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I have a pain on my skull/scalp

Posted by Franniesh

I have a pain on my skull or scalp, which is slightly worse if pressure is applied.  It is the same sensation that I used to get as a child when I had my hair pulled back into a pony tail, but I haven't worn my hair like that for about 15 years now.  It's a patch on the top right of my skull/scalp.

 Does anyone have any idea what this is?

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It may be what's called allodynia. That's when this that normally are NOT painful become painful. It's often a symptom of Migraine.

Do mention this to your doctor at your next appointment.


I am not sure what to tell you. It could be cutaneous allodynia (pain on the skin or scalp that is triggered by innocuous stimuli like washing your hair, combing or brushing your hair) like Teri and Janet suggest. It is commonly associated with Migraine disease and fibroymyalgia. Here is a link you might find useful: 
I'm searching for an answer too.  This started about 2 months ago.  It is a tightening and tingling feeling. I do not have migranes, but I am starting to get some headaches.  I have been told I "MAY" have figromyalgia but Lyrica does not always helps.  Nothing I know triggers's just there.  It is very uncomfortable, painful and kinda a freeky. I've been to dr's, accupunctures,natureopath for chronic pain"fibro" and kinda get tired of listening to myself describe my symptons.  But this is a new symptom. Could use some help
I have the same symptoms with the sore scalp, but just on the left side, where I've been getting sharp pains on my left templs area, and my scalp also itches alot, more so of the itching and sensitivity of the scalp when the pains in my temple are stronger.  I had MRI, blood tests, etc., but NOT for fibromyalgia, and was told it was a headache... although he didn't know about the itchy scalp.  Does that come along with it?  So, this is kind of an answer/question... sounds like it's possible to get sensitive scalp with head aches.
Oh, and I had vision loss in my left eye less than 6 months ago as well, but 2nd MRI had no change, so they don't think it's MS.

I started getting pain and itchiness on one side of the back of my scalp about 3 weeks ago.  There are little bumps where it hurts.  Seems to be moving gradually upwards.  The pain is like the sting of nettles, with tenderness around the area, but there is no discoloration or evidence of bites. 

Then my neck lymph nodes became swollen, mainly on the same side.  The doctor has given me antibiotics, which seem to be slowly helping with the lymph nodes, but the scalp pain is getting worse.  He's now sent me for blood tests for "common infections" such as HIV and herpes.  Strange given that my lifestyle doesn't suggest STDs.  Is he on the right track?

I have the same symptoms as sc, but have not seen a Dr yet. No insurance. Would appreciate help to narrow this down



I have migraines on the right side of my head.  My migraines can last for days.  It's like a cycle.  When I get them, they stay for days.  I've had MRIs, MRA,s, CatScans on my sinuses, you name, I've had it.  I've been to a Chiropractor and no luck!  I think I can control them as long as I take something as soon as I feel them coming on.  My doctor put me on Fioricet which seems to help alot.  I've  also had tenderness at the top of my scalp on the right side.  It doesn't happen all the time but I have noticed that when I get it, it is after I've had a bout of migraines.  However, I did notice that I had tenderness a couple of days ago, no headache, but I had an ear ache.  Don't know if it was associated together but I suspect it was.  My ear ache left at the same time my tenderness left.  Just thought I would share.  I really don't have any answers either.

sounds very similar to what i have. i have a re-occurring bump behind my right ear, shooting pain from above each eye that runs straight up each temple to the back of the shoulder/neack area. i wonder if sinuses are at play because i feel pressure around eye & even cheekbones. my main concern besides the neck pain/headaches is the dizziness that is with me 70% of the time wether or not i have the other symptoms.. any ideas? thanks
i wanted to add the pain runs more from above each eye straight up forehead (almost along the narrow channels (sinuses?) that run straight to top of the skull then back down towards the back of the eye down to shoulderblade. does anyone else have that pain that runs alongs those crevises on the skull?
I've had scalp pain for my entire adult life. I can't put a pony tail (high) in my hair, wear hats, visors or glasses unless loose. Any time I have pressure against my scalp, especially my temples, I have pain that leads to an instant headache. If I remove the pressure, the headache goes away. Occasionally I have extreme sensitivity in a small area of my scalp, usually right upper back area. It hurts to move my hair. Occasionally I get tension and cluster headaches. I was Dx with fibromyalgia over 20 years ago. I've tried everything OTC. I even took Gabapentin (for nerve pain) for RSD, but didn't have any relief for either condition. I've learned to live with it. I really want to learn to scuba dive, but with this scalp pain I can't wear the mask. :0(


please reply...

i am 25 years old girl suffering from skull portion pain for last 4 or 5 years. before it was happens after long gape thats why i used to ignore it. but now it becoming severe and once i get it, it lasts for days. i feel like a am having weight over my skull or some one pinching my hairs from scalp. i also happens whenever i take tension. it hurts to move my hair. same problem as CMB mentions cant out a  pony tail (high or tight) besides this i feel pain in my eyes too. i want to know which disease i have?

secondly i am facing another problem from few months. i have got lower right back pain. but i only happens when i bend down or up .

i want to know that  what it can be????

I have no idea what it could be. I also have pain on the top right side of my skull. It starts, and stops at least 5 times a minute when it flares up. The pain feels like a brain freeze consintrated in one small area. I grab my head and cry out in pain, because it hurts so bad. I have been to the dr, but still no answers. I had, and still have the effects of bells palsey from 2004. My face is partially numb in the right cheek bone under my eye. My smile still isn't right. I feel deformed. Just typing this post I have tears in my eyes from the pain. If it were constant pain I wouldn't be able to bare it. The pain is the same as when I was first feeling the effects of bells palsey. This has been going on now since 2004. Thank God this isn't constant!!!!Norma
i also had a pain in my right side of the skull.i though it was a swollen gland but after 3 weeks with it i started worry,my friend told me it can be TEMPORAL ARTERITIS.Who knows i made an appt with a neurologist,my doctor said it can be Fybromyalgia?? who knows..
hey can any body explain me this....i got hurt on my skull about a year ago with a drop of blood poping out but it later stopped and now frm a month im feeling the pain in the same place..what it could be..?
no harm if you check your bp or check if you are having a stroke. a well wisher


Did yoou find out what is happening to you? I am curious because I have had scalp tenderness, hair loss and swollen lymph nodes in my neck for 6 months. Dr. thinks i am crazy but can not find a cause. Please share your findings.


Hi I have scalp pain which i say is Headache. Hair falls everytime i have this pain. Im not able to lead normal happy life. I have tried physiotherapy. I notice that i get pain when i put my hair up. But is there more to it.. i dont know sometime why the helll i get the pain..


Has a doctor given you a diagnosis for this headache? That's the place to start, getting a diagnosis so you can then address this headache and get your life back.  If your doctor isn’t able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article  If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of .

Good luck!

I have had the same - only on left side. Started with throbbing pain in one spot on left side of head for 4 days. saw Dr. by this time, pain had moved down to base of skull on left to occipital lymph node but now whole left scalp was tender with small bumps and scalp was scaly. Also left side of neck tender and inside left side of throat is tight.  as I look back scaliness on left side of head started a couple months ago, but that was only symptom before headaches began.
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