Lower back of skull headaches/tenderness
This started a few months ago with a throbbing at the lower right base of the skull which after a couple days went away but the area stayed tender to the touch and a dull pain that never went away. Also had some sepitis of neck and neck pain if neck is rotated to either extreme. The doc had me do neck exercises and that got rid of the sepitis but didn't affect the headache. The headache will always be a dull pain in the lower right base of skull area that sometimes flairs up to a hot poker pain in the same area accompanied by mild dizziness, reduced vision in right eye and mild nausea. Some times it ramps up suddenly with movement. Doc had me try several pain killers, mostly NSAID based stuff. Not only did they not help but I got bleeding gastritis so now I am off all pain killers and on prilosec. About a year ago I had lung cancer surgery (I am a life long non smoker) and they think they got it all but are now concerned these headaches may be related. I had a head CT and no causes where found. After several weeks the headache went away but a month later it came back to stay and hasn't gone away in several weeks. 2 days ago I had a spine and head MRI but results are not back yet. I am a non smoker, rarely drink and allergy tests came back neg. The doc has been guessing maybe a bone spur or pinched nerve but wanted me to have the MRI even though the CT Scan was neg because the MRI will sometimes show base of skull tumors the CT scan doesn't. This is always same spot, the lower right base of skull,its always tender to the touch and strong light or sound seems to have no effect on it like a migraine. It varies from bearable to so bad I can't sleep and don't feel like doing anything all day. The throbbing has never returned that happened when it first started. I've also tried different pillows, sleeping positions etc and no help. Any ideas? Seems the doc has only been making guesses so far.