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Doctor insights on: Neck Pain And Headache Is A Tension Headache Less Dangerous Than A Migraine

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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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I'm having dull headache and neck pain since many days.Could it be tension headache?

I'm having dull headache and neck pain since many days.Could it be tension headache?

Headache: Yes, tension headaches are typically "crushing" - like someone pushing on both sides of your head and the muscles in the neck can also be tense. If you have significant tension in the neck muscles, see if you can have someone try to gently massage these as that can often help the headache in general. ...Read more

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I often wake up with neck pain and a severe tension headache. Why am I getting "stressed" while sleeping? My pillow and mattress are good quality.

I often wake up with neck pain and a severe tension headache. Why am I getting "stressed" while sleeping? My pillow and mattress are good quality.

What is happening : in your life? Are you stressed at work? Dealing with family problems? Worried about a family member or friend? You daytime stresses may be invading your sleep. Consider talking to a psychologist to search for ways to reduce stress or cope with life's challenges. ...Read more

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Hi i have had dull pain on the left hand side at the back of my head it started as neck pain and it has been 2 days could it be a tension headache?

Hi i have had dull pain on the left hand side at the back of my head it started as neck pain and it has been 2 days could it be a tension headache?

Other possibilities: By and large tension