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In severe roll-over car accident. Severe pain at (r) base of skull persists after 4 mths. Can't turn my neck. Work comp won't pay for mri. What to do?

In severe roll-over car accident. Severe pain at (r) base of skull persists after 4 mths. Can't turn my neck. Work comp won't pay for mri. What to do?

Several options: You can ask your physician to try an supply further documentation in support of the indications for a mri. You can ask your physician to obtain a second opinion to support this request. If you have an attorney, you can ask the attorney to get involved. You can write to your local state elected representative to intervene. If still denied, your insurance if you have coverage, then has to cover. ...Read more

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Having severe neck pain at base of my skull/neck. Had a small kink & used vibrating massager on it 4 days ago. Cant move neck much. What did I do?!!

Having severe neck pain at base of my skull/neck. Had a small kink & used vibrating massager on it 4 days ago. Cant move neck much. What did I do?!!

See ortho: If you have had problem moving your neck for 4 days, it is time to consult an orthopedic surgeon. Have you tried heating pad? ...Read more

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I have a right vad from subclavian artery to base of skull. I suffer severe neck & head pain esp from exertion. Mri's show my left artery is getting bigger. Will l ever be ok? Can any dr help me?

I have a right vad from subclavian artery to base of skull. I suffer severe neck & head pain esp from exertion. Mri's show my left artery is getting bigger. Will l ever be ok? Can any dr help me?

MRA: This is a complex case and must be followed by a neurosurgeon with routine MRI and mra stdues. This is a subspecialty issue and quite complex. Get a neurosurgical consultation. ...Read more

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I have dull headaches which are now more sharp. I hear high pitched ringing in ears and also buzzing. I feel a sharp neck pain at base of skull. Could it be a TMJ flare up? What should I do?

I have dull headaches which are now more sharp. I hear high pitched ringing in ears and also buzzing. I feel a sharp neck pain at base of skull. Could it be a TMJ flare up? What should I do?

Likely TMJ: Headaches and ear pain are many of the presenting chief complaints of patients with tmj. You can sort out the ringing by protruding your jaw forward when the ringing occurs. It protrusion of you jaw changes or eliminates the ringing sound then there is a jaw connection. Either way you should see a dentist specially trained in tmj. ...Read more

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Why would I have a headache at the base of skull where neck meets on the sides just off center?

Why would I have a headache at the base of skull where neck meets on the sides just off center?

The following may be: If a quite focal headache over the back of skull, could be occipital neuralgia, perhaps there is a problem in your neck such as a facet arthropathy, or a disc rupture. Perhaps this is a muscle contraction headache or even an atypical migraine. See your doctor, get examined and even get imaging studies. ...Read more

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Weird fizzling, like pop rock candy, base of skull up and down neck, can feel and hear it, happens frequently, what is it?

Weird fizzling, like pop rock candy, base of skull up and down neck, can feel and hear it, happens frequently, what is it?

Facet joints: When you move your neck like that you'll hear your facet joints crackling. Very common, nothing to worry about. If you have neck pain, there are treatments targeting the facet joints. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Pain above bellybutton just 2 the right, pain in my right neck & shoulder w/ ntermittent pain in neck like jabs? I get h/a on r side of base of skull

Pain above bellybutton just 2 the right, pain in my right neck & shoulder w/ ntermittent pain in neck like jabs? I get h/a on r side of base of skull

Depends: It depends on the severity of the pain and truly how long it has lasted. If it has been consistent (non-stop) pain after 2-3 days then I would go see a doctor. If it woke you up at night and hasn't went away by morning then I would go see a doctor. It really depends on how you are feeling and what you feel is the best time. ...Read more

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Lump in base of skull neck and experiencing headache, what's wrong?

Lump in base of skull neck and experiencing headache, what's wrong?

Possible: Localized spasm and inflammation of the muscle where it attaches to the skull due to persistent strain from poor posture or something completely different. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Stiffness in upper neck, base of skull. I've had it for about 2 months, can not find any relief. Stabbing pains +can hardly move head?

Stiffness in upper neck, base of skull. I've had it for about 2 months, can not find any relief. Stabbing pains +can hardly move head?

Myofascial: This could be many things, from a simple sprain strain to myofascial neck pain to occipital neuralgia. Would advise you see a physiatrist or neurologist, who will determine first whether or not you need a ct scan of the head done, based on the severity and pattern of your headaches. ...Read more

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Feels like there is a bruise on the back of my neck. It's at base of skull to the left of my spine. Started 2 days ago.

Feels like there is a bruise on the back of my neck. It's at base of skull to the left of my spine. Started 2 days ago.

Often myofascial: If this is spontaneous neck pain, no injury, it is likely myofascial - pain in the soft tissues of the neck. Benign condition. Often treated with heat, ice and OTC medications. Stretching often helps. If it persists, have it examined by a physician ...Read more

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Neck tension base of skull causes intial deafness then noises appear acutely painfull -the smallest sounds appear magnified -duration 30 minutes -thanks?

Change in hearing: A complex problem. There is a condition called hyperacusis. At first it may be short lasting. Most commonly it ocurs after a infection, noise injury or head trauma or whiplash. Does any of this sound familiar? ...Read more

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Fizzling, air bubbles/bubbling fluid...episodes from base of skull through back of neck, NOT bone cracking, I can feel it flow?

Fizzling, air bubbles/bubbling fluid...episodes from base of skull through back of neck, NOT bone cracking, I can feel it flow?

