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Sharp tight pain in back of head?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Neuralgia

Most often this type of pain which is usually sharp and shooting is neuralgia which is an irritability/mild inflammation of a superficial nerve in the scalp and doesn't originate within the brain.
It is more of a nuisance and is not serious. It usually resolves on its own. See your physician if you have persistent symptoms.

In brief: Neuralgia

Most often this type of pain which is usually sharp and shooting is neuralgia which is an irritability/mild inflammation of a superficial nerve in the scalp and doesn't originate within the brain.
It is more of a nuisance and is not serious. It usually resolves on its own. See your physician if you have persistent symptoms.
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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
General Practice

In brief: Occipital neuralgia?

Occipital nerve in the back of the head if under pressure at some point can cause pain in the back of the head.
This pain could be due to tight muscles at the back of the head or pinching of the nerve where it comes out from the cervical spine. See your doctor. May need radiologic imaging studies.

In brief: Occipital neuralgia?

Occipital nerve in the back of the head if under pressure at some point can cause pain in the back of the head.
This pain could be due to tight muscles at the back of the head or pinching of the nerve where it comes out from the cervical spine. See your doctor. May need radiologic imaging studies.
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