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How come I get a stiff neck after a migraine headache?

How come I get a stiff neck after a migraine headache?

Inflammation: During a migraine, the nerves of the covering of our brain become sensitizes in a process called "neurogenic inflammation". This affects the covering of our brain called the meninges. When the meninges is inflamed, people get a stiff neck. This is not a universal finding in migraine but I have seen it in patients and my wife who gets migraine headaches too. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


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How to treat a migraine headache which includes a stiff neck ??

How to treat a migraine headache which includes a stiff neck ??

See HA specialist: Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made, effective involves 3 specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological 3) pharmacological (medical) management. Prophylactic therapy is recommended for the chronic and disabling migraine. Some migraine patients are prone to medication overuse headaches. See orofacial pain or headache specialist. ...Read more

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Why do I always get a stiff neck after a migraine?

Why do I always get a stiff neck after a migraine?

Part of migraine: About 75% of migraineurs have neck pain either before or during a migraine headache attack which is part of the migraine pain which is a referred pain from the brainstem. The neck pain is often confused with a stress headache or neck problem and some people don't realize that they have a migraine. ...Read more

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I have had a severe headache for the past 5 days, along with fatigue, light sensitivity. I thought it was a migraine. I have a stiff neck as well toda?

Probably migraine: Most likely you do have a migraine, and stiff neck can be associated, but if you have a fever, feel dizzy, are sleepy or confused, could even consider viral meningitis, although less likely. Phone your doctor and discuss further. ...Read more

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Bad Headache even with migraine meds stiff neck and nausea on and off, side weak and cramping and dizziness, should I go to the er or Dr

Bad Headache even with migraine meds stiff neck and nausea on and off, side weak and cramping and dizziness, should I go to the er or Dr

NOT ER: Call doctor and get therapeutic intervention. ER is bright, noisy, crowded, expensive and you have long waits, sort of bad place for someone with a severe headache. ...Read more

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If you've had a migraine for over a week with a stiff neck as well, should you be checked for meningitis?

If you've had a migraine for over a week with a stiff neck as well, should you be checked for meningitis?

See your PCP: You should be evaluated by your physician. If you have persistant stiff neck and headache, it is possible to have a more serious problem such as an infection, ie: menegitis. Its always better to be on the safe side and get checked out. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A migraine is a type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain. It also usually causes light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. Migraines can ...Read more