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What causes pain in back left of head?

I have had pains in the back left of my head. Some times the are more prominant then other times and som times they happen more frequent. I can't pin point any specifics that cause it but it is a pulsing pain. I had a XRAY and didn't have any answers. I assume thats a good thing. But I can't find out why there happening.
Wed, 10 Sep 2014
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Hi, welcome to our site. I am Dr Saumya Mittal, MD.

Read your query. That is a very significant question and i appreciate your problem. I will try my best to answer your query

The pulsating headache is most commonly seen in the condition called migraine. that is the most common cause of headache and causes headaches of variable intensities and of variable duration. The headaches may or may not be asscoiated with symptoms like photophobia, phonophobia, nausea, vomitting etc.

The xray of the skull is not going to tell us much, in fact most neurologists dont even order it anymore. What you need is an MRI of the brain, or at least a Ct scan if the cost is a factor. And this may be a normal study in migraine. Why I am suggesting it is so that we do not miss another diagnosis, as the location of your headache is mildly atypical to migraine and SOL can cause similar problems

(SOL- Space occupying lesions)

I hope this helps you. Inform the reports mentioned above/if any other so I can be of help further.

I have given you the answer to the maximum considering the information provided. The results of the tests could further enhance my answer to you.

Please do understand that some details could be extracted from a detailed history and examination.

Please feel free to ask another query. I would be glad to help you. Looking forward to your return query with the details asked so that I can help you further.
(If the answer has helped you, please indicate this)
Best of luck.
Dr Mittal.
MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine), CC (Diabetes Mellitus), DNB (Neurology)
Consultant Physician and Diabetologist
JS Hospital
Ex Apollo Hospital, Delhi
Ex Kailash Hospital, Noida
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