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Your Spontaneous Scalp Pain May Also be Known as:
Head hurts for no reason
Head hurts randomly
Random head pain
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Scalp hurts for no reason
Scalp hurts randomly
Skull hurts for no reason
Skull hurts randomly

Top 5 Spontaneous Scalp Pain Causes

  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.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options for managing symptoms.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, joint pain, new headache, muscle aches, fever
    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.

    If your flu-like symptoms are existing for less than 48 hours, it might be helpful to seek care by telephone or in a walk-in-clinic to get a course of oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Most people will get better on their own by drinking lots of fluids and taking an over-the-counter medication such as acetominophen (Tylenol) to help with aches or fever.

    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.

    Your headache looks like a normal variation & can be treated at home with an over-the-counter pain reliever.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    headache, mild headache, muscle tension, new 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.

    You do not require treatment for your fatigue. If your fatigue lasts longer than a few weeks and is interfering with your work and daily activities, you should make an appointment with your primary care physician.

    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.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. Tension-type headaches are diagnosed purely by your symptoms. Medications, such as over-the-counter pain killers (e.g., ibuprofen or Tylenol) may help. However, it is important not to take them too regularly. Taking them more than two or three times a week can cause more headaches, as the body gets used to the drug, and the headache comes back when you stop taking the medication. If these headaches become more chronic in nature, you should visit your primary care physician, as chronic tension-type headaches can be more effectively treated with prescription medications and additional non-drug therapies.

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Spontaneous Scalp Pain

  • Q.Is your scalp pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.Is your scalp pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our spontaneous scalp pain symptom checker.

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Spontaneous Scalp Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 7% Nausea
    • 6% Headache
    • 4% Throbbing Headache
  • People who have experienced spontaneous scalp pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Less Than a Day
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 16% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced spontaneous scalp pain were most often matched with:

    • 7% Giant Cell Arteriis
    • 3% Normal Occurrence of Headache
    • 2% Influenza

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