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shooting pain in back of head

I have this sharp shooting pain in the back of my head its in the lower part of my head and it shoots pain every few seconds up the right side of my head kinda toward my temple. the base of my head is sore to touch. is this somthing i shoul be conserned about. the inly way i can sleep is take tyl. pm. please give me some feed back thank you.
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Thank you for the feed back, I was wondering if I painted for 4 hrs and didnot were a mask if this could of did the trick. The paint is high in somthing we were to were mask but no one did so I didnt either. it made my throat sore and i also have a big red circle on my neck were my adams apple is. I was hoping this will all go away.in time.
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Hi, probably it is occipital neuralgia, though other possibility is tension headache. Occipital neuralgia is a chronic pain disorder caused by irritation or injury to the occipital nerve located in the back of the scalp. Individuals with the disorder experience pain originating at the nape of the neck. The pain, often described as throbbing and migraine-like, spreads up and around the forehead and scalp. Occipital neuralgia can result from physical stress, trauma, or repeated contraction of the muscles of the neck.

Treatment involves pain killers, drugs like gabapentin, amitryptline etc are also helpful
http://www.healthscout.com/ency/68/536/main.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occipital_neuralgia

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You need to see a neurologist to rule out any growths pressing on nerves, but sounds like Occipital Neuralgia which I had and received a nerve block for. There are also medications  like Amitriptyline or other tricyclic antidepressants or anticonvulsants that can help with nerve pain. Most likely it's benign but you still need to check it out.
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Do you have any other symptoms like ringing in your ears, or a swooshing sound in your ears, of vision problems? If so these could be symptoms to a conditions called Intercrannial Hypertention (of PsuedoTumor Cerebri). You can look this up and see if your symptoms fit.
Other conditions it could be Migranes - they can be bizare too.
Good luck and stay healthy
Nanna527
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