauma, then you should consider going to the ER now. ...Read more

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Undiagnosed headaches for a month. comes and gos back of head and neck,different spots of head. Worried about anuerysm should I just go to ER?

Undiagnosed headaches for a month. comes and gos back of head and neck,different spots of head. Worried about anuerysm should I just go to ER?

Different spots: so not likely. Sounds more like tension headaches. Make an appointment to see your primary care doctor tomorrow. ...Read more

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Is tramadol effective for headache(back of head) and neck pain(tension)..or would a muscle relaxer be more effective?

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Is tramadol effective for headache(back of head) and neck pain(tension)..or would a muscle relaxer be more effective?

Tramadol: Tramadol is a rather unique analgesic drug that is indicated for moderate to moderately severe pain, headache and neck pain included. Tramadol is not technically classified as an opioid analgesic. Instead, it is classified as a centrally acting synthetic analgesic compound and therefore is not a scheduled narcotic drug. ...Read more

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Why do I have sever headaches in back of head and neck blurred vision vomiting and sensitivity to light ?

Why do I have sever headaches in back of head and neck blurred vision vomiting and sensitivity to light ?

Occipital?: Migraine is most likely, but an occipital source cannot be dismissed. Please make an appointment with your primary care physician or, if you do not have a physician, one of the local hospital (Cottage, Goleta Valley) emergency rooms can help. ...Read more

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Sudden severe headache in back of head. What can help?

Severe headache: A headache is a symptom, caused by some underlying condition. Sudden, severe headaches require attention and probable deserve imaging such at cat scans or mris. The best medical consideration is to seek personalized medical advise in a visit to your doctor, where age, family history and a good physical can be obtained. ...Read more

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Sudden severe headache in back of head. Need new pillow?

May be migraine: This kind of headache may be due to pressure on the posterior or crvical branches. Botox injection have been used with some success. Surgical release may be needed. ...Read more

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Having pain head ache on the back of head and neck and feeling dizzy?

Call you Dr.: If you have tried over the counter analgesics, or heating pads to the neck, etc., and are not any better, there is not much we can do to help you on HealthTap other than telling you to call your Dr. for their input and treatment of your issues. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Mauskop
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Headache (Worst Ever) (Definition)

Severe headache is a symptom in which a person has great pain in his head. Severe headache is usually an emergency. Causes include meningitis, bleeding in the brain, trauma, brain tumors, etc. ...Read more