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Pleural fremitus is a palpable vibration of the wall of the thorax caused by friction between the parietal and visceral pleura of the lungs. See pleural friction rub for the auditory ...Read more


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What could cause sore spots on head and hair loss? I'm losing hair in large amounts and I wake up with tender spots on my head, very sore to the touch.

What could cause sore spots on head and hair loss? I'm losing hair in large amounts and I wake up with tender spots on my head, very sore to the touch.

Fungal infection: It sounds like you may have a fungal infection of the scalp called tinea capitis. This requires an exam and evaluation by a doctor to make this diagnosis and to recommend treatment. ...Read more

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There is a tender spot on the left side of my head that is a bit sore when touched. Is it serious? What causes it?

There is a tender spot on the left side of my head that is a bit sore when touched. Is it serious? What causes it?

Not serious: You can get inflammation in the muscles or superficial nerves in the scalp. It may even be a bruise from pulling your hair back or wearing a ball cap. Take some Motrin and put some ice on it ...Read more

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The past few days the top middle of my head feels sore and bruised to the touch but I did not bump it or injure it in anyway. What could cause this?

The past few days the top middle of my head feels sore and bruised to the touch but I did not bump it or injure it in anyway. What could cause this?

Sore scalp vertex: Dear member012:
this could be referred pain from the sphenoid sinus. This could be related to sinusitis or allergy. I would consult with a board certified otolaryngologist (ent). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What could cause small lumps plus sore to touch on back of head?

What could cause small lumps plus sore to touch on back of head?

Lymph nodes/infected: Get your scalp checked for infection and inflammation as well as parasites. Get a blood count to make sure that your body is fighting off infection. ...Read more

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Fracture of (R) radial head (c) 8 wks. Above elbow still red, inflamed, sore, warm to touch stiff joint. Normal recovery or cause for concern?

Fracture of (R) radial head (c) 8 wks. Above elbow still red, inflamed, sore, warm to touch stiff joint. Normal recovery or cause for concern?

Hard to know: The orthopedist/physician that has seen you previously and that has performed physical examination will know better; but infection of the joint or misalignment would need to be considered. Perhaps more likely that this is normal progression of healing (depending on severity of findings you mention). Have it checked out to be sure. ...Read more

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Dull Pain and pressure behind/above left eye that comes and goes where socket and eye meet. It is sore to the touch. My vision is fine. Causes?

Dull Pain and pressure behind/above left eye that comes and goes where socket and eye meet. It is sore to the touch. My vision is fine. Causes?

Eye pain: The sensation you are describing can come from sinusitis, migraines, even some lymphomas. If it is something that persists you need to see your doctor for a possible scan of the area to determine the cause. Feel better soon ...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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Extremely still painful trapezius muscles, and neck, headache and tender to touch around crown of head. Possible causes?

Extremely still painful trapezius muscles, and neck, headache and tender to touch around crown of head. Possible causes?

Possibly: A tension headache. Have you worked out vigorously? Do you tend to carry your stress in your shoulders? Do you have any other symptoms of illness? ...Read more

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Body and skin sore to touch/achy after a month of high stress and anxiety. Can a relief of anxiety cause body tenderness?

Body and skin sore to touch/achy after a month of high stress and anxiety. Can a relief of anxiety cause body tenderness?

The opposite is true: If I'm understanding your question correctly you want to know if RELIEF from anxiety can result in body soreness/tenderness. Actually, it would be more likely to be the opposite. Anxiety of a constant or prolonged nature heightens sensitivity of the NOCICEPTIVE receptors in the skin and muscles (pain receptors) and tend to increase painful sensations. Relaxation should reduce pain sensitivity. ...Read more

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Can 1 dose thru IV followed by 4 days of prednisone cause extreme skin soreness? Hurts to be touched from waist up. Skin feels bruised, but isn't.

Can 1 dose thru IV followed by 4 days of prednisone cause extreme skin soreness? Hurts to be touched from waist up. Skin feels bruised, but isn't.

Fibromyalgia: 34y fem w. "skin soreness, brain fog, stomach upset & fatigue" w. symptoms of fibromyalgia, which highly associated w. IBS & nonrestorative sleep; causing depression & "Fibro fog". I noted many such women w. benign Hypermobility Syndrome &/or sacroiliac joint instability secondary to childbirth. Unstable pelvis exposes upper body to challenge of gravity & compensatory soft tissue spasms ensue. ...Read more

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Back of head, right side, tender to touch, vigorous big movement. Feels like bruise, but no recollection of recent trauma. Hurts when lying down. Causes?

