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Tension headache (from neck) for over 3 months now and have been to doctor. What will help for the pain and headaches other than muscle relaxants?

Tension headache (from neck) for over 3 months now and have been to doctor. What will help for the pain and headaches other than muscle relaxants?

Several things: One thing that could help is finding an osteopathic physician who does gentle manipulation (not chiropractic high-velocity neck cracking) to work with you. http://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-dos/about-osteopathic-medicine/pages/default.aspx massage could help also. Additionally, using some guided imagery: http://www.Healthjourneys.Com/product_detail.Aspx?Id=12&mcid=6&catid=. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more


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Neck/tension headache over a week. Now when lay head back on stuff where skull neck meet is sore. Eds3 syrinx history. Muscle related or other causes?

Neck/tension headache over a week. Now when lay head back on stuff where skull neck meet is sore. Eds3 syrinx history. Muscle related or other causes?

Most likely muscle: While this is most likely muscular pain, any change in back or neck pain when you have history of a syrinx, should be examined to look for any neurologic changes. I would recommend follow up with your neurologist just to be safe. If the pain continues to get better, its less concerning and most likely musculature. If it radiates, causes weakness, gets worse, recommend seeing neurologist sooner. ...Read more

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My brain runs so fast and so obsessively. I have tension headaches and tension in my neck because I clench all my muscles when I am thinking. Everyth?

My brain runs so fast and so obsessively. I have tension headaches and tension in my neck because I clench all my muscles when I am thinking.  Everyth?

Help is at hand: It sounds as though you have really been dealing with a lot. Fortunately you can feel a lot better if you get help. Talk to your doctor and get a referral to a good therapist and/or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I have been having mild-severe headaches, only when i work out. The pain comes from my upper neck muscle/skull area its a throbbing sharp pain?

I have been having mild-severe headaches, only when i work out. The pain comes from my upper neck muscle/skull area its a throbbing sharp pain?

See your doctor: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more

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Before menstruation, my right lymph node always swells; upper back & neck muscle spasms (right side); & endless headaches. Any idea why? Blood work-ok

Before menstruation, my right lymph node always swells; upper back & neck muscle spasms (right side); & endless headaches. Any idea why? Blood work-ok

Poss. Inflammation: I am presuming the lymph node you are talking about is in the right groin? Accompanied by headaches, it indicates an inflammatory process due to menstruation. If the blood work is normal it is reassuring. I would follow up with your doctor for an exam, to make sure there is no local finding to be evaluated. A repeat blood work during the inflammatory phase will be helpful. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with GAD and neck muscle spasm. I get daily chtonic headaches due to the spasm but I fear Brain tumor. Dr won't send m for mri. Help?

I was diagnosed with GAD and neck muscle spasm. I get daily chtonic headaches due to the spasm but I fear Brain tumor. Dr won't send m for mri. Help?

Second opinion: Chronic headache might cause anyone to worry. In satisfying differential diagnostic problems, doctors properly examine & test patients to rule in & rule out disorders. When no organic causes are discovered, only then should functional & psychological disorders rise to top of differential list. Sometimes definitive studies, including imaging studies, are therapeutic; as negative results are shown. ...Read more

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A pain moves through throat & nose, it press d skin, neck muscle tightness and terrible eye pain, eye pain varies, headache for like 4 months, please help?

A pain moves through throat & nose, it press d skin, neck muscle tightness and terrible eye pain, eye pain varies, headache for like 4 months, please help?

Sinus related: Your symptoms are most common of sinus headaches. You may have chronic sinusitis. But you do need ct of sinuses and possibly an MRI of the brain. Your best consult is with your family dr. And possible referral to ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Tension Headache (Definition)

Tension headache is also known as Stress headache. Tension headache is a condition where there is dull pressure or pain within the head, often associated with muscle tension, especially the muscles in the back of ...Read more


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