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What causes a painful spot at the base of the skull?

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Posted on Wed, 25 May 2016
Question: I have a spot at the base of my scull on the left side that is painful to touch, and is also causing a headache. There is no redness or bump of any kind at the sore spot. No recent head injury
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Answered by Dr. Erion Spaho (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Occipital neuralgia, tension headache and arthritis.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thanks for using HCM.

I have read your query and understand your concerns.

Conditions that may cause similar symptoms with yours include tension-type headaches, arthritis of upper cervical spine and occipital neuralgia ( or compression of upper cervical nerves that supply back of the head ).

There is need to be evaluated further by your primary care Doctor about these conditions and by tests such cervical x-rays and blood tests about inflammation levels.

Since motrin doesn't offer prolonged relief, other medications such tramadol for example and physical therapy should be considered.

Hope you found the answer helpful.

Let me know if you can assist you further.

Greetings.
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What causes a painful spot at the base of the skull?

Brief Answer: Occipital neuralgia, tension headache and arthritis. Detailed Answer: Hello and thanks for using HCM. I have read your query and understand your concerns. Conditions that may cause similar symptoms with yours include tension-type headaches, arthritis of upper cervical spine and occipital neuralgia ( or compression of upper cervical nerves that supply back of the head ). There is need to be evaluated further by your primary care Doctor about these conditions and by tests such cervical x-rays and blood tests about inflammation levels. Since motrin doesn't offer prolonged relief, other medications such tramadol for example and physical therapy should be considered. Hope you found the answer helpful. Let me know if you can assist you further. Greetings.