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Pinched nerve in neck causing headache

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Headache: Headaches are not uncommon in patients with a cervical neck pain.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Yes: The nerves of the higher cervical junctions also innervate the muscles of the neck. As the neck hurts the body tries to immobilize the neck to decreas... Read More

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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery 33 years experience
It can: The pinched nerve can cause a occipital headache if it is at the c34 level, otherwise indirect muscular headaches can occur from mechanical disc and m... Read More
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Potentially: The usual causes of a pinched nerve in the neck are disc herniation, bone spurs or collapsed disc space. Most patients have arm pain, numbness or weak... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Fisher
Neurology 34 years experience
Insufficient data: Does "neuro" mean neurologist or neurosurgeon? Why did you meekly accept the answer but then post here? Ask doc to explain the neuroanatomy: EXACTLY w... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Kalter
Pain Management 19 years experience
Yes: Nerve compression in the neck can also compress occipital nerves which cause headaches. Also mechanical neck pain, i.e arthritis can also cause headac... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
Neurology 21 years experience
Possible: A specialized pillow for neck stability may ease the discomfort but you should have imaging of your head and neck as well as treatment such as physica... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Rarely is it serious: & yes pinched nerve causing pain into arm is cervical radiculopathy. 90% are treated non op & get better-10% require surgery with > 90% su... Read More
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Drug effects: Prednisone & other steroids commonly cause headache, flushing, even acne-like rashes (as well as other not so nice reactions). Neither Prednisone nor ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
Rheumatology 29 years experience
Unusual: For your age, but it follows distribution of ulnar nerve. Any injuries to your neck? If not, still need imaging studies of your neck. Good luck.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Physical therapy: First line treatment for forward head posture is physical therapy, in which the muscles at the back part of your neck/spine can be strengthened to imp... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Possible neuropathy: It is possible that you have some nerve inflammation called peripheral neuropathy--sometimes caused by illnesses such as diabetes, trauma (burns/crush... Read More

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