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A 21-year-old female asked:

I woke up with a sore neck and numb head from the position i was sleeping in. did this position cause lack of blood flow? brain damage?

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Dr. Mary Latimer
Pediatric Neurology 37 years experience
No: You probably pinched your occipital nerve which does not affect blood flow. I would get a better pillow, only sleep one one pillow and if you have no stomach problems try some ibuprofen 600 MG very 6 hours for a few days. If you have had any sort of injury, whiplash or head injury in the past you should see a dr and be examined.
Last updated Feb 27, 2015


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