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What could cause a quarter sized tingling spot on back of head? Could it be related to the fact that I'm sleep deprived?

What could cause a quarter sized tingling spot on back of head? Could it be related to the fact that I'm sleep deprived?

Superficial nerve: This sounds like merely an irritable, superficial nerve in your scalp and probably is not related to being sleep deprived. If symptoms worsen or headaches develop, have a physician check it. ...Read more

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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more


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I have severe back and chest pain along with neck pain and a weird tingling feeling on my neck/back of head. I have spondylosis but I'm only 22 and this pain is so severe it ruins my life. Had MRIs and xrays and didn't find any real cause.?

I have severe back and chest pain along with neck pain and a weird tingling feeling on my neck/back of head. I have spondylosis but I'm only 22 and this pain is so severe it ruins my life. Had MRIs and xrays and didn't find any real cause.?

Chronic pain: Sometimes it's not easy to diagnose the cause. You may think it's one thing and it could be another. MRI can't pick up nerve damage, vitamin deficiencies, genetic issues, etc. If after a very thorough assessment if nothing comes up than consideration may be given to things like CRPS or fibro. ...Read more

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Can improper placement of needle & numbing agent in lower jaw cause temporary facial paralysis/tingling & severe pain in jaw, ear, neck & back of head?

Can improper placement of needle & numbing agent in lower jaw cause temporary facial paralysis/tingling & severe pain in jaw, ear, neck & back of head?

Anesthetic Block: An inferior alveolar nerve block of your lower jaw will anesthetize either your left or right side, making it feel numb and "paralyzed". Pain in your jaw, ear, neck, and back of head may be a reaction to the anesthetic, not necessarily due to improper technique. Since every issue was temporary, you should heal without incident. Discuss with your dentist. ...Read more

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I have tingling sensation on back of head that lasts 15 seconds for past few days, what could this be?

I have tingling sensation on back of head that lasts 15 seconds for past few days, what could this be?

That could be tough: In that it doesn't sound like a disease process. No headaches? No new scalp products? Hair not pulled too tight? Have u been grinding your teeth at night? If this is your only sx and nothing else occurring it will likely be a transient problem in my opinion. If it worsens, evoles into headaches go in. Sometimes we can just tell whether or not something is disease, not it's exact cause. Gd luc. ...Read more

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I'm having back of head tingling/pins and needles at random points during the day + headaches and temple pain. What could it be?

I'm having back of head tingling/pins and needles at random points during the day + headaches and temple pain. What could it be?

Need a full history: I have a lot of questions I'd like to ask you to answer your question. Feel free to request a virtual consult with me, I look forward to helping you. ...Read more

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Car accident abi x 2yrs, hit my head on the left, ct-scan obtained unremarkable, memory started to deteriorate, tingling on back of head now, problem?

Car accident abi x 2yrs, hit my head on the left, ct-scan obtained unremarkable, memory started to deteriorate, tingling on back of head now, problem?

ABI or TBI: Ct/mri after the initial head injury (up to 2-3 weeks in some cases) may be normal. In this case brain MRI may be normal, but important for ruling out old bleed/sdh. Functional dynamic brain imaging is available but not readily available or affordable. Neuropsychiatric testing can diagnose, define specific deficits & recommend specific treatment. Improvements is seen in those who are proactive. ...Read more

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Tingling, stiff feeling on right side of face (random tingling on eye, nose (lip, and front/back of head). Only occurring today. What could this be?

Tingling, stiff feeling on right side of face (random tingling on eye, nose (lip, and front/back of head). Only occurring today. What could this be?

Anxiety: At your age it is most likely nothing. Watch out for a rash since rarely shingles can present this way. Usually you don't get pain in the back of the head. It could be a migraine especially if it is associated with headache and nausea and /or vomiting. It could be trigeminal neuralgia which can be disabling ...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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Extreme Pain in neck and back of head with numbness and tingling in face mouth and head Dizzyness, disoriented, no balance. Not migrain what is it?

