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What Causes Pain On The Top Of Your Head
Number of things: Your scalp is innervated by numerous nerves, most notably the occipital nerves in the back of your head which, if irritated, can lead to pain on the top of your head. You also have a muscle. Tissue that runs from the top of your neck that wraps up around your head and irritation to this can cause pain. Beyond that, sunburns, skin irritation, fungal infections, all can cause extracranial pain there. ...Read more
Migraine: Throbbing pain in the head may be due to migraine headache or tension headache. Migraine headaches are typically incapacitating whereas tension headache are more tolerable. Both treated differently. Inciting causes are stress, fatigue, poor hydration, poor diet or skipping meals and poor sleep. ...Read more
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
Perhaps you strained your neck muscles?
Try stretching, heating pads
feel better. ...Read more
What is the cause of feels like burning sensations or hot at the top of your head im getting anxious about it?
Hot head: It is more common to have a numb sensation on the top of the head. Most of the time people complained of temperature change on top of the head, I found them to be anxious. Are you under a lot of stress? Please do not get the wrong idea. I am not suggesting anything. For the most part, it is probably nothing serious as I do not know of any significantly bad condition with this complaint. ...Read more
If they hit: You hard enough, sure. A hematoma is a bleeding bruise.. ...Read more
I have pain on the top of my head towards the back but only causes problems when I press on it any ideas what it is?
This is more of a muscle tension headache than likely anything serious. There are muscles along the spine that insert to the back of the skull. Pressing on these increases tension in the tendon which gives you the sensation you are describing.
At your age this is the most likely culprit. ...Read more
Can anxiety cause pressure at the top of your head with no pain? If so, how, and what else can cause this?
Maybe...: Anxiety can cause a lot of different symptoms or sensations. I have heard people describe numbness in parts of the body, electric shocks, itching, pain... The list goes on. If your anxiety is causing problems, see a therapist specializing in treating anxiety. Cognitive & behavioral therapies can be very effective. Tranquilizers like xanax (alprazolam) & Ativan are addictive and are not the best treatment. ...Read more
Blood Pressure.: Every time your heart beats, it pushes blood through all of your arterial blood vessels. Because so much blood flows to your head relative to other parts of your body, you can feel the pulsations that you describe as "throbbing." Dr. Anne ...Read more
Can a pinched nerve cause pain in the neck (jugular area) and pain around the top of your head which is sensitive to touch?
Yes: Pinched nerves can cause so much actual and referred pain. So, if you've had the pain for more than a week or few days, call your PCP, and have it examined, and see what is going on. If it's musculoskeletal, it's easily fixed or remedied with meds, PT, or osteopathic manipulation by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).If it's more than that, you'll be visiting a neurologists. So, start w/UR PCP! ...Read more
Possible: Many times pain could radiate to other area from its origin, or coudl be waht we call referred pain, like gallbladder pain to the shoulder as an example. ...Read more
Could an iPad falling 2 ft onto the top of your head cause a slow brain bleed? Happened last week. Diagnosed w vertigo today. Didn't know if related
Yes.: Head trauma can produce a slow bleed, but symptoms are progressive and unlikely to consist of vertigo alone. Vertigo is not a diagnosis. It is a symptom which may represent any one of a number of underlying problems (problems in the inner ear, vestibular nerve or in brain itself.). Best to check with your doc so that you understand the cause and specific treatment of your vertigo. ...Read more
If a severe headache is localized at the top of your head, is this a cause for concern other than treatment with aspirin?
Other than tumor, aneurysm or ice pick head ache what can cause a stabbing pain on the top of the head on and off for 30min or so?
Need an exam.: You need to see a dr. And have an exam: could be neurologic, could be actual bugs. ...Read more
What causes occasional shooting pains in the head? Usually on the top right side, a fast, transient dull throb.
Temporal headache: Many possibilities here - stress, high blood pressure, lack of sleep, trauma, low blood sugar, hyperthyroidism, migraines, poor nutrition, brain tumors, side effects of medications, etc. The list can be very long and includes mostly harmless things that can be remedied by a change in lifestyle or attention to new things in your life. If you haven't seen your GP in a while go and get a checkup now! ...Read more
I have two knots on the top of my head. They don't cause me pain and they move if I push on them. I've had them for at least 10 years.
Lipoma: This could be a benign subcutaneous fat tumor called lipoma or cyst. ...Read more
Should I be concerned about about a dime sized, soft indentation on top of my head? Approx 1/8th" deep caused by lamp falling on it about 2 weeks ago.
Many causes: You will nee a neurologic workup if you fall within the following categories : 1. Headache of sudden onset that persists (bleeding); 2. Hedache accompamied by physical findings such as fever, alteration of consciousness, doble vision or weakness; and 3. Headache if you have been previously healthy. In other cases of chornic headache it can be migraine or muscle. Tension headache. ...Read more
Vague: I would see your dr. Who would possibly refer you to a neurologist. Tests may have to be run to help diagnosis your ailment. Feeling disconnected concerns me and should you too, especially if you are driving or doing other chores that can create a dangerous situation. ...Read more
When laying down I get a feeling in the top of my head like an elastic band being snapped, what could cause this?
Tension Headache: The most common type of headache is the tension headache, where the sufferer experiences a tight band around the head, almost as if the head were caught in a "vise-grip." the pain and tightness is usually the most intense at the base of the skull and tends to start in the neck and shoulder muscles. The headache can last only one day but may last up to a week or more. ...Read more
What would cause pain in the top right side of my head when standing? It was threw out the day then I took a nap and it's gone
Head pain: Head pain while standing but not with sitting or lying down is unusual. Neuralgia which is an irritability of superficial scalp nerves would be a possible cause. It is more of a nuisance than anything serious and tends to clear up without any specific treatment. If it recurs a neurologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more
Top of head tingling for a second or two after taking first few bites of food? Its been happening a lot lately. What could cause this?
Many possible causes: Your tingling may be related to any number of reasons including your known nervousness/panic attacks, or stress, stimulant overuse (for example, caffeine), headache, overexercise, nutritional deficiencies, etc. Here is some more information: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003296.htm ...Read more
What would cause cryptococcus albidus to be growing so thick on my sons head...Dsmo and stieprox are the treament. It covers the entire top of head?
Like any fungus...: ...It grows where it finds food. If the scalp is irritated by an allergy or mechanical scraping, it may produce discharge on which the cryptococcus could feed and grow. ...Read more
I have sensation of someone blowing cold air on the top of my head? What could cause this? Should I be worried? And could this be caused by coughmeds?
Every so often I get a sharp painful pressure/spasm in one specific area (half dollar size) on the top right side of my head. What could be the cause?
Clenching: If you find that you are clenching throughout the hours you are awake try to break the habit by placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth half an inch behind your teeth and press with your tongue. This position can relax the muscles you use to clench. Unfortunately, this only works during hours you are awake. Try a night guard for bedtime. ...Read more
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