why does my head hurt worse when i lay down

I came across this googling symptoms for recent changes, but this has been an issue for me for my entire life. Lying down will make things much worse. One thing that I wondered about when reading this though: Many of you talk about piling up pillows. For me, that helps for about 30 seconds, then it makes it worse. Propping my head up on even one standard pillow even when I m fine is a way to guarantee a migraine for me, complete with visual scotoma. I ve had to actually take stuffing out of my pillows in order to not wake up ill, and f I already have a migraine, at times all I can use is a blanket or towel folded to about a 2 inch thickness. At first the lack of support makes it feel like it s going to be worse, but I ve found for myself it s the only way lying down is bearable with a migraine. I did have a concussion on the back of the head/neck when I was 12, and that s about where my migraines radiate outward from, so I m sure that there are complications with muscles, tension, and perhaps even neurologically back there.

Unfortunately I m a 99 percenter rather than one of the 1% who actually can go doctor shopping and get medical testing easily, so as with everyone else I know, insurance wouldn t cover an MRI unless it was clear I was dying, so there s no real way to properly investigate (past x-rays years ago showed nothing).
There are a number of different causes that can lead to headaches occurring in the back of the head. In many cases, these headaches also cause pain in other locations, or are triggered by certain events. The types of pain, location, and other symptoms youБre feeling can help your doctor diagnose whatБs causing your headache and how to treat it. Arthritis headaches are caused by inflammation and swelling in the neck area. They often cause pain in the back of the head and neck. Movement typically triggers more intense pain. These headaches can be caused by any kind of arthritis. The most common are and. Poor posture can also cause pain in the back of your head and neck.

Poor body positioning creates tension in your back, shoulders, and neck. And that tension may cause a headache. You may feel a dull, throbbing pain at the base of your skull. Herniated disks in the cervical spine (neck) can cause neck pain and tension. This can cause a type of headache called a cervicogenic headache. The pain typically originates and is felt in the back of the head. It may also be felt in the temples or behind the eyes. Other symptoms may include discomfort in the shoulders or upper arms. Cervicogenic headaches may intensify when youБre lying down. Some people will actually wake up because the pain disrupts their sleep. When lying down, you may also feel a pressure on the top of your head like a weight. Occipital neuralgia is a condition that occurs when the nerves that run from the spinal cord to the scalp are damaged. It is often confused with migraines. Occipital neuralgia causes sharp, aching, throbbing pain that starts at the base of the head in the neck and moves towards the scalp.

Tension headaches are the most common cause of pain. These headaches occur in the back and right side of the head. They may include a tightness of the neck or scalp. They feel like a dull, tight constricting pain that isnБt throbbing. Migraines can appear in any location, but many people experience them on the left side of the head or the back of the head. severe, throbbing, pulsating pain Migraine headaches may start on the left side of the head, and then move around the temple to the back of the head. Cluster headaches are rare but extremely painful. They get their name from the Бcluster periodsБ in which they occur. People with cluster headaches experience frequent attacks. These periods or patterns of attack may last weeks or months. Cluster headaches may cause pain in the back of the head or the sides of the head. They may get worse when lying down. Other symptoms to watch for include: sharp, penetrating, burning pain

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