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I've always had a tender spot on back of head, resting head on hard floors causes discomfort & slight pain in the spot. What is it?

I've always had a tender spot on back of head, resting head on hard floors causes discomfort & slight pain in the spot. What is it?

It is impossible to: Determine the nature of your ailment over the internet. You need to be examined and perhaps have some testing done to determine the source of your symptoms. Make an appointment with a health care provider to assess the issue. ...Read more

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I have had headaches for about 2 wks straight now all feeling like they are stemming from the tender spot on back of head, lower right side. No injury?

I have had headaches for about 2 wks straight now all feeling like they are stemming from the tender spot on back of head, lower right side. No injury?

New headache: Headaches can be a concerning symptom and can have many causes. Some are deserving of emergent treatment. Warning signs are chronic headaches that suddenly change in quality or intensity, multiple headaches a week, new onset headaches that affect one's ability to function, associated vomiting, associated dizziness/double vision/neck ache/fever/weakness, or the need to take daily pain medication. ...Read more

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My 6 year old has a tender spot in back of his head that hurts when he touch it what could be the cause?

My 6 year old has a tender spot in back of his head that hurts when he touch it what could be the cause?

Several things: A swollen lymph node, a goose egg from prior trauma he didn't tell you about, an insect bite that is becoming inflamed. If any of these fit you can monitor it until it either goes away or you decide to have it checked out. ...Read more

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My 6 year old has a tender spot in back of his head since 3 days ago, it hurts when he touch it, what it could be?

See his doctor: It sounds like it could be a skin infection, perhaps from a bug bite. Depending on how large it is, if it is getting worse day by day, and how tender it is, he may just need antibiotics to treat it. If your doctor thinks it is an abscess (a pocket of pus in the skin), they may want to drain out the fluid. That will make it easier to treat with less pain. Warm packs and pain relief can also help. ...Read more

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Soft, tender, sore spot on top/back of head. Feels squishy and tender when I touch it. Also having bad headaches. No trauma.?

Soft, tender, sore spot on top/back of head. Feels squishy and tender when I touch it. Also having bad headaches. No trauma.?

Sebaceous cyst: Is a likely diagnosis. These occur often on the scalp. The headaches may be related. Another possibility is a lipoma; both of them require surgery to remove. See a doctor ASAP, the problem will only get worse. ...Read more

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I have a tender spot on the back of my head. What could be the cause?

I have a tender spot on the back of my head. What could be the cause?

Probably nothing: You have probably bumped or irritated the "spot" in some manner. Have someone look to see if there is anything visable. If not, give it a while. Remember, in medicine, something bad usually does not go away and gets worse and becomes apparent, if it goes away, it was nothing to start with. ...Read more

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I have a flat tender spot on the back of my head like where the swirl is what can this be?

I have a flat tender spot on the back of my head like where the swirl is what can this be?

Swelling: If you didn't injure the spot where the head is tender (bumped your head) then it is most likely some skin irritation. You could have an allergic response to some shampoo or other hair treatment. As long as you are not an infant, the skull is closed and it is only the scalp you are feeling. There are rare situations when the skull is not closed from birth, but you would have known about that. ...Read more

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Tender spot on the back of my head didn't notice until I brushed my hair. What could it be? Should I worry.

Tender spot on the back of my head didn't notice until I brushed my hair. What could it be? Should I worry.

Sore spot: Doctors have been seeing alot of infections on the skin due to bacteria over the last few years. These seem to come up fairly quickly as a tender bump that progresses to a boil that should be treated. You should consider to have a doctor look at the spot if it does not go away with some hot packs in a few days. ...Read more

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I have tender spot on my back of head on both sides about an 1 1/2in behind ears and sinus pressure. Can this be a sinus infection or something else?

I have tender spot on my back of head on both sides about an 1 1/2in behind ears and sinus pressure. Can this be a sinus infection or something else?

