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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
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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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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Maritza Baez
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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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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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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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Dr. Dave Burns
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Would reversal of cervical lordosis cause heavy head pressure at the base of skull, and extreme exhaustion? No pain really.

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

Muscle tension: Seek out a specialist that works with temporomandibular concerns and find out if this is your problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Grin
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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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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
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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?

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: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Moshe Lewis
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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?

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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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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