Neck pain at base of skull

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For years, I have suffered from occasional, nearly crippling <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> about an inch above my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span>. I love my life, and yet have uncontrollable mood swings all the time. Several doctors have tried anti depressents which honestly seem to make me tired and worse, as there is nothing going on that is really depressing me.
i have had a soreness at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> the left side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span>....and when I touch that spot, it feelsl ike a bruise! Also, I can trace the pain down that side of my neck, too! HELP???
I have had several attacks <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> severe <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in the back <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my head at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my skull. I have also noticed that the vision in my right eye has changed. I have been to three eye doctors in the past 6 months with no answers, they say my vision is fine. Sometimes the pain radiates through my head to my frontal lobe of my face. Sometimes the pain radiates down the right side of my neck down into my shoulder. Is there anything I can do to relieve this pain??
I have a lump about the size <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> a golf ball at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> where my spine meets my head. It's been there for about 5-6 months. I never use to get headaches but get them daily now, about the same time of day (late afternoon till morning. It starts in my neck, then I get a very hot sensation shoot through my head into my eyes. After that (about 15 minutes) I get a shooting, throbbing, sharp pain through my head from neck to eyes.
About 3 years ago I noticed a hard mass at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> on the left side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my neck. Probably 1/2" large. I hadn't noticed it before. It wasn't painful, it was very hard, fixed, and circular shaped. I had my EMT father look at it, and he passed it off saying it just felt like I had an oddly shaped skull. So, I mostly forgot about it since it wasn't bothersome, and he didn't express concern. A year or so later, I noticed the same mass.
By the way the occipital nerves are in back <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> head at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> on both sides. I have been having the epidural nerve blocks , but they do not seem to be helping much! I haven't yet tal;ked to my dr. about procedures because I still can't have any for another month due to the fusion I had in my neck! But the pain I have there is very severe!!!!!! anyone with any info, please write!!
i'm having the exact same symptoms, but it can't be shingles as i am on a daily prophylactic regime <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> acyclovir for my HSV II. the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> is at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span>, left side, sore to the touch, pressure hurts, but for a few seconds after pressure is lessened, it doesn't hurt; but only for a few seconds. tilting my head backward causes pain to shoot higher up into my skull and feels like i'm being impaled from that spot right up thru my left eye.
I started having <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> that radiates up into the head that sorta burns. It has been happening for months now, It used to happen once everyother week well now it is happening 2-3 times a day. i went to my doctor and told her the symptoms such as of course left base of skull pain, major left eye twitching, eyes going blurry, extreme tiredness, moderte hair loss, pressure, and just over all not feeling well.
Sunday night I noticed <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> on the left side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my head where the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> bumps on both sides. I ran my fingers over both sides of my head and did not feel any significant difference in size or shape. I felt some slight swelling on the left side. I also asked my husband to see if he felt any swelling and he said the left side was maybe slightly swollen. I have not any injury to the area. I served Jury Duty all week last week and have to have my head turned to the right each day.
I couldn't lift my arms before I had it done and had extreme <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span>. I can lift my arms now although only for short periods <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> time and I have lost all muscle. I can live with that. What is driving me over the edge is the pain at the base of my skull and neck, the choking around the top of my throat, the tightness of my jaw muscles and scalp. I can only lay down or sleep on my left side with my hand under my head propping it up at an angle. It's still not painfree.
I have horrible <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> in the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> on the left side. I also have nodes swollen in my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> and the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my skull on both side and behind my ears! My joints hurt, and my hands hurt. I have pain in my spine and lower back. My neck hurts so bad. I am getting headaches and I just feel weak and tired all the time. I was hoping you could tell me what it could be. I took 7 days of bactrim but no relief. And then I took another 7 days but still no relief!
I helped her when she awoke with some breathing excercises, laying on her back and stretching the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> muscles out. This lasted about 45 minutes. When I got to the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> her <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> (I picked up her neck and messaged the base) it appeared to be mushy with excess fluid to me. I checked my neck, and felt pretty sure that she had an extra 'something' there. She told me that her headaches have been coming and going for about 2 years (she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia for 16 years now).
While sittintng I get a rumbling sensation in my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> that is not accompanied by <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span>, but there is a sensation somewhat like grinding that I feel. If I lean forward and put my arms on the desk the rumbling stops. This also occurs when I am in bed leaning on an arm with my head not supported by a pillow. It is continuous and doues not stop unless I tense the muscles in my neck and shoulders. Once I relax it starts again. If I look up it stops.
I have a lump about the size <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> a golf ball at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> where my spine meets my head. It's been there for about 5-6 months. I never use to get headaches but get them daily now, about the same time of day (late afternoon till morning. It starts in my neck, then I get a very hot sensation shoot through my head into my eyes. After that (about 15 minutes) I get a shooting, throbbing, sharp pain through my head from neck to eyes.
I did my CT scan on Saturday and the Dr called to say that there is bruising on my brain but it is not near the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span>. My MRI is scheduled for next week and the Dr said they will now do a more in depth MRI after finding the bruising. What is your thougts on what is causing my headaches and are they related to the bruising? Why would I have bruising now with no recent head trama?
My grandmother passed away a week ago and the pains are worse than ever! There is a burning sensation at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> and in my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> and I am now finding it difficult to sleep as the burning persists and my neck feels like stone. I do have some history of anxiety attacks...when I was in university I think I had a headache that lasted an entire year!
The floor always feels like it's moving. I started getting jaw <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> too. The tightness is always at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> and goes in like a circle to my eyes. I originally thought it was a tension headache but almost 6 months later, and it's still there. I've been to every doctor you can imagine, too many to list and no one has come up with anything. I've had Cat Scans and MRIs and everything comes back normal. Now my right shoulderblade area on my back is VERY tight too.
with what felt like a large knot at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> (left side) that was very tender to the touch. I had an MRI/Spine xrays in 2010 due to extreme pain and waterflowing sensations in the upper part of my head; no tumor was detected but showed degen.disks. I had a cervical disk op in 1970 and degen.disk ever since. I put ice on the back of my skull/neck to try to relieve what felt like a large bump. Should I do anything else ?? I am 71 yrs old. Thank you.
I am going thru menupause and the start of very low fatigue 2 years ago, I developed a <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> ache at the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span>. I know my adrenale glands are not doing good thru the menupause. Taking dreamin for adrenals. Not doing much. But chiro saw that on my legs I had tender points and may have fibromyalgia. Gee now this plus menupause. Anyway. Dr.s do you know why I have the constant dull ache in back of neck? I did not injure neck at all. This discussion is related to <a href='http://www.
my boyfriend used to rub the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> and squeeze it to try and relieve the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span> when my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>neck</span> felt tight awhile back and recently ( dont think that has anything to do with this but thought id tell you everything that could have to do with it) i also bought a heat pad and been using it but its not helping. using alot of advil and it does nothing AT ALL. im scared it wont go away. i cant sleep because of the pain and it literally making me feel sick.
I have had severe <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>pain</span>/soreness in the <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>base</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>skull</span> (right side) for over 2 weeks now. At first I thought I had slept wrong on my pillow but it hasn't gotten any better. What could this be? No other symptoms that I have noticed.
A related discussion, <a href='/posts/show/545096'>pain on left side of head</a> was started.
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