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What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

What would cause a severe headache located behind the left ear at the base of the skull. Pain meds haven't helped. Now what? Medical history: heart surgery, diabetic, high blood pressure

Headaches: Headaches and their causes can be complicated, difficult diagnoses to make. With your past history of diabetes and high blood pressure, you should make an appointment with your doctor for a complete evaluation as soon as possible. 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 might cause my pain at the base of the skull?

What might cause my pain at the base of the skull?

Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more

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What could cause extreme pain at the base of the skull on the right side?

What could cause extreme pain at the base of the skull on the right side?

Muscle or headache.: Neck strains - from poor posture, whiplash or vigorous exercise can cause muscle strains that you feel at the base of the skull (that's where some neck muscles attach). Certain types of headaches can do this as well. I'd try some Ibuprofen or alleve and see if it improves. If you start having blurry or double vision, nausea, or fevers, i'd see your doctor right away! Cheers! ...Read more

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What might cause my pain at the base of skull?

What might cause my pain at the base of skull?

Anything: Headaches can come from fatigue, sleeping too much or too little, eye strain, sleep apnea, snoring, being dehydrated, having chronic sinusitis or allergies, too much caffeine or over the counter headache medication, high blood pressure or something more serious like a tumor. See your doctor and get checked. ...Read more

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What causes pain at base of skull and below ears on both sides? Not like a usual headache just pain.

What causes pain at base of skull and below ears on both sides? Not like a usual headache just pain.

Some thots: You might be having jaw issues, "TMJ", and dentist can assess. Neck problems could also cause pain in these areas. An X ray could reveal answer. ...Read more

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What would cause muscle pain at the base of the neck/skull?

What would cause muscle pain at the base of the neck/skull?

Muscle spasms.: Tight muscles can cause pressure on the nerves in the area. There are several nerves at the base of the skull as well as several muscle attachments that are susceptible. Stress, poor posture, repaired use, or injury can cause the muscles to tighten in there by affecting her's. Try ice or stretching exercises. ...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?

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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Can a blow to the base of the skull cause brain damage?

Can a blow to the base of the skull cause brain damage?

Neurology: Any trauma to the head can cause "damage". The more significant the trauma the higher the likelihood of a brain injury. Football players are an excellent example. The location of the injury can also determine the type of symptoms that may present. ...Read more

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What can cause a headache at the base of the skull and arch over my head behind my eyes and temples?

What can cause a headache at the base of the skull and arch over my head behind my eyes and temples?

Posterior headache: Posterior headaches with radiation to top of head would likely be for muscle tension type but not if other symptoms like vision change, listlessness non response to usual headache muscle tension etc should prompt a neurological evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes headaches at base of skull?

What causes headaches at base of skull?

Arthritis: Cervical spine arthritis, among others, can cause such headaches. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Try to look for a pattern, when do they start, any activities that triggers them, etc. ...Read more

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What are air bubbles at the base of your skull caused by?

What are air bubbles at the base of your skull caused by?

There should not be: Air bubbles at the base of your skull. If you would resubmit your question informing us as to what makes you think you have air bubbles at the base of your skull (example, injury; something seen on x-ray) maybe we can clarify this for you. ...Read more

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For about two consecutive days every month I have a pain on the left side of my upper neck / base of my skull. Any idea what could cause this?

Difficult to answer: It is difficult to assess what could be causing your symptoms without more detail as to the nature of your pain including description, duration, exacerbating events, and additional symptoms. Plus, the non-consistent nature and seemingly non-progressive nature of your symptoms makes it further difficult. I would suggest making a virtual appointment for a more in-depth conversation of visiting PCP. ...Read more

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I can feel this lump at the base of my skull on the right. I've been able to feel it for a couple of weeks but it hasn't caused any pain whatsoever.?

I can feel this lump at the base of my skull on the right. I've been able to feel it for a couple of weeks but it hasn't caused any pain whatsoever.?