Back of head, right side, tender to touch, vigorous big movement. Feels like bruise, but no recollection of recent trauma. Hurts when lying down. Causes?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor.
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Small cluster of spots on cleft of chin itchy and sore also glands in neck below chin are swollen and sore to touch. What is the likely cause?

Small cluster of spots on cleft of chin itchy and sore also glands in neck below chin are swollen and sore to touch. What is the likely cause?

Herpes: Sounds like herpetic lesions and the reaction of regional lymph glands! This would be more likely than not ORAL herpes ("cold sore") type. Check it out with your Primary Care Provider!

Hope this helps!
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Can sinusitis cause the head to be sore?

Can sinusitis cause the head to be sore?

Here are some...: Headache and facial pain are the common symptoms of sinusitis, which may be acute or chronic, and usually is related with viral infection. Despite being a common illness, seek evaluation and counseling timely if symptoms are worsening or intolerable, especially with fever; don't wait. ...Read more

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The right side of my head and face has been extremely sore for the past few days. It is not a headache or sharp pain but just sore to the touch. Why?

The right side of my head and face has been extremely sore for the past few days. It is not a headache or sharp pain but just sore to the touch. Why?

See an ENT: Or your primary doctor. There are a lot of? 's that need to answered like whether or not you have any other dental or medical issues. Have you had any visual changes? You might have some very simple explanation or it might be a more serious neurologic disease. ...Read more

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I have a bump on the back right side of my head with slight pain down my neck. It feels sore to the touch. Any suggestions?

I have a bump on the back right side of my head with slight pain down my neck. It feels sore to the touch. Any suggestions?

First thing that...: ...Comes to mind is an infected sebaceous cyst. These often need to be drained in order to clear. For now, try treating with heat or a warm compress, and see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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What would cause top of head to be sore, even hurts to move hair. Also have sinus infection/ blocked sinus?

What would cause top of head to be sore, even hurts to move hair. Also have sinus infection/ blocked sinus?

Local infection: You may have a boil or cellulitis or inflammation in your scalp. Suggest evaluation by a dermatologist. Potentially could be part of a headache syndrome as well. I would recommend starting with a basic medical evaluation by an Internist or Family doctor. ...Read more

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Female, 21 years old. Upper side of head feels sore to the touch, almost like when you've had a pony tail for too long.?

Female, 21 years old. Upper side of head feels sore to the touch, almost like when you've had a pony tail for too long.?

Paresthesia: Monitor for any redness/blistering and if noted, contact primary care provider for exam and treatment for shingles. Otherwise, may be a cutaneous nerve that is irritated. If persists over a week/worsens, get it checked out. ...Read more

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I have a bump like a hard small ball form on my inner labia. It has now formed a white head like a pimple. It is sore to the touch but wasn't at first?

I have a bump like a hard small ball form on my inner labia. It has now formed a white head like a pimple. It is sore to the touch but wasn't at first?

Poss. Bartholin inf.: This appears to be a possible Bartholin gland infection that may or may not resolve on its own. See a GYN MD if it continues for possible incision and drainage and resolution. ...Read more

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I got hit in the head with a knee cap when wrestling. Saw some stars but felt fine have had a slight headache but my temple is sore to the touch.?

I got hit in the head with a knee cap when wrestling. Saw some stars but felt fine have had a slight headache but my temple is sore to the touch.?

Concussion: What you are describing is a concussion. Most schools have a trainer or team physician that can do a detailed neurological exam and guide your return to activity. Be seen. ...Read more

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Causes of pain one top of head on one side? Dull pain, daily intermittent When I press the area it is sore. Could this be something serious?

Causes of pain one top of head on one side? Dull pain, daily intermittent When I press the area it is sore. Could this be something serious?

Muslce: This is likely a muscle tension headache. We have muscles that cross all over our skull and for a lot of people, these can become tense and sore, causing pain that is palpable and even headaches for some. I might suggest trying some ibuprofen 600-800mg every 6hours as needed or naproxen 500mg every 12 hours as needed which may help with any inflammation and pain. A heating pad may also help. ...Read more

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I smashed and I mean smashed my head going into my car, I put ice on it right away. Now it's just sore when I touch it. D you think that's ok? .

I smashed and I mean smashed my head going into my car, I put ice on it right away. Now it's just sore when I touch it. D you think that's ok? .

No nausea: If you have no nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness, or visual changes, the chances of having a brain injury is small. It will be sore for a few days, but if the bump subsides, then it should be ok. Sometimes you can get blood between the skull bone and the skin, called a hematoma, so if a bump persists for more than a few days, you should see a doctor. How is your neck? ...Read more