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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 answered

Specializes in Neurology

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.

Answered Jul 24, 2013

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Dr. Fred Gallo answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

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.

Answered Nov 27, 2017

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Dr. Kristine Johnston answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

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.

Answered Jun 24, 2014

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Dr. Krishna Kumar answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

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

Answered Jun 18, 2017

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