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I have over the past few weeks had alot of pressure and swelling hapening on the back of my head on the left side just above my neck going up that side about half way can anyone tell me what this might be caused by I have never had any type of head or neck injury
i do suffer from some numbness on my right side as well as extreme tenderness as if I received a hard blow to the head and I am always cold lately can someone help me figure this out
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replied January 24th, 2004
Pressure On Back of Head When Laughing
Has anyone experienced pressure in the back of the head when laughing hard? This may sound funny, but it is disturbing and I want to know if there could be a problem (or should I stop laughing???) and what can be done about this. I also have a pain in my left ear. Could this be related?
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replied January 25th, 2004
Pain In Back of Head
I have been trying to determine the cause of pain and pressure in the back of my head, ears and neck for quite some time. An ent, ear, nose and throat specialist thinks I have tmj and should see a dentist who specializes in it. I made an appointment . . . You might want to look into it as a possible cause of your pain. Good luck!
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replied February 2nd, 2004
Hi I also have a lot of pressure and pain in the back of my head. I found out 2 years ago I have ms. I guess my lessions are located in the back. I still question if the lessions are related to migrains ( I have had them 15 years) have you had an mri lately?
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replied September 8th, 2005
Finally, Someone Else That Has This
My twin sister and I both experience this (we have called them "laugh bumps" since we were little girls. We have no idea what causes it but it always happens when we laugh to hard. Since we've gotten older..Now it happens when I blow dry my hair. Please let me know if you get any information.
Thanks!
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replied October 5th, 2006
Re: Pressure On Back of Head When Laughing
jwhite wrote:
has anyone experienced pressure in the back of the head when laughing hard? This may sound funny, but it is disturbing and I want to know if there could be a problem (or should I stop laughing???) and what can be done about this. I also have a pain in my left ear. Could this be related?


i am having the identical pain. Please tell me what you've found out. I am 31 years old and this has been going on for a while now. The soreness isn't going away now. It's on the left back side of my head and feels like my head is going to blow if I laugh too hard, or hold my breath. I have a numbness in my left ear and temple area. Can you help?
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replied February 13th, 2008
Headaches When Laughing Hard
I also suffer from sudden onset headaches when laughing hard and get swollen bumps at the base of my head on both sides behind the ears, just like terrihawk described. I found information indicating it could be a cervicogenic headache. Read the info below from netwellness.org for detailed information (this is the link:www.netwellness.org/question.cfm/4490 2.htm ):

Question:
I am not sure if I am in the right place, but I need an answer. Earlier this evening I was playing with my cats. They were making me laugh. The harder I laughed the more the back of my head hurt. And it hurt BAD.. I had to stop myself from laughing because it felt like the back of my head was going to literally explode. After I settled down and stopped laughing, the pain went away.. what on earth could cause such a thing? The best way I can explain the location of the pain is to put my hands over my ears and touch finger tip to finger tip, probably about where the spinal cord ends. The pain is very deep.

Answer:
Pain in the back of the head is often referred to as a cervicogenic (meaning: from the neck) headache because it often originates from an irritation in the upper cervical (neck) spine. This is because the nerves that supply the back of the head originate in the upper cervical spine. It is seen most commonly in patients with whiplash injury and in patients with marked arthritis of the upper cervical spine. Usually this kind of pain is worse with prolonged sitting in a stooped posture as when working on a keyboard for long hours.

The fact that you have had the pain with laughing is unusual but can be explained. When we laugh, we activate a lot of our muscles in the face, and we may extend our neck depending on the position. Neck extension sometimes may cause worsening of the pain in patients with cervicogenic headache.

On the other hand, there are patients who experience a lot of pain in their faces when they laugh. They usually have a condition called trigeminal neuralgia (also known as tic douleureux) that is due to irritation of the fifth cranial nerve (also known as the trigeminal nerve). Interestingly, the trigeminal nerve fibers in their path from the face to the brain stem, "dip" into the upper cervical spine, in the same area where the nerve fibers that supply the back of the head travel. These may be the reason why you had pain when you were laughing. Fortunately, it only happened once and you may not need to do anything about it at this point in time. However, if it recurs, you may need to see a neurologist for diagnostic workup.

