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Intermittent clutching pain on the back of head upto neck, stroke ruled out. What could the cause be?

For 2 days now (I am a 70 yr old woman) I ve had a clutching sort of pain in the right side of the back of my head, up from my neck Went to Emergency and they tested me for a stroke but couldn t find any reason. It is as though someone is squeezing inside my head. My neck is stiff, the top vertebrae is painful as are the vertebrae below it, painful to touch. The squeezing type of pain lasts 7 seconds, there is a reprieve of about 30 seconds and then it goes again. Otherwise I am well. Annie
Asked On : Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome,

Thanks for your query.

Let me try to put forward another possibility if this helps.

You are a post-menopausal woman, and Migraines are common in this age-group, although seen in other age groups as well.

The symptoms are:

-Irritation to noise
-An aura like presentation before the migraine attack which includes a mild headache and even at times black spots in vision
-Nausea and even vomiting
-Neck stiffness

Please note, not all symptoms need to be present during a migraine attack.

Also noted in many migraine sufferers, is usually a triggering factor is present. Most common ones:

-Irregular eating habits (prolonged starvation or excessive eating)
-Temperature, etc.

If you feel this could be a possibility, kindly consult your doctor or schedule an appointment with a neurologist, as there are many different types of headaches.

Also, a visit to the ophthalmologist can also help, to rule out any trouble with vision.

I hope I contributed, you could write back to us anytime for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
Answered: Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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