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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

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 weakness in the area served by the irritated nerve. Occasionally, patients will also complain of headaches, jaw pain. Check with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

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 decrease the pain. This can then cause the muscles in your neck and head to spasm causing a muscular headache. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve in upper thoracic spine cause headaches and more during seasonal changes back of heard to cheeks to face? Symptoms and where?

Can pinched nerve in upper thoracic   spine cause  headaches and more during seasonal changes back of heard to cheeks to face? Symptoms and where?

Possibly: The common denominator being muscle tightness. Most helpful strategy towards improvement involve healthy living (yoga, reduce stress, healthy eating and sleeping habits, heating pads). Seasonal changes may contribute to stress or exertion (have you shoveled your driveway lately?). ...Read more

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Can a pinch nerve in your neck cause bad headaches? I have been getting them a lot lately on the back left side and front side above my left eye.

Can a pinch nerve in your neck cause bad headaches? I have been getting them a lot lately on the back left side and front side above my left eye.

Possible : If you have muscle tension due to neck pain you could develop headache. But be careful of how much Advil (ibuprofen) you are taking for headache because too much pain med could cause chronic daily headache, I suggest that you talk to your PMD for a better evaluation and treatment of your headache. ...Read more

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I suspect I have pulled muscles or pinched nerves in neck/upper back, causes headaches. Going to doc, but can a special pillow help ease pressure?

I suspect I have pulled muscles or pinched nerves in neck/upper back, causes headaches. Going to doc, but can a special pillow help ease pressure?

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 physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and if particularly bad, steroid injections or nerve blocks may be helpful. But first an evaluation should be done. ...Read more

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I have an ache in my upper back and a corresponding headache. Could it be a pinched nerve?

Could be: And it could be just lots of tension. Nerve pain is often tingling or radiating and feels worse with massage. If massage does not worsen consider having a massage to loosen and relax. If massage worsens, make an appointment. I would highly recommend acupuncture as i get fabulous results with such pain with acupuncture and chinese medicine. ...Read more

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Headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain

Headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain

See a Spine Surgeon: If you have some cervical spine pathologies like herniated discs, bone spurs, it can be associated with occipital headaches, neck pain, and pain down your arm. Your spine surgeon will guide you through appropriate treatment of these. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more