4 reasons why you have pain at the base of your skull, including overusing common painkiller

Most of us will experience a headache at some point in our lives, but not all headaches are the same. How intense the pain is 

How long it lasts, and its location on your head can indicate whether you are experiencing a typical headache or something more serious 

Tension headache This is the most common type of headache, estimated to affect about two in three adults in the US at some point

Occipital neuralgia is a condition caused by inflammation or injury to the nerves running from the top of the spine to the head

Herniated cervical disc Spinal discs are cushioned shock absorbers that sit between the bones, or vertebrae, of your spine.

People who take pain relievers two or more days a week for headaches may experience "rebound headaches" that can cause pain at the base of the skull 

Pain at the base of the skull can be a symptom of the most common type of headache known as a tension headache