Headaches can vary in frequency from bothersome to severe. They can appear on the head at any location. Headaches causing pain in the back of the head may have a variety of causes. Additional signs may classify many of those causes. These signs include the type of pain felt and other areas where the pain can occur. What causes a headache in the back of the head?
Various common causes can cause headaches to develop in the back of the brain. These headaches can induce discomfort in certain areas in certain situations or are caused by other events.
The kinds of pain, position and other symptoms you experience will
help the doctor determine what causes and treat the headache.
Inflammation and swelling of the neck can cause arthritis headaches.
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most severe ones.
Bad posture may also cause back and neck pain. Wrong positioning of your body causes tension in your back, shoulders, and arms. And the tension has the potential to induce a headache. At the base of your skull
you may experience a sullen, throbbing sensation.
Cervicogenic headaches may get more intense when lying down. Indeed certain people will wake up because their sleep is disturbed by the pain.
You can even sense a sensation like a weight on the top of your head when you lay back.
Occipital neuralgia is a condition that occurs when the nerves that run from the spinal cord to the scalp are damaged. It is often associated with migraines. Occipital neuralgia causes intense, aching, throbbing pain in the neck at the base of the head and progresses toward the scalp.
Some symptoms are:
- Pressure in the eyes
- A sharp stabbing pain in the neck and back of the head that feels like an electrical shock
- Feeling sensitive to light
- Tender scalp
- pain as you move your arm
Migraines may occur anywhere, but they are experienced by many on the left side of the head or back of the head.
Some symptoms of migraines:
- Extreme, throbbing pain
- Eyes watering
- Sensitivity to light or even sound
Migraine headaches can start on the left side of the head and then travel to the head’s back around the ear. Learn more about how to cure migraines.