I hope this helps you
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replied December 31st, 2008
headaches when laughing
Check it out...You may have Chiari Malformation 1. It is usually misdiagnosed and the MRI must be takes of the Base of the skull, so many MRIs miss it. A neurologist is the only dr. that may know of this neurological condition. I was diagnosed after many visits to doctors. This disorder is associated with compromised decreased CSF flow. This is treatable but not curable.
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replied April 16th, 2011
Large Swellings on the back of my head at skull base chiari ptc
Hi Barking, I know this was a long time ago, but if you still get messages off this forum, I have pseudotumor cerebri/intracranial hypertension, but i have massive pain at the base of my skull, and large swellings on either side of my skull base, I had ER CT to look for ear infection did not show anything except sinus disease although i have none. I have had two normal MRI's also, but they were rule out MRI's, not of the skull base. I have been from Dr. to Dr and Ijust keep getting sicker and sicker Sad I have had two neurologists, they have just given me spinal taps that make it worse! botox, and now im on morphine. No one has ever told me what those thing on the back of my head were, do you have them?
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replied July 6th, 2011
Swollen lumps at the base of my skull followed by migraine
I have them. They seem to get very swollen right before bad weather, or if I'm getting sick. They are a little larger than golf ball size, and they cause a migraine like you wouldn't believe. I have never had a doc successfully diagnose me, but I think it might have something to do with maybe lymph nodes swelling under the right conditions. I have been known to get tension headaches too, but this is different. My neurologist was useless, and please be careful of some of the meds they try to put you on for pain...they have some really bad side affects and can be very addictive. Easily said, I know. When you're in that kind of pain you'll do about anything. I hope you find some relief soon.
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replied August 13th, 2011
Mine are now 3 1/2" long and almost 2" tall and im in constant pain and on fentanyl patches, i absolutely hate the meds but i am no longer functioning and almost an invalid from this. it is 24/7 pain and pressure that never goes away. face is always red and left side of face very swollen. have met very few people who have thise symptoms, but most have chiari malformations. I think they would see that in a regular brain mri? I hope by now you are better and thank you for replying!
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replied April 16th, 2011
Large Swellings on the back of my head at skull base chiari ptc
Hi Barking, I know this was a long time ago, but if you still get messages off this forum, I have pseudotumor cerebri/intracranial hypertension, but i have massive pain at the base of my skull, and large swellings on either side of my skull base, I had ER CT to look for ear infection did not show anything except sinus disease although i have none. I have had two normal MRI's also, but they were rule out MRI's, not of the skull base. I have been from Dr. to Dr and Ijust keep getting sicker and sicker Sad I have had two neurologists, they have just given me spinal taps that make it worse! botox, and now im on morphine. No one has ever told me what those thing on the back of my head were, do you have them?
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replied April 16th, 2011
Large Swellings on the back of my head at skull base chiari ptc
Hi Barking, I know this was a long time ago, but if you still get messages off this forum, I have pseudotumor cerebri/intracranial hypertension, but i have massive pain at the base of my skull, and large swellings on either side of my skull base, I had ER CT to look for ear infection did not show anything except sinus disease although i have none. I have had two normal MRI's also, but they were rule out MRI's, not of the skull base. I have been from Dr. to Dr and Ijust keep getting sicker and sicker Sad I have had two neurologists, they have just given me spinal taps that make it worse! botox, and now im on morphine. No one has ever told me what those thing on the back of my head were, do you have them?
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replied June 8th, 2011
Rear head pain on laughing.
Yes. Now that starts t sound plausible. I have always experienced, pain and pressure on both sides of the head at the rear (behind the bottom of the ears) when laughing extensively. It feels like the laughing is causing some build up and can be quite sore and painful....and worrying!
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replied March 23rd, 2009
Headache with nose bleed
I have a question related to the headache but not the nosebleed. My husband and I went out to dinner and I had a margarita. And I thought the margarita was too strong for me. The next day when I woke up there's a shhoting pain in a small part of my head and I was thinking that's because of the margarita, because I don't drink but I had one glass. The back of my head (right part) is hurting now for three days and my nose bled for 2 consecutive days (once a day). The pain is not bad but you can tell it's there What scares me is my head is hurting with nose bleeding. Is this really the side effect of the margarita. Please help.
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replied February 10th, 2010
when I laugh too hard I feel like I am about to black out(I get this strange feeling in my head as if something is about to burst) and I also feel this weakness and tingling in my left arm and the back of my head really hurts like a tension headache, does anyone know anything about what I'm feeling? I appreciate the help.
