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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

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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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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 staring at a computer cause tension in the back of head (occiput)? I have tension in back of head and dizziness. Normal CT. Massage not effective

Can staring at a computer cause tension in the back of head (occiput)? I have tension in back of head and dizziness. Normal CT. Massage not effective

Occipital neuralgia: The greater and lesser occipital nerves live in the back of the head on both sides. The lesser nerve runs towards your ear and the greater nerve runs to top of back of your head. These occipital nerves can be aggravated without any trauma. Tilting head back can cause dizziness if these nerves are aggravated. 7 days or oral steroid or 5 days of Toradol may knock out this irritation to these nerves. ...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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Can chronic sinusitis cause temporal top and back of the head headache or only direcly above the infected chambers in the front?In chronic maxillary

Can chronic sinusitis cause temporal top and back of the head headache or only direcly above the infected chambers in the front?In chronic maxillary

Possible: Sinus headaches pain is not localized to the sinus anatomic site but having headache at the back of the head is unusual. If you do have chronic sinusitis at your age, you should consult an allergist/immunologist to find out the cause. It also should not be left untreated. ...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

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I have knots on the back of my head near my lymph nodes. They are painful to the touch i also have a headache what causes this?

Wens: You mave sebaceous cysts on your head which cause your nodes to become enlarged. Both the nodes and your cyst can contribute to your headaches because if pressure. ...Read more

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What can cause spontaneous throbbing headache on the left side of the back of my head?

What can cause spontaneous throbbing headache on the left side of the back of my head?

Many causes: There are many possible reasons for the headache you describe. Please see a neurologist if you have not done so. Also, check out a meditation called the relaxation response by a cardiologist named herbert benson. ...Read more

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I keep feeling my heartbeat (or pounding) in the top or back of my head. What could cause this? No headache though

Head congestion: Most likely you have a blocked eustachian tube ( the connection between your middle ear and throat that "pops" when you go up a mountain.) if you're getting over a cold, that would explain it. If not, and it persists, you should be checked for a more serious but rare cause (like an aneurysm) but it's very unlikely that you have that. ...Read more

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I have painful tension headaches starting at the back of my head near my neck. What could possibly be the cause of that?

I have painful tension headaches starting at the back of my head near my neck. What could possibly be the cause of that?

You said it: The most common cause of tension headache is--tension. If you have no neurologic symptoms and your neck is sore / stiff this is the most likely diagnosis. How is your emotional state? How well do you deal with stress? But if neurologic symptoms besides pain are present, see a neurologist. ...Read more

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What kind of headache is this? When the back of my head hurt and causes dizziness and weakness to the body and it comes and goes?

Headaches : Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. Since it is dizziness and weakness, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as: - when did it start? - how often do they happen? - are they getting more frequent or more painful? - how long do they last? - what does the headache feel like and can you point to it? - does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day? - what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache? - have you had any big life changes? - how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising? - are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much? Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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What kind of headache is this ? When the back of my head hurt and causes dizziness and weakness to the body and it comes and goes?

Headaches : Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. Since it is dizziness and weakness, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation. You doctor will take a thorough history and do a neurological evaluation to try and find out what is causing your symptoms. You may want to think about the answers to some of the questions they may ask you such as: - when did it start? - how often do they happen? - are they getting more frequent or more painful? - how long do they last? - what does the headache feel like and can you point to it? - does it occur around the same time at night or does it ever happen during the day? - what other symptoms do you have and when do they occur in regards to the headache? - have you had any big life changes? - how is your lifestyle? Are you getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising? - are you taking any medications? Do you drink caffeine and how much? Answering these questions may help your doctor figure out what is causing your headaches, whether it is a serious problem or not, and how to help you. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes a sudden headache in the middle of the night? Have had a severe headache in the back of my head since 1am w/ no relief.

What causes a sudden headache in the middle of the night? Have had a severe headache in the back of my head since 1am w/ no relief.

Several causes: Several causes are possible. Hypnic headache as well as migraines may wake you up in the middle of the night as well as other headache disorder. You should be your doctor. ...Read more