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    Indention in the top of my head
    cjgipson posted:
    I have recently noticed an indention in the top of my head that has never been there before. It is tender in the area of the indention, and after telling my husband about it, he looked at the area and said it was red around the indention. I have not had any recent head injuries. I have also been experiencing very frequent migranes, which I have never had before either. I will be seeing my doctor soon, but was hoping to have an opinion on things that could cause this & what questions I should ask my doctor when I go see him. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated!!
    susiemargaret responded:
    hello, C --

    curiously, someone wrote in about a similar problem approx eight months ago. at that time i googled "skull indentation" and found many forum-type websites discussing these circumstances; however, i could never find any relevant research or what i considered to be medically authoritative websites that dealt with skull indentations. today i re-googled "skull" in combination with "indentation" and again found many forum-type websites but still no relevant research or medically authoritative websites.

    the various forum-type discussions suggested possible causes as vitamin D deficiency, calcium deficiency, parathyroid irregularities, dehydration, a pinched nerve in the neck, childhood/adult fall/concussion (whether or not discovered, diagnosed, or treated at the time), and wearing sunglasses, a helmet, or headphones in the affected spot. many of the forum-type discussions mentioned recent headaches as possibly being associated.

    several of the forum-type websites also suggested various diseases by name -- en coup de sabre, morphoea, occipital neuralgia, paget's disease, and parry-romberg syndrome. i looked up each of these disorders but concluded (see PS) that their symptoms and/or characteristics do not really match yours or those of other people who described their concern as being with skull indentations.

    the most common tests given to people affected by skull indentations, in addition to blood work, were MRIs and CT scans. a skin biopsy was conducted in one case.

    i am sad to tell you that the upshot of all of my investigation is that i have nothing to offer based on my research. that does not mean that there is no info out there, just that i didn't find any. my suggestion, therefore, is that you discuss with your dr whether an MRI, a CT scan, or maybe a skin biopsy might be warranted, with potential eventual referral to a neurologist.

    i wish i had more to tell you. if it is any consolation, none of the forum-type discussions indicated that these indentations are harmful. please keep us posted on how you are doing and what you find out.

    -- susie margaret

    PS -- i am not a medical person, so i welcome, solicit, and indeed beg for correction, amendment, or replacement of inaccuracies in this post.
    what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
    Lullay29 replied to susiemargaret's response:
    I have an indentation on the back of my head as well. It is tender to the touch and lately i've had minor sinus pressure. I noticed that part of my head was tender when I was pregnant with my son, but only noticed the indentation after I delievered. I have an appointment with a neurologist on Tuesday and hoping they can explain what is going on. Once I receive my results, I will post the info.
    susiemargaret replied to Lullay29's response:
    hello, L --

    i hope your apptmt goes well.

    i send you caring thoughts; please keep us posted.

    -- susie margaret
    what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.

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