• cajunlady8 cajunlady8
    March 23, 2010
    Pain at the base of the skull
    cajunlady8 cajunlady8
    March 23, 2010

    Two weeks ago I started having a continuous pain in the back of my head on the right side (base of skull). Three days ago it started on the left side. It has not yet stopped hurting.

    Can the deteriorated disc between the 6th & 7th cervical lumbar be causing this pain? When driving, it is difficult to turn my head far enough left or right to check on traffic when trying to merge into a lane or turn onto a street either way. This type of pain has never happened before.  Thank you for any advice you might offer.

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  • Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    March 23, 2010
    Christina Lasich, MD
    Health Pro
    March 23, 2010

    The area at the base of the skull, the top of the neck is the upper cervical spine (aka C1, C2, C3 or occipital/atlas junction and the axis). Most likely you are experiencing arthritis in the upper cervical junction which causes the joints to stick and limit mobility.

    A physical therapist or chiropractor who specializes in the upper cervical spine should be able to help you.

    Here are some other links that might be useful right now:

    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    Let’s Talk Pain Meds

    What You Didn’t Know About Pain Meds

     

    Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

    • cajunlady8
      September 19, 2011
      cajunlady8
      September 19, 2011

      Thank You Dr Lasich. As I am experiencing this pain again I did a search on Yahoo.  I just came across your answer to this question I asked last year. Lo and behold :), it was mine. I will seeking physical therapist or chiropractor that specializes in the upper cervical spine. Thank you again for your response.

      Gerri Liberty

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