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A 34-year-old male asked:

Had a mri that shows a herniated disc at c5-c6 causing nerve compression on both sides, worse on the right side. can a c5-c6 nerve compression more on the right side cause headache type symptoms on the right side of head?

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Dr. Armando Villarreal
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
A disc herniation at C5/C6 will not be responsible for headaches, however, it is not uncommon for patients to developed tension-type headaches, because the neck muscles tend to tense up to prevent movement due to the injury, and those muscles can them radiate pain into the right side of the head.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Neck pathology can trigger headaches due to secondary muscle spasms, but the type of headache may vary. Can have tension cephalgia more commonly, but also migraines on occasion, and even occipital neuralgia if issues affect base of skull.
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Last updated Apr 22, 2022

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