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replied February 20th, 2011
Brain tumor or Chiari Malformation?
I have had this pain and pressure on the right side of my head for 3 or 4 years now, an MRI came up "clean" and now that the symptoms are moderately worse I am seeking another MRI. I am worried and convinced I have either some kind of brain tumor or Chiari Malformation I. It feels like there is some kind of mass at the back of my head and I have constant tinnitus. My lack of other symptoms has me hopeful I might not have a deadly brain tumor but without an MRI I have no idea. Can anyone with Chiari I describe the feeling of the symptoms so I have a better idea of what I am dealing with? Is Chiari only on one side of the brain?
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replied May 31st, 2013
back of head / neck swollen and painful
Hi Kiddo40,
Was searching for exactly what you described. Am 41 yo female. my left side of "bump" on back of my head near my neck is swollen and sore (again!). this is not the first time it has happened, but it has been happening more and more frequently and is starting to interfere with my life. The two bumps on the back of the head at the top of the neck -- one is perceptibly bigger and sorer than the other (accordign to my family too, not just me). It aches. It comes and it goes, but this time hanging on for days. no trauma or injury to the area, just swolllenness and pain, and no recent infections. even if it gets better by monday, thinking have to go to dr. b/c it keeps coming back.
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replied July 22nd, 2013
I am looking for answers to my own very similar issues. I had a head trauma at 23 my skull cracked in the back right side of my skull. 13 staples. Suffered from tinnitus , lost smell for 4 years, lots of head pain, lost hearing in my right ear. I eventually recovered and at the age of 29 I was assualted with a baseball bat , hit from behind in the head or neck. I broke c2, multable fractures to my skull and a broken jaw. The neck pain I currently live with started after they removed the halo. I spent years trying to coop with that pain. At some point my head would also hurt. It starts in the back right, at the point of the fracture from the first time, that area of my head feels like a big lump. The skull feels raised there. This pain I get has been something that would come and go & happened mostly while playing a video game for long periods of time. The only way to rid myself of the pain was to stop and turn my head to the left. At that point I will feel a cooling sensation like releif feeling. This occursnse has been hopping more and more often. I cannot just turn my head to relive it anymore. It's a constant swelling and pressure that feels hot. If I lay on my left side while watching television it worsens. If I roll over onto my right side it feels better. I am both stricken with pain from the nerves in my neck that make my right side of the back of the neck always swollen and this pain that is so often and crippling at times. When it is bad I get so scared that its something very bad. I went to the hospital the other night and the doctor that didn't ever look at my head simply said it was a cyst. I looked it up at home and was so mad that he said it, I was simply pushed away because of whatever reason. Now today was my apt with my family doctor. I explained it all and she wouldn't take me seriously. I said I am afraid and think I need to see a nurologist, she said no you don't. Lets do some lab work first. They took blood and a urine sample. I'm sure they think I'm some pill seeking junky but if they really stopped to ask. This pain I get isn't something that any pain meds I'm aware of will take away! I don't want that & just want answers. I haven't been able to live a normal life and now it is even harder. Idk what this is but it's nothing like a cyst. It's a bump that feels like bone. Probably a little from the fracture when I was young but it seems to be bigger and frightens me. Please help me find an answer!! I can't live this way...
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replied July 31st, 2013
keithstonelll go see another doctor!!! if you are paying them for their service and they are blowing you off, find another one who really cares!!! I have dealt with auto immune issues and have problems with my lymph nodes at the back of my head swelling at various times bringing with it intense pain. I don't have all the answers yet, but I have dealt with ER doctors and family doctors just like that. Don't just settle for whatever they say. Check with people you know to find one who cares.
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replied August 12th, 2013
I have 2 large lumps at the base of my skull, left larger than right. I assume this to be lymph nodes and wasn't really upset at first. Now they have swollen so large that they have split open. They are draining a clear fluid, really annoying. I am also having what I would call flashes in my vision, black and white electrical looking flashes that are in both eyes. I also have extreme fatigue, nausea and neck pain. Is it anything besides lymph node swelling?
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replied August 12th, 2013
I have 2 large lumps at the base of my skull, left larger than right. I assume this to be lymph nodes and wasn't really upset at first. Now they have swollen so large that they have split open. They are draining a clear fluid, really annoying. I am also having what I would call flashes in my vision, black and white electrical looking flashes that are in both eyes. I also have extreme fatigue, nausea and neck pain. Is it anything besides lymph node swelling?
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