Pain At Base Of Skull.

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Asked by cajunlady8

Pain At Base Of Skull.

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.

Answer

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.

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