CervicogenicHeadache: Is a very common headache secondary to neck involvement. Cervicogenic headache is a unilateral pain provoked by neck movement or by pressure on the neck. These headache patients usually had a reduced cervical range of motion in association with the headache, dizziness, parasthesias. Rec.: see orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and treatment. ...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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Broad based r. Paracentral disc protrusion, obliteration of thecal sac. Numb/tingle arm/hand, tinglin/dizzy from back of head to forehead, pain, bad?

Broad based r. Paracentral disc protrusion, obliteration of thecal sac. Numb/tingle arm/hand, tinglin/dizzy from back of head to forehead, pain, bad?

Paracentral disc protrusion: Obviously you saw a specialist, your condition requires removal of the protrusion, as is beginning to compress the spine. And the greater occipital nerves. I noted your medications.
Please take it seriously, see a orthopedic surgeon, get his opinion.
Now days surgery is minimally invasive, and the results are good. Make an appointment today. ...Read more

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My doctor diagnosed me with occipital neuralgia but I have tingling in the front of head on one side, temple and forehead?

My doctor diagnosed me with occipital neuralgia but I have tingling in the front of head on one side, temple and forehead?

Temporal arteritis?: If your head about 1-1.5 inches off of the midline at the base of the skull on the same side is NOT tender then you likely do not have an occipital neuralgia. If you have a relatively new pain, fever, chills, very tender to pressure over the right temple, I would wonder about a temporal arteritis altho unlikely. I would see your M.D. again ASAP or if unable, see urgent care or E.R. now. ...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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Doc said I have occipital neuralgia, but I have a lot of tingling in frontal area around eye/cheek/forehead on right, lot of scalp pain?

Doc said I have occipital neuralgia, but I have a lot of tingling in frontal area around eye/cheek/forehead on right, lot of scalp pain?

See below: You could conceivably have a facial neuralgia involving trigeminal nerve, but the described area is not governed by the Greater Occipital Nerve of Arnold, and ergo, you are not having occipital neuralgia, as anatomy is very wrong. Would a Concierge visit help? ...Read more

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What causes tingling in the back of my head?

Irritation of nerve: Occipital nerve is major nerve supplying the skin of back of head. It may be pinched or nerve roots in the upper neck may be pinched. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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What causes headache at back of head?

What causes headache at back of head?

Headache: This usually stems from tension in the muscles in the neck. They are attached at the back of the head, and usually give rise for a headache. Help with a warmed up towel, moistened and placed into the microwave for a short time can help a lot. ...Read more

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Feels like lower back of head is being compressed and being squeezed. Causes or reasons?

Neck out: Your neck might be out, or you may have muscle tension in the back of your neck. ...Read more

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What causes lumps on middle fore head and on the back of head which causes your head to hurt?

What causes lumps on middle fore head and on the back of head which causes your head to hurt?

Need exam: Your question needs to be answer by your physician after having proper physical exam. See your physician. ...Read more

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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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Can neck problems cause pressure feeling in back of head?

Can neck problems cause pressure feeling in back of head?

Sure.: Neck pain can spread to your skull, because some of the muscles attach to it. Be sure you get therapy to help control pain and spasm. See your doctor to make sure there is not another cause of your headache, though. ...Read more

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Chill in back of head and momentary difficulty speaking. What could cause this?

That doesn't sound: Right. Time to go to the er. Sometimes we get one warning before something major. Maybe this is yours. ...Read more

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Can a toothache cause pain in back of head like the base of your head close to the top of the neck?

Can a toothache cause pain in back of head like the base of your head close to the top of the neck?

Yes: Lower molar pain can radiate to the ear or the back of the head. Please see your dentist for treatment. More than likely you will need a root canal and crown to protect and save the tooth. ...Read more

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What would cause lymph nodes to swell on back of head. Under 1.5 CM but on both sides. Swell up and down.?

What would cause lymph nodes to swell on back of head. Under 1.5 CM but on both sides. Swell up and down.?

Lymph node swelling: Lymph nodes are part of your body's natural defense against both infections and foreign objects. Around the neck and head is the most common place for them to enlarge since they help to fight colds, ear infections, sinus infections, scalp infections, and dental. Enlarged lymph nodes in the back of your head usually come from scalp infections, ear infections (sometimes just from ear rings). ...Read more

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What would cause headache at back of head near base and head to feel very heavy and be hard to hold up straight?

