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Pain in Base of Skull: What Headache at Base of Skull Means
What Causes Painful Lump at Base of Skull: Right and Left Side Symptoms & Treatment
Help someone with useful health advice. Did You Know? Injury, frequent strain due to overuse of neck muscles and poor posture while sitting or lying down are some of the most common factors responsible for causing pain at the base of the skull. Pain at the base of the skull is often associated with damage to the nerve that is passing through that area. The discomfort may even spread to the shoulder area and affect normal movement of the neck and shoulders. The pain causes headache and makes the scalp very sensitive. Even combing the area, especially in the rear part of the skull, can cause unbearable pain.
Pain at the Base of the Skull
Pain or headaches at the base of your skull are often the result of tight muscles in the back of your neck due to tension, stress, or fatigue. Pain in back of head at the base of skull can also be caused by a herniated cervical disc or injury to your upper neck. Sometimes, the headaches that start at the base of the skull can be tension headaches, cluster headaches, or cervicogenic headaches.
Based in Houston, Texas, Dr. Mary D. Daley has been writing and editing health and medicine articles for more than 20 years. Daley holds an MD degree, as well as an MSc in biomedical writing. She is also a board-certified anesthesiologist in the United States and Canada.