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Neck/upper back pain, base of skull is tense and a spot on the side hurts if clothing touches it. Also some vertigo, but nothing else, any ideas?

Neck/upper back pain, base of skull is tense and a spot on the side hurts if clothing touches it. Also some vertigo, but nothing else, any ideas?

Muscle spasm: Muscle spam can cause the neck pain you describe, even to the point of tenderness that appears to make the overlying skin sensitive to touch and pressure. Hope that helps. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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6 months ago a 5 lb rubber mallet fell on my head still pain base of skull neck pain upper spine pain numbness major top right foot minor other limbs?

6 months ago a 5 lb rubber mallet fell on my head still pain base of skull neck pain upper spine pain numbness major top right foot minor other limbs?

Yeah...that'll smart: You may be suffering from the residua of POSTCONCUSSIVE syndrome (PCS). I don't know how you were at the type you got hit...for example, from what height did that hammer come down? You could calculate the amount of Force that you took on the head and neck using F=ma but I think seeing your doctor for a referral to a neurologist for possible PCS and management would be a good idea. ...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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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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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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Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm. Ana +, scl-70 +.

Headache above/behind left eye, and neck pain on left side of base of skull/upperneck for almost 2 months. Ct scan norm. Ana +, scl-70 +.

Obtain brain &cspine: Consider obtaining a brain and cervical spine MRI to evaluate for possible cause coming from the spine or the back of the head. All migraines deserve one Brain MRI and an evaluation of triggers for the Migraines by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Neck pain at base of skull, headaches, facial tingling and numbness, ringing in ears, shoulder burning, and low back pain. What could cause all this?

Neck pain at base of skull, headaches, facial tingling and numbness, ringing in ears, shoulder burning, and low back pain. What could cause all this?

Fibromyalgia: 25y female with "HA, facial tingling, neck/low back/shoulder pain" & tinnitus. This symptom constellation comports with Fibromyalgia, FM, wherein muscle tension headache, TMJ, TOS & widespread soft tissue spasms co-generate global pain. Symptoms cross tissue/organ systems. General medical evaluation needed, & if no specific diagnosis then FM shifts to top of differential diagnostic list. ...Read more

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Right side neck pain, ear pressure, heavy head, spot at base of skull sore. Dr said c spine strain from X-ray. Been this way for 2 months. Any ideas?

Right side neck pain, ear pressure, heavy head, spot at base of skull sore. Dr said c spine strain from X-ray. Been this way for 2 months. Any ideas?

Second opinion: With the symptoms that you have, and an answer that did not provide relief, you should obtain a second opinion, preferable from an ear, nose and throat specialist, as ear problems may produce these symptoms ...Read more

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Extreme pain base of skull left side between war and spine, travels down neck. Began after throwing up and fever but both of those stopped?

Extreme pain base of skull left side between war and spine, travels down neck. Began after throwing up and fever but both of those stopped?

Could be: Irritation of trapezius muscle, which attaches at the base of the skull right where your symptoms are. Try ice packs for a day or so, and maybe an anti inflammatory like advil (ibuprofen) once or twice, if doesn't improve, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...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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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 severe chronic neck pain at the base of my skull and when it hurts I have red blotch in the exact area that hurts what would cause the blotch?

I have severe chronic neck pain at the base of my skull and when it hurts I have red blotch in the exact area that hurts what would cause the blotch?

See a neurologist: Sympathetically maintained pain (SMP). The pain associated with SMP can be continuous with an aching, burning quality that is sometimes accompanied by a continuing background discomfort and tissue swelling, or it can occur spontaneously. Blocking the sympathetic activity by anesthetizing the Stellate Ganglion may stop the pain. Take care. ...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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I have daily neck pain at the base of my skull and frequent skin burning sensation all over my body. Please tell me what this is??

Need eval: Can’t diagnose with available information. Examination, history & possibly other testing would be needed to make an accurate diagnosis. Treatment would be dictated by diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've headache which felt like constant lighting strike from the base of my skull to the back of my head. Not mirgaine suspect neck pain but pain throb?

I've headache which felt like constant lighting strike from the base of my skull to the back of my head. Not mirgaine suspect neck pain but pain throb?

What about occipital: Something like this could be occipital neuralgia, or ice pick headaches. These are different than a migraine. They are treated differently than migraines. If you provide more information, it may be easier to sort this out.

Hope that helps! ...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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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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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