Headache w/ Neck Pain

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If you frequently get a headache with neck pain you may be suffering from muscle problems. Muscles can refer pain to the head. There is one particular region of the neck that is commonly involved in headaches

Most likely, the headache is caused by neck problems like poor posture, overuse, or stress. There is pain on motion which may also be in the shoulder of the same side. The headache pain is mild to severe with no throbbing sensation and may change when pressure is applied to the muscles. The headaches may last from a few hours to a few days or even weeks.

Other structures in the neck can cause headaches. The discs and joints may also refer pain to the head in a similar manner. Degenerative neck arthritis can produce these types of headaches. Neck related headaches are the cause in as high as 20% of patients with chronic headaches and is four times more prevalent in women.

Neck related headaches must have at least one of the following:

1. The head pain must be preceded by:

• Neck movement
• Prolonged awkward head position
• Pressure over the upper half of the neck or base of the skull on the headache side

2. Restricted motion of the neck

3. Neck, shoulder or arm pain

If all three are present, it’s most likely that the neck related headache as the cause is most likely the same.

Characteristics of Neck Related Headache:

• Often, a history of neck trauma (whiplash, sprain, strain)
• One sided headache that does not change sides
• Occasionally, the pain may be on both sides
• Pain located at base of skull, front of head, sides of head or around the eyes
• Pain may last hours or days
• The headache usually begins in the neck
• The headache is moderate to severe in intensity
• The headache is not throbbing
• The pain is not sharp

Other features which may be noted:

• Nausea
• Sensitivity to sound
• Sensitivity to light
• Dizziness
• Difficulty swallowing
• Blurred vision on the side of the headache
• Vomiting
• Tearing on the side of the headache
• Swelling around the eye on the side of headache

Headaches related to the neck as described in this article often respond well to Chiropractic adjustments so you may want to seek the advice of a practitioner in your area.

Remember there are many causes for headaches and neck pain. Always see your health care provider to determine the exact cause. Headaches can be very complicated and may indicate serious problems like meningitis with headache, neck pain and fever so don’t delay proper attention with serious symptoms.

Migraine Headaches: Signs and Symptoms

 

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Signs and symptoms of migraine headaches include:

• Abnormal body sensations, called paresthesias, such as tingling, numbing or prickling
• Diarrhea
• Dizziness or vertigo
• Lightheadedness
• Nausea and vomiting
• Scalp tenderness
• Sensitivity to light
• Visual disturbances, such as flashes of light or blind spots in your vision

Migraines are the most common cause of vascular headache, affecting 26 million Americans. About 15 percent of women and 6 percent of men experience these headaches. They are characterized by recurrent attacks, with pain most often on one side of the head, accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Although migraines can occur at any time of day or night, they tend to be more frequent in the morning. Routine activity or slight head movement typically makes the pain worse.

Episodes can last from several hours to several days and often are disabling. During the attack, pain may travel from one part of the head to another and may radiate down the neck into the shoulder. Scalp tenderness occurs in the majority of patients during or after an attack. Migraines tend to run in families and often are hereditary. If you have migraines, chances are another family member does as well.

Cluster Headaches: Signs and Symptoms

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Cluster headaches are recurring attacks of excruciating, stabbing pain on one side your head, usually behind the eye. Men experience cluster headaches eight times more often than women do. These headaches occur nearly every day or several times a day for weeks or months, and then disappear for several months or even years. Attacks may last from 15 minutes to three hours, and often occur during the night.

There are two kinds of cluster headaches — episodic and chronic. In episodic cluster headaches, there are long, pain-free remissions. In chronic cluster headaches, there are no long remissions. If during the past year or longer, you experience periods of only a week or less of relief between headache attacks, you may be diagnosed with chronic cluster headaches. About 10 percent of cluster headache sufferers have the chronic condition.

Other symptoms usually occur on the side of the head where burning or penetrating pain is felt in or around an eye. Occasionally the pain extends to your forehead, nose, cheek or upper jaw. Other symptoms include:

• Red or teary eyes
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Facial swelling

Cluster headaches usually don’t run in families and don’t appear to be hereditary.