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What causes a headache in the back of the head that only occurs with bending down, standing up too quickly, or other rapid head movements?

What causes a headache in the back of the head that only occurs with bending down, standing up too quickly, or other rapid head movements?

?muscle tension: Possible that a posterior cervical muscle issue is causing a "Muscle Tension" head ache. Get eval, best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


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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 are a headache caused from. In the back of the head, no fever.

What are a headache caused from. In the back of the head, no fever.

Many possibilities: One of the most common causes of headache in the occipital area (back of head) is tension, with muscles taut in neck pulling on muscles in back of head, but this often then extends to the lateral areas above the ears and then to the frontal area. There are many causes for headaches and if this becomes severe, frequent or persistent it would be a good idea to see a doctor and be evaluated. ...Read more

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What causes a headache in the lower back part of my head ? Never had this kind of headache before this is second day in a row ! Please help ?

What causes a headache in the lower back part of my head ? Never had this kind of headache before this is second day in a row ! Please help ?

Back of head headach: It is hard to know the answer without more information, but tension headache and occipital neuralgia both can affect the back of the head. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can a headache in the back of the head be cause by stress?

Can a headache in the back of the head be cause by stress?

Absolutely: Yes, there are muscles at the back of your head, connected to your neck, which can tense up with stress that's held for long periods. What you end up with is like a giant charley-horse in the muscles surrounding your head! finding ways to relax, and release the stress is important. Mindfulness practices have been known to help; becoming aware of your body through yoga, etc, helps too. Be well. ...Read more

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My sister is headaches often and they worsen at night and cause neck pain. The pain is around her temples and migrates to the back of the head. Advice?

My sister is headaches often and they worsen at night and cause neck pain. The pain is around her temples and migrates to the back of the head. Advice?

Tension headache: This could be a number of things, and the safest thing is to get checked out by a doctor. That being said, in the mean time, have her change pillows, sleeping position, and try neck stretches before bed. It sounds like a tension type headache, but would need more info and physical exam to be sure. However, try those things, as well as gentle massage and see if that helps. ...Read more

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17wks pregnant having headaches in the back of my left head and wrap around the top to behind my eye and the pain has been bad enough to cause nausea vom?

17wks pregnant having headaches in the back of my left head and wrap around the top to behind my eye and the pain has been bad enough to cause nausea vom?

See doctor: You may want to make an appt to see your doctor asap, or go to urgent care now. If you have a h/o migraines, then this could be a migraine exacerbated by pregnancy. Anytime you have headache with vomiting, take it seriously and see a doctor right away. Doctor may prescribe meds, but you need an exam first. Make sure you drink lots of fluids, like water, as dehydration #1 cause headache. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have frequent headaches in the back of my head. Was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation. My doctor says that the chiari is not the cause?

I have frequent headaches in the back of my head. Was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation. My doctor says that the chiari is not the cause?

Chiari can cause HA: Richard, a Chiari malformation is a condition which is associated with a mild tendency toward "pinching" the cerebellum and brainstem in the back portion of the skull. Sometimes, if the "pinching" becomes more severe it can cause headaches by altering the flow of spinal fluid in and around the brain. A mild Chiari usually will not cause this, however. Consider asking to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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What is the cause why im having headache on back of my head... ?

What is the cause why im having headache on back of my head...  ?

MUSCLES: By far the most common cause of headaches in the back of the head are TENSION (MUSCULAR) headaches due to CONTRACTION of the muscles in the back of the head. This is what is often called "tension headaches" and is probably the NUMBER ONE CAUSE of headaches in general. Try heat in the back of your neck /upper back. Muscle relaxants prescribed by your Primary Care Provider are next step! Dr Z ...Read more