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Why does thunder now cause post-concussion headache & tender scalp for me? What does this mean?

Why does thunder now cause post-concussion headache & tender scalp for me? What does this mean?

Muscle contraction: Concussions often make people increasingly sensitive to sudden loud noised such as thunder. The thunder is making you anxious, triggering a muscle contraction heaache. ...Read more

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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I have started having scalp tenderness with my headaches. It is only on my right side. Also the headaches are one sides from behind eye to brow line.

I have started having scalp tenderness with my headaches. It is only on my right side. Also the headaches are one sides from behind eye to brow line.

Your question is...?: You are describing very typical migraine headaches and very common associated scalp tenderness. You already know your headaches are migraines because you take triptans. Whoever is treating your migraines should be knowledgeable enough to answer these questions. If not, you may need a higher level of care: e.g. a neurologist instead of just a PCP. ...Read more

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Having quite continuous head pressure, stiff neck, shoulders, and jaw. Sore scalp, tender areas on scalp, headaches in forehead and behind eyes.

Having quite continuous head pressure, stiff neck, shoulders, and jaw. Sore scalp, tender areas on scalp, headaches in forehead and behind eyes.

Musculoskeletal: 21 yo female with constant head, neck and jaw pain likely has chronic muscle spasm in cervical region, with possible tension muscle headache and/or TMJ. Osteopth is best doctor to evaluate, especially for chronically tilted head and crossed muscle syndrome in the superior trapezium. Evaluation by seasoned Physical Therapist might be useful. ...Read more

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What can cause a sore scalp with or without headache?It happens sometimes but goes away after a day or so.

What can cause a sore scalp with or without headache?It happens sometimes but goes away after a day or so.

Scalp/skin disorder : Perhaps a scalp disorder such as dandruff or psoriasis ..have a dermatologist examine it..if it's not the scalp itself then it's likely a headache ...Read more

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Couple of days ago noticed tender scalp area left side. Today noticed larger area and swelling. Having frequent headaches?

Couple of days ago noticed tender scalp area left side. Today noticed larger area and swelling. Having frequent headaches?

In your temple?: Is it in the temple area? You can have inflammation of the small arteries in the temples that cause pain. You can also have irritation of superficial scalp nerves that cause pain as well. See your doctor to find out what's going on. ...Read more

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Ihave been told I have psorissis on my scalp they said it would be itchy but not sore mine is pain ful and also causes headaches?

Psoriasis: Psoriasis can be sore, especially if there is a superimposed bacterial infection. Please see your dermatologist. You may need a bacterial culture done and some antibiotics in addition to psoriasis treatment. ...Read more

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I have headaches on the right side and my scalp is sore and sometimes numb?

I have headaches on the right side and my scalp is sore and sometimes numb?

Occipital neuralgia : Occipital neuralgia. The greater occipital nerve runs between the muscles of the neck and provides sensation to the scalp behind the ear and up to the back of the head. When the muscles are in spasm, headaches and numbness occurs. The pain is relieved with massage, physical therapy, and injections of the occipital nerve. Sometimes a pinched nerve in the neck (C3/4) can cause similar pain. ...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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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?

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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I have this bump on my scalp under my skin for years Feels like it is getting bigger..tender to touch..no headaches..hurts when I hit it on accident.

I have this bump on my scalp under my skin for years 
Feels like it is getting bigger..tender to touch..no headaches..hurts when I hit it on accident.

Lipoma: You probably have a benign "lipoma" which is a benign (not dangerous) little fatty tumor. They usually don't grow and do not hurt though. The fact that you hit it may make it hurt and if the pain quickly goes away there is no need to worry, but it still should be checked out at some time and your doctor can feel it and in a few minutes confirm it is a benign non worrisome lipoma. ...Read more

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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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Tender&Painful to touch lump on lower left side of scalp, headaches, itching and night sweats?

Tender&Painful to touch lump on lower left side of scalp, headaches, itching and night sweats?

Lump: Please start with a clinic visit to your primary doctor. If she/he can help - great. If not you will be referred to a specialist. Please let me know how this works out. ...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