See your doctor: A doctor will need to do an examination and get a full history from you in order to diagnose the symptoms you are describing. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in neck cause colored sparks in vision constantly? I also have a lot of muscle spasms at the base of skull causing it to knot

Could a pinched nerve in neck cause colored sparks in vision constantly? I also have a lot of muscle spasms at the base of skull causing it to knot

Nerve impingement: Of the neck is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the us. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. It can cause severe vision impairment and muscle spasms. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist for further investigation. ...Read more

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I'm an ED RN - a few of my healthy patients while getting rapid IV fluids have described a "bubbly sensation" in back of neck/base of skull, any idea?

I'm an ED RN - a few of my healthy patients while getting rapid IV fluids have described a "bubbly sensation" in back of neck/base of skull, any idea?

Not sure: I'm trying to think of a physiological reason why this may occur, and I'm out of ideas. If you are infusing iso-osmotic solutions at rapid rates, there should be no/minimal shifts of electrolytes across the blood brain barrier (not to mention that this would not be sensed by most people). ...Read more

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I don't think I'm a candidate for chiropractic because I'm worse and experienceing neck pain at the base of skull and dizziness what do I do?

I don't think I'm a candidate for chiropractic because I'm worse and experienceing neck pain at the base of skull and dizziness what do I do?

See details: You see your primary care doctor, an orthopedist or a rheumatologist and have it evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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My 6 year old girl has been complaining of neck pain. I thought maybe molars causing the pain cause it's at base of skull and down. Need to worry?

My 6 year old girl has been complaining of neck pain. I thought maybe molars causing the pain cause it's at base of skull and down. Need to worry?

See md: See your MD, and have a good check up. Maybe muscle strain or may be way your child sleeps--pillow etc. One additional possibility could be eye issues causing her to cock her head to one side to avoid double vision. Any history of trauma? ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Overuse syndrome: Several thoughts, all of which need you to see your regular physician. The training and competition especially with swimming necessitates repetetive motion. Your muscles and fascia have nerves that can become irritated and could require an injection at the base of your head. Occipital neuralgia can easily be diagnosed by a neurologist or physiatrist (rehab specialist). ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

PERHAPS DISC?: Sounds like more than a cervical strain. You may have suffered a disc displacement, but you could have cervical spondyolosis, or even some issues in the proximal brachial plexus. Suggest evaluation with either an md or do physician, and perhaps some films of the neck. ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

MUST c physician: Base of skull is protecting crucial part of your upper spinal cord and portion of your posterior brain, cerebellum, basal ganglia. Stop any movement or manipulation of head and neck, and see physician immediately. Since you will need imaging of cervical spine, probably best to go orthopedist, spine specialist, or er. Get advise from ur primary physician first. This may be more than neck strain! ...Read more

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Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

Neck stiffness/pain began 4days after completing half ironman. Pain turning head & base of skull. Under chirop care but not helping even after 3wks?

MUST c physician: Base of skull is protecting crucial part of your upper spinal cord and portion of your posterior brain, cerebellum, basal ganglia. Stop any movement or manipulation of head and neck, and see physician immediately. Since you will need imaging of cervical spine, probably best to go orthopedist, spine specialist, or er. Get advise from ur primary physician first. This may be more than neck strain! ...Read more

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Mild to moderate dull pain on the left/right muscles of the back base of skull/very very top of neck, exacerbated by movement for a month straight.?

Mild to moderate dull pain on the left/right muscles of the back base of skull/very very top of neck, exacerbated by movement for a month straight.?

Ans: Sounds like you strained your neck. Do you work? What kind of work do you do? Start with heat over the neck and passive neck exercises if discomfort continues see your doctor ...Read more

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Are there lymph nodes in back of neck near base of skull? I have two lumps im going to get checked but no pictures on web shows lymphs nodes are there

Yes: There are lymph nodes at the back of the skull in what is called the occipital chain. They can enalrged with colds and infections of the scalp. ...Read more

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What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull? Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

What is a lump about 3/4" around on the back of neck, base of skull? Your guess cancer or a cyst? 76-year old male

Possibilities: It is possible to have a swollen lymph node in this region (called occipital nodes). It could also be a cyst such as an epidermal or sebaceous cyst. Another option is a (usually) benign fatty tumor called a lipoma. If it is getting larger or is tender/painful, or associated with other similar lumps, I would get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain where head and neck meet in line w r outer corner of eye 6/10 dugs n heat only lessen hurts most to press on area radiates to base of skull?

Pain where head and neck meet in line w r outer corner of eye 6/10 dugs n heat only lessen hurts most to press on area radiates to base of skull?

See headache special: Though your symptoms potentially could be other things the one that most likely strikes me as the most likely organic cause of your problems is some form of headache. If you are using Percocet, acemtaminophen, and Ibuprofen for these headaches more than 10 days per month then, you may actually be precipitating more headaches on the basis of medication rebound. See a headache specialist. ...Read more

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Why do I have dull throbbing pain around top of my neck + base of skull + tops of ears externally with this bad cold? Could something else be wrong?

Why do I have dull throbbing pain around top of my neck + base of skull + tops of ears externally with this bad cold? Could something else be wrong?

Could be anything: Could be any reason...But it is not uncommon for people to experience muscle aches when they are dealing with a viral infection very to similar to the body aches of the flu. Also when people are ill, they tend not to sleep in a normal comfortable position. It could also be stress associated with feeling ill. If it worsen or causes significant concern, see your primary care md. ...Read more