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A 51-year-old female asked:

i have bad headaches.they have been diagnosed as miragrines and stress headaches when the muscles at the base of my skull is massaged i get relief ?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Pursue this: All headaches have a trigger which sets them off, and perhaps yours is linked to base of skull. Do you possess greater occipital neuritis? Maybe you have cervical spondylosis as your trigger. Perhaps, key to reversing problems, is a bilateral occipital nerve block.
Dr. Fred Gallo
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Stress points: There are many maneuvers that people use to relieve stress, and this is one of them. At the back and either side of the neck are acupressure headache points that can relieve headaches when stimulated. Other stress-reducing techniques include deep breathing, meditation, and focusing. Stress can also trigger migraines.
Dr. Kristine Gerwell
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Stress headaches: Sounds like these are likely accurately diagnosed. One thing in addition to the medical care you may consider is to work on stress management and relaxation, as well as getting regular massages. Often there is a school of massage therapy that is very reasonable. You may also talk to your doctor about the use of Botox for your headaches. Many people have excellent results with this.
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Migraine, Stress He: Continue massage for stress headaches at the base of the skull. See a Neurologist for Diagnosis and Treatment of Migraine. • Focus on “Breath Is Life” • Keep saying until you run out of breath. • Take another deep breath and repeat the same. • Do it with 10 breaths • Do not focus on other thoughts, they will pass away like clouds on mountain • Visual Imagery of National parks or a Peaceful place

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