Less likely sinus: This is more likely a tension or other form of headache as opposed to a sinus headache. Most who believe they have a sinus headache, don't. Its a good idea to get examined by a doctor to get a formal diagnosis. The treatment can vary depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Spot in back of head behind right ear sore when touched. Then slight tingle on cheek & scalp. Had ache earlier above eyebrow. Any ideas?

Spot in back of head behind right ear sore when touched. Then slight tingle on cheek & scalp. Had ache earlier above eyebrow. Any ideas?

Not certain: It's not clear. This could be sinus infection, or neurological, or it could be muscular, and discuss this with your physician to help clarify these symptoms ...Read more

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Numb tingling sensation that starts around front right side of head and goes towards back of head. Also needle like pain at one spot then sore 2 touch?

Numb tingling sensation that starts around front right side of head and goes towards back of head. Also needle like pain at one spot then sore 2 touch?

Needs to be evaluate: It is difficult to tell you what is causing your symptoms of tingling sensation, needle like pain and sore to touch. We need detailed history as to exact location of pain and how long you have had and if you have tried any therapy so far. Any associated symptoms in eyes and any relation to your periods and how often this happens. You need physical exam and may need other tests if indicated. See MD ...Read more

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3wks sore spot 4in long on back of head. Feels like bruise but not. Now in the middle of it iuarter size lump with fluid. Dizzy. Sometimes itchy/throbs.?

3wks sore spot 4in long on back of head. Feels like bruise but not. Now in the middle of it iuarter size lump with fluid. Dizzy. Sometimes itchy/throbs.?

SORE SPOT ON SCALP: This sounds as if it could be shingles. See a dermatologist or your family doctor as quickly as possible. It also be an infected cyst. In any case see a doctor! ...Read more

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3wks sore spot 4in long on back of head. Feels like bruise but not. Now in the middle of it iuarter size lump with fluid. Dizzy. Sometimes itchy/throbs.?

3wks sore spot 4in long on back of head. Feels like bruise but not. Now in the middle of it iuarter size lump with fluid. Dizzy. Sometimes itchy/throbs.?

Fungal infection: A tender itchy swelling on the scalp that is new would likely be a fungal scalp infetion or tinea capitis. This needs oral antifungal treatment. A cyst or even and abscess could be possible. Time to see someone to check it out. ...Read more

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Doctor diagnosed with occipital neuralgia, sore spot on right base of skull, but get tingling in front head and forehead and temple?

Doctor diagnosed with occipital neuralgia, sore spot on right base of skull, but get tingling in front head and forehead and temple?

Pain? Think muscles!: Stresses and work of life causes pain located in micro-scars in muscles of the neck which drive aches, pains and misery. Txmt is a holistic recipe of self-care, wellness, Vits, Magnesium supp, sleep, massage, yoga, stretching, chiropractors. Tub soaking. As a doctor, I’ve rediscovered modified versions of acupuncture/trigger points inj, which roots out the pain. ...Read more

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Does occipital neuralgia cause tingling over one half of scalp and sore spots on scalp? Hurts to move hair. Also tingly numb feeling forehead n cheek

Does occipital neuralgia cause tingling over one half of scalp and sore spots on scalp? Hurts to move hair. Also tingly numb feeling forehead n cheek

Cutaneous allodynia: Cutaneous allodynia is the scalp tenderness and pain with hair movement that can happen when a migraine has gone on for a while until there is "central sensitization." The numbness in forehead and cheek doesn't sound like occipital neuralgia. Hemicrania continua is also a possibility, but less likely. I'm available for consult if you'd like to discuss further. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Painful spot in back of head. Has spread halfway up my head in 12 hours. Feel sick in stomach and a little light headed. Could this be serious?

Painful spot in back of head. Has spread halfway up my head in 12 hours. Feel sick in stomach and a little light headed. Could this be serious?

Spot: Could be infection, spasm or a nerve pain but if its that painful you should have it checked out in the ER. Unfortunately its one of those things that has to be looked at and felt ...Read more