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5 Potential Spontaneous Scalp Pain Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Giant Cell Arteriis

    Giant cell arteritis is a disorder that causes inflammation of arteries of the scalp, neck, and arms. It narrows the arteries, which keeps blood from flowing well.

    Chronic but curable with variable duration

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, joint pain, new headache, fever, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Influenza

    Influenza, or Flu, is an infection of the airway caused by the flu virus, which passes through the air and enters the body through the nose or mouth. The symptoms are similar to those of a cold, but the flu is usually more serious.

    Most recover within 1 week but cough and malaise can persist for 2 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, cough, muscle aches
    Symptoms that never occur with influenza:
    headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  3. 3.Normal Occurrence of Headache

    Headaches are extremely common & a primary reason people miss work or school. In many cases, the cause for headache is unknown.

    1 day

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, mild headache, muscle tension, new headache, severe headache
    Symptoms that always occur with normal occurrence of headache:
    headache
    Symptoms that never occur with normal occurrence of headache:
    headache resulting from a head injury, severe headache, vomiting, pain, restricted movement, and clicking sounds from jaw, jaw pain, being severely ill, fever, drooping eyelid, wateriness in both eyes, unexplained limb pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Normal Occurrence of Fatigue

    Fatigue is a very common complaint among all people and is not always caused by a specific disease. Symptoms of fatigue are under the influence of many factors like sleep quality, general fitness, recent infections, satisfaction with work and social interactions. Anyone can experience an episode of fatigue, probably your fatigue is variant of normal.

    1 week

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue
    Symptoms that always occur with normal occurrence of fatigue:
    fatigue
    Symptoms that never occur with normal occurrence of fatigue:
    fever, unintentional weight loss
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  5. 5.Tension Headache (First Onset)

    Tension-type headaches are the most common type of headache. It is pain or discomfort in the head and/or neck. It's often associated with muscle tightness in these areas. This condition can occur as little as once a year (infrequent) but as often as more than 15 days per month (chronic). The cause of tension-type headaches is not clear.

    Tension headache symptoms usually resolve within a few hours but can last up to a week. However, if this particular episode is unusually severe or debilitating, you may want to see a doctor urgently.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    new headache, nausea or vomiting, moderate headache, loss of appetite, mild headache
    Symptoms that always occur with tension headache (first onset):
    new headache
    Symptoms that never occur with tension headache (first onset):
    photo and phonophobia, throbbing headache, headache resulting from a head injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Spontaneous Scalp Pain

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Did you get hit in the head?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?

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Spontaneous Scalp Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced spontaneous scalp pain have also experienced:

    • 8% Headache
    • 4% Nausea
    • 3% Throbbing Headache
  • People who have experienced spontaneous scalp pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Less Than a Day
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced spontaneous scalp pain were most often matched with:

    • 8% Giant Cell Arteriis
    • 3% Normal Occurrence of Headache
    • 1% Influenza
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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