What would cause headache at back of head near base and head to feel very heavy and be hard to hold up straight?

Headaches: Tension headaches are common in this area, but so are migraines which can affect the nerve that supplies this area. Try cold compresses, Aspirin or ibuprofen. Severe and unusual headaches in this area area a medical emergency and require immediate attention. ...Read more

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What causes a fluttering feeling in back of head? I checked BP and it was normal. Can you get them in perimenopause?

What causes a fluttering feeling in back of head? I checked BP and it was normal. Can you get them in perimenopause?

Tough question: To answer. While a fluttering sensation in your head is not really a typical feature of menopause, women do develop strange sensations sometimes during the perimenopausal period. If it doesn't go away you should see your physician. ...Read more

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What causes hot burning sensation in the whole back till the back of head. Could fibromiyalji be the cause or is there any other. What I do for relief?

What causes hot burning sensation in the whole back till the back of head. Could fibromiyalji be the cause or is there any other. What I do for relief?

Paresthesia: Paresthesia refers to a burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. The sensation, which happens without warning, is usually painless and described as tingling or numbness, skin crawling, or itching. Chronic paresthesia is often a symptom of an underlying neurological disease or traumatic nerve damage. ...Read more

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Are small bumps on back of head caused from vertigo?

Are small bumps on back of head caused from vertigo?

No: Vertigo is usually the symptom of middle ear dysfunction and more rarely a manifestation of inadequate blood flow to the brainstem. Small bumps on the back of the head are not related. ...Read more

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Could raynaud's disease cause a cold wet feeling in back of head with headache?

No: Raynaud's disease is related to vasospasm of the small arteries, usually in the hands and feet. I do not think it would affect the scalp. ...Read more

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What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad on left side of skull?

What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad on left side of skull?

Cyst or lymph node: Usually this is a sebaceous cyst or an enlarged lymph node. A medical exam is needed to tell. The cyst can be removed. An enlarged lymph node usually gets better with time but sometimes needs an antibiotic. ...Read more

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For the experts - might the cause of bleeding from nose come from hitting back of head 10 days ago?

For the experts - might the cause of bleeding from nose come from hitting back of head 10 days ago?

Highly unlikely: Unless there was a skull base fracture from major trauma I can't come up with an association. ...Read more

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When I hold my head down, I feel a tingling sensation down my back and in my arms. What causes this?

When I hold my head down, I feel a tingling sensation down my back and in my arms. What causes this?

Lhermitte's: Best see your doctor as you have a problem over the posterior spinal cord in your neck. Could be due to inflammation, B-12 deficiency, or cervical stenosis/ spondylosis, and may represent a sentinel sign of further problems. Suggest you seek out an neurology consultative exam. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain all up my back, jaw, and back of head, what could cause this? It just started like an hr ago, & its on and off.

I have a sharp pain all up my back, jaw, and back of head, what could cause this? It just started like an hr ago, & its on and off.

Back, jaw, neck pain: See a doctor/urgent care / ER. Immediately. Fever? Worse with breathing? Dizziness? Any medical problems? Urinary problems?

Could be less serious spasm from bowel, esophagus, reflux (responds to mylanta), muscular due to position, or more serious gallbladder, ovarian, clots, or heart/vascular if you have an underlying disease, like marfans/ erhlers danlos. ...Read more

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What could be cause of itchy rash back of head?

What could be cause of itchy rash back of head?

Itchy rash: On back of head could be as simple as dandruff or dry skin. Apply some moisturizer or ointment and use some dandruff shampoo. If no better, go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can stress cause headaches in back of head and make my lungs feel full?

Can stress cause headaches in back of head and make my lungs feel full?

Yes: Anxiety can cause a myriad of symptoms from the headache you describe, to stomach pain, chest pain, flushing, and so on. However, to be sure this is what is occurring you should visit with your primary care physician and have an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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I have glands (lymph nodes) in back of head, near neck; what caused this?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more