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Pain/tenderness on back of head near bottom of skull

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
On the right side to be exact. It's wierd. Not horrible pain, but a little dull pain/tenderness. I did a google search and found a forum where someone asked about the exact same thing and several people responded that they were experiencing it too, but no one gave an answer as to what it might be.

It's not an injury, as far as I know. I just woke up with it and it's been bothering me all day. Any ideas?
post #2 of 24
I get that occasionally, a little sore spot about the size of a penny. I always assumed it was a lymph node or some kind of immune system thing, since it always went away on its own.
post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hmmmm....That's possible I suppose. I was just hoping that it wasn't anything serious that I should call the doctor about. It's not getting any worse, which I guess is a good sign, but it hasn't gone away either.
post #4 of 24
My guess is a lymph node or tensed muscle.
Happens to me once every few months.
post #5 of 24
If it's right at the base of your skull, it's probably a trigger point. I get this *a lot*. I recently realized that while pushing my jogger, it veers to the left, so I push on the right side of the handle bar to straighten it out. I made the connection between this repetitive movement & the strained muscle.

My chiro fixes it up but it hurts like hell! Seriously, it brings tears to my eyes. Afterwards, he tells me to go home & ice it. So I lay on the couch with an ice pack under the base of my skull. This helps immensely.

To fix the trigger point, you need to find the area. Once you push on that area with two fingers, the pain should intensify. Push on it for a good 20 seconds. This blocks the blood flow. once you release your fingers, the blood pumps back in quickly. This surge of blood will also help with the trigger point.

Get yourself to the chiro & use the ice pack!
post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 
Interesting....It still hurts today, but it is a relief o know that it probably isn't anything serious (of course, my first thought are always tumor or something like that )
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by Metasequoia View Post
If it's right at the base of your skull, it's probably a trigger point. I get this *a lot*. I recently realized that while pushing my jogger, it veers to the left, so I push on the right side of the handle bar to straighten it out. I made the connection between this repetitive movement & the strained muscle.

My chiro fixes it up but it hurts like hell! Seriously, it brings tears to my eyes. Afterwards, he tells me to go home & ice it. So I lay on the couch with an ice pack under the base of my skull. This helps immensely.

To fix the trigger point, you need to find the area. Once you push on that area with two fingers, the pain should intensify. Push on it for a good 20 seconds. This blocks the blood flow. once you release your fingers, the blood pumps back in quickly. This surge of blood will also help with the trigger point.

Get yourself to the chiro & use the ice pack!

This TOTALLY makes sense to me. I have pushed on the spot, and intensified the pain, and it did help. And I can see how chiropractic adjustment would help.
post #8 of 24
There is a specific nerve ending right there. Actually there are 2 nerves in the head. Both are on the right side. One is higher up in the middle of the back of the skull and one at the base.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by EVC View Post
On the right side to be exact. It's wierd. Not horrible pain, but a little dull pain/tenderness. I did a google search and found a forum where someone asked about the exact same thing and several people responded that they were experiencing it too, but no one gave an answer as to what it might be.

It's not an injury, as far as I know. I just woke up with it and it's been bothering me all day. Any ideas?
When I worked and first was BF DD I got that a lot too. My chiro fixed me right up! If I stopped seeing her it usually returned.
post #10 of 24
Lymph nodes. I get them all the freaking time. Yes, they'll go away on their own, but not without annoying you first...
post #11 of 24
I went to my chiro yesterday & he could feel the trigger points. There was a subluxation on the right side of the base of my skull & the most painful trigger point was on the left side of the base of my skull. When he pressed on it, it shot up to the crown of my head, just to the right.

Chiropractic can fix this!
post #12 of 24

It could be a sinus infection.  There is a tube that drains your sinuses right there on each side.  I am experiencing it right now and I put a heating pad with a baseball underneath and it brings some relief and I can feel my sinuses drain when I move around on it.  We probably both need to go to the doctor.

post #13 of 24

I also get this several times a year.  If it doesn't go away within a week, I know I have a sinus infection.  Went to the Dr. yesterday with this pain and sure enough, another sinus infection.  After about a week of antibiotics, I will be good as new.

post #14 of 24

Ive had this problem for a week and became very concerned like you. Only my pain and tenderness was just above my right ear and closer to the back right corner of my head. Then a I was Layin in bed on my back, I was feeling my head and felt a bump on my pillow. It is the kind that is like a bean bag chair, and I sleep on my right side and found out the zipper has been pressed giants the same spot on my head every time. Relieved I am. But it is always best to consult a doctor about any concerns. Have a great day and god bless

post #15 of 24

Ive had this pain for about a month, but afraid to go to dr. since i have no ins. have any idea what and why its caused.

post #16 of 24

I too have that trigger pain .Mine can be blinding at times .I found out i have 3 bulging disks in my neck C3 -C4 C4-C5 C5 -C6 that push on the spinail cord causing pinched nerves. I will be getting botox for the pain and a cervical epidoral at a later date ....

post #17 of 24

I have regular massages for back pain and have been told tender points at the base of ur skull on the right side is due to dehydration.

post #18 of 24

I wish I could post a picture on here of the area I THINK you are talking about. Because if it is. I get this every now and then and I get paranoid that maybe it's a tumor also.... have you ever gone to the dr for this?

 

I would have random pains in my head that was totally different than a headache....i knew it wasn't a headache so I got an MRI done on my head and they couldn't find anything....

post #19 of 24

I don't know if this is what you're referring to, but, I've learned from my wellness practitioner that certain pains in the back of the head can be linked to a high fat diet, and other forms of stress.  That was the case with me.  I went on a weekly regime that included change in diet, and other wellness recommendations she gave me.  It worked.  Have not had the pain since.

post #20 of 24

me too.i am 9 yrs but i dnt know why it is happening to me. any awnsers....................

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