Full Question: My mother in law, 87 years old, never had migraines has developed a symptom that makes me wonder. She says she has an extremely tender spot at the back of her head that burns and is very painful. She has been concerned and hurt enough to get a MRI and CT scan done, which isn't like her at all. I'm wondering if it could be a symptom of a migraine without the headache.
Teri told me there could be symptoms like that without the headache and that popped in my mind as soon as my MIL told me she was suffering terrible with this. I asked her if it felt like someone had pulled her hair really hard for a long time and she said yes. The MRI and CT scan showed absolutely nothing. Sounds like a nerve problem to me but remembering what Teri had said I wanted to ask the Clinician if it could be this. Thank you, Cynthia.
The question is an interesting one as elders sometimes will have head pain without headaches per se. Certainl...
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