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What to do about a painful lump and throbbing at base of skull on left side?

See a doctor

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for a physical exam. The lump may just be inflamed portion of a muscle that you've subjected to a constant strain with poor posture or it could be something very different. Impossible to tell.
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5 yo boy w/ painful pea size lump right base of skull, s/s for two days, not red or inflamed, no injury or infection .... Concern?

Likely lymph node

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There are chains of lymph nodes along the neck including at the base of the skull. They can become enlarged with any infection on the scalp, face, or ears... Often they can persist for a while after the infection resolves. If it is still there the next time you see your pediatrician, ask him/her to take a look at it, but most likely it will resolve over the next few weeks.
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What could cause extreme pain at the base of the skull on the right side?

Muscle or headache.

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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!
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Dr. Maritza Baez answered:

What might cause my pain at the base of skull?

Anything

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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
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Dr. Dave Burns answered:

Would reversal of cervical lordosis cause heavy head pressure at the base of skull, and extreme exhaustion? No pain really.

Muscle tension

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Seek out a specialist that works with Temporomandibular concerns and find out if this is your problem.
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Dr. Milton Mintz answered:

Terrible pain and sometimes swelling of right neck, base of skull to shoulder. What could cause this?

History trauma??

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At your age possibly arthritis. See your pcp
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Pain at base of skull left side sometimes goes into my head did a mri 2months ago said no tumors what could cause this pain?

Many things

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Tension headache, vasculitis, and even a disc protrusion in the cervical spine could all cause your symptoms. Your doctor should be able to help work this out.
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Dr. Mark Glyman answered:

What would cause posterior cervical lymph node pain and swelling? R neck is swollen, pain from base of skull down to front of neck/throat

Many possibilities.

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There are a variety of things that could cause these problems at your age. Infections(cat scratch disease, mononucleosis), dental /sinus disease), are most often the cause. However, more serious problems occur in this age group. Please see your internest, ENT. Or Oral/maxillofacial surgeon ASAP.
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Dr. Paul Grin answered:

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

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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.
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Dr. Lydia Collins answered:

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???

Menstrual headaches

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Some women do have headaches that appear only at certain times of the period cycle. These are due to changes in the hormone levels at certain times of the cycle. Many women find relief with use of birth control pills. These can be used as long as there is no "aura" with the headaches. High dose ibuprofen can also help. See your doctor for evaluation and best treatment for your situation.
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