Lymph node: It is likely a lymph node. Check it about once a month and if it does not get bigger, do not worry. Cervical lymph nodes may become palpable for reason as simple as dandruff. Wash your scalp frequently, daily shampoo will be okay. ...Read more

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What can cause headaches at the base of skull and tingling and pain all over the body?

What can cause headaches at the base of skull and tingling and pain all over the body?

Fibromyalgia: 25 y fem. With "headaches & tingling & pain all over". Anxiety & hyperventilation can evoke such symptoms. A general medical evaluation with a primary care doctor is needed to rule out systemic disorders. If no specific findings, then Fibromyalgia becomes a consideration, and a Rheumatologist's evaluation might be helpful. ...Read more

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About a week prior to my cycle I start having headaches that get progressively worse until cycle. Base of skull and back are affected. Cause?

About a week prior to my cycle I start having headaches that get progressively worse until cycle. Base of skull and back are affected. Cause?

Hormonal: If headaches occur with every cycle in the same way then they are more than likely caused by hormonal fluctuations which are a normal part of the cycle. There are many options available to treat this some, as easy as taking over the counter headache medications, and sometimes involving hormones or other meds. ...Read more

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I have a recurring red linear lesion that crusts over for approx 4-6 mos, almost at the base of my skull. What could cause this? Sle, treated lymes

I have a recurring red linear lesion that crusts over for approx 4-6 mos, almost at the base of my skull. What could cause this? Sle, treated lymes

See Dermatology: Likely a combination problem, and will need expert (/dermatology) evaluation for resolution. Probably component irritation / inflammation from hair oils / dead skin products + possibly fungal colonization and some bacterial overgrowth. So will need combination approach to get to resolve long enough to heal. ...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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What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

What could cause a swelling at the back of my head at the base of my skull, and painful lump under my jaw?

Most lumps, benign: Don't start worrying. The majority of small bumps on your head would be benign (not cancer). Lumps that can be tender are cysts, lymph nodes and less likely lipomas. Still, hard to evaluate it over the net. See your primary md who can take a good history and examen you.

Given your presentation it sounds more like lymph nodes. You want to make sure its nothing scary ...Read more

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Intermittent stabbing pain to L temple and base of skull on L side. Increases with sudden movement. Been going on about 2 weeks. Possible cause?

Long list of Dx's: So you should see a MD (Neurologist) or go to urgent care immediately. Young people w/headaches require imaging ie a MRI at a minimum especially considering this increases w/movement. Headaches are a very common occurrence. The causes range from benign to life threatening. Ie migraines, occipital neuralgia, inflammation, giant cell arteritis, stress & more serious conditions: stroke, brain tumor & HTN. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pains base of skull at the back presiding horrendous migraine and vertigo. What could cause this? What's at the back of the head?

Sharp stabbing pains base of skull at the back presiding horrendous migraine and vertigo. What could cause this? What's at the back of the head?

Occipital nerves: The occipital nerves are located in the back of the skull. It is a common procedure to inject numbing medicine around the occipital nerves to help prevent migraines or to treat prolonged migraines. ...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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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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Daily occipital headaches, pulse in head, pain at base of skull rt side, muffled hearing, dizzy looking. Causes

Daily occipital headaches, pulse in head, pain at base of skull rt side, muffled hearing, dizzy looking. Causes

Headaches: The cause of the headaches are variable. Inflammation if the occipital nerve, a pinched nerve in the cervical spine, TMJ disorder, and mastoiditis are leading contenders. See a headache expert to determine the type of headache and to develop a course of treatment. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in back of neck kill you or cause you to not be able to swollow? Pain is base of skull into ear and up to top of skull.

Can a pinched nerve in back of neck kill you or cause you to not be able to swollow? Pain is base of skull into ear and up to top of skull.

Pinched nerve: Occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. The common symptoms are numbness, sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward to your ear, eye, pharynx and extremities.
Treatment: physical therapy, medications, cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture.
The treatment is usually effective and no need to die.
Rec.: see a pain management specialist. ...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