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Hard painful knots on back of skull

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 20, 2009
  • 04:45 PM

I am interested in finding out if these hard painful knots on the back of my skull are worth getting checked out further. I would say they are in the area of the occipital. The left side is a little larger than a quarter, the right about the size of quarter. They are painful to touch. I get frequent migraines with bulk of pain on one side of the head or the other and the area of the knots seems to hold a lot of pain. I have TMJ pain occassionally. I always get some temporary relief from my headaches with intense pressure scalp massage. Massaging the area of the knots is very bad at that point. It feels more like bone to me, they don't shrink in size or grow from what I can tell. Haven't really paid attention to it, mostly curious as to why it hurts and if it could be related to my headaches.

I get frequent chiropractic adjustments and have grade 3 degeneration in the cervical spine, not sure which one.

I can't seem to find any info. except maybe its related to the sternocleidomastoid but don't understand why.

Any guidance would be great.

female
39
good health
medications: 40 mg relpax for migraines, vivelle .75 for hrt

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  • A co-worker of mine had similar painful lumps several places on her scalp and they removed them in the physician's office. The last two she had removed had to be done outpatient due to their size. I am unsure what she said caused them, but her brother has them as well. They are always non-cancerous. :)They start out very small and slowly grow until she doesn't want to deal with them anymore.
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  • I am interested in finding out if these hard painful knots on the back of my skull are worth getting checked out further. I would say they are in the area of the occipital. The left side is a little larger than a quarter, the right about the size of quarter. They are painful to touch. I get frequent migraines with bulk of pain on one side of the head or the other and the area of the knots seems to hold a lot of pain. I have TMJ pain occassionally. I always get some temporary relief from my headaches with intense pressure scalp massage. Massaging the area of the knots is very bad at that point. It feels more like bone to me, they don't shrink in size or grow from what I can tell. Haven't really paid attention to it, mostly curious as to why it hurts and if it could be related to my headaches.I get frequent chiropractic adjustments and have grade 3 degeneration in the cervical spine, not sure which one.I can't seem to find any info. except maybe its related to the sternocleidomastoid but don't understand why.Any guidance would be gI'm a Massage Therapist. Those knots are most likely your muscles at the base of your skull becoming tight. They do feel like bone when this occurs and can be a source of your headaches. Stress and a forward head posture makes this worse. You can get these muscles relieved by an experienced MT. They don't have to actually touch the offending muscles if they know what they are doing. Going lower into the upper back muscles and releasing them first, as well as the distal attachment for these muscles, will help. Also, at home you can alternate moist heat and ice. Be sure not to freeze your skin when using ice, it can do more harm than good if used incorrectly. Your SCM muscle attaches at the sternum, the clavicle and your mastoid process. It is behind your ear. This may be why people suggest it is the cause, as referred pain from this muscle is very common. Your disk degeneration can make these muscles dysfunctional as well. You need to go see a PT for help with strengthening these muscles safely--don't do it on your own.
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  • It could be a fungus, a osteoma, which is a tumor of periostium, or lypoma, which is a tumor of the fat.You should post a photo, to really tell yoy
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  • I have the same thing, only on the back of my neck.
    SleepingDeath 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am having this right now feels like a pulled Muscle and it hurts if i turn or move the wrong way this pain was fallowed by eye problems and then headache.found relief with massaging ice,hot pack a shower and two advil and my hubby thanks feelin better now
    Anonymous 1 Replies Flag this Response
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