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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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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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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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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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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?

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

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