Sharp Pain Back of Head on the Right Side + Tenderness

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   Posted 8/26/2008 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Several nights ago while watching television I had some sudden sharp pain on the back of my head, only on the left side near the bottom of my skull. I thought maybe I was just tired and so I went to bed. Now, it's been everday I've had some sharp pains just to that side, the same location. My head has felt a little heavy on my shoulders and now when I touch the part of my head where the pain occurs it is rather tender. I am not sure if I should be very concerned or not. I'm an 18 year old female. I am at the moment taking amitriptyline, not sure if I spelt it right, for headaches. I have been taking 25mg a night for the past two or three years. The only other thing is that when the pain occurs, it has been occuring more often lately, whenever I try to turn my head to the right the pain gets worse. Should I be horribly concerned? As in a tumour? Or could it be sinus pain? My father has been painting lately, so could it be from the fumes? I've found I've become somewhat congested and have taken a decongestant which I think has helped, however tonight, when I took it, it became more of a headache and occured everywhere but was not as painful. Just hoping someone can shed some light into this and reassure me that it is nothing horribly serious. It would mean so much.

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   Posted 8/31/2008 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sam,

Welcome to healing Well. Sorry to hear about this pain in your head/neck. I would suggest that you go and see your Doctor about this. I doubt it is anything serious, but I am not a Doctor. You may have just caught a nerve between the bones in your neck somehow and with a bit of Physiotherapy you may get some relief.

Please go and see your Doctor about this.

take care

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   Posted 9/18/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a very similar situation. I have a pain in the same spot (like a throbbing that comes and goes), on the back of the head/neck area on the left hand side. I also get pain in my shoulder and near my shoulder blade, but with pain reliever those pains go away for the most part. I ALSO noticed the pain while watching TV and it hurts to touch the exact spot. I used a massager on it so i feel like i irritated it more. I haven't been congested but the pain has been terrible to the point of tears. i was writing to see if you ever figured out what was wrong before i went to a doctor. it has only been about 2-3 days for me.

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   Posted Today 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
When I get bad headaches I often get tenderness on the scalp right in the area of the headache. I always felt it was due to muscle tension. Do you take any pain relievers for your headaches? Amitriptyline didn't really work well for me in terms of preventing them - I had to do a lot more in the realm of stress management (massage, exercise, etc...) to really stop them from happening.

At any rate, it doesn't sound at all like anything horribly serious, but it could be good to visit your doctor and talk to them about this and see what other types of treatments are out there.

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   Posted 9/26/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like I have the exact same symptoms.  I am wondering if mine has to do with sinuses too.  Or I know I have a tooth with some pronlems on the same side.  I am going to see how it goes for the next few days then go to the doctor.  It seems to flair up at night while I'm laying down.  I have been taking avil with some help.  It does come and go all of a sudden some times. 
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