Getting rid of a migraine is difficult enough, but when neck pain and headache combine, it’s almost impossible to ever find lasting relief. Sometimes, migraines are triggered by aching shoulders or neck stiffness, caused by an underlying injury or potentially life-threatening condition. Here are some possible reasons for headaches caused by neck pain.
Chronic cervicogenic headaches
Cervicogenic headaches occur any time an injury or other inflammation occurs in the top three vertebrae of the neck. Symptoms include dull headache and neck pain, particularly in the back of the head or upper neck area, and are often exacerbated by head movement.
Osteoarthritis in the neck area is a common cause of cervicogenic headaches and neck pain, but it can also trigger migraines. When arthritis of the neck occurs, the upper neck area is especially susceptible to deterioration of the topmost vertebrae, causing bone spurs and nerve damage. Severe headaches and neck-aches are common symptoms of this, and other forms of arthritis.
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Another cause of cervicogenic headaches are neck injuries, including whiplash, herniated discs, or pinched nerves. Additionally, poor posture or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can also result in an increase in headaches and neck pain.
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Tension headaches are not migraines, but they can trigger them. If you carry stress in your neck, then constantly tense muscles and stiff shoulders together combine to create chronic headaches and neck pain. For relief, practice meditation, get a message, or join a yoga class
If you suffer from chronic headaches and neck pain, then it’s important to rule out certain life-threatening illness. Examples of dangerous conditions that cause severe, lasting neck pain and headaches are tuberculosis, meningitis, and osteomyelitis.
Fibromyalgia, though not fatal, is a serious chronic pain condition that often occurs with migraines, and should be considered, as well.
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