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I have had chronic neck pain and headache in the back of my head. The pain is very severe at night when I go to sleep and when I wake up. During the day the pain is on and off and lasts for minimum 2 to maximum 3 mts. There is no specific pattern - the headache starts in the back of the head, behind and above the ears and sometimes will move to the top for short periods. As long as the pain lasts, I feel as though there is pressure building up in my head and as though my nerves will burst any moment. I am unable to focus on anything that I do as my hands, legs (and sometimes even my head) becomes numb very often and I do experience blackouts. Sometimes, the pain travels to the down - to the jawbone. If you could tell me what the problem is and if it needs serious attention.

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replied April 11th, 2008
Headache, Migraines, Sinus Conditions Answer A3920
According to your headache description, you could be experiencing a tension headache. Tension headache is a primary headache with not well defined etiology, probably due to anxiety. But before that you can do several diagnostic procedures to exclude organic diseases that can be manifested with headache. You can have an X-ray image of the neck spine taken in order to exclude a spine disorder. You can request a complete clinical examination by your GP. Standard blood tests might also be indicated to check your anemia-situation.

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