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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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I woke up with a swollen spot around the 2 knots on the base of the skull but only on the right side. And it hurts to touch and move?

I woke up with a swollen spot around the 2 knots on the base of the skull but only on the right side. And it hurts to touch and move?

Lymph node: Swelling is infection is possible. This may be related to scalp infection, infection or inflammation of the base of the neck, or other serious issues. Should be seen and checked today. ...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 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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Pain at the base of skull at the lower left side and pain in upper left shoulder. Pain is dull. What can I do?

Pain at the base of skull at the lower left side and pain in upper left shoulder. Pain is dull. What can I do?

Is there a history: Of trauma or family history of arthritis. You may have arthritis of the cervical spine. I recommend you see an interventional pain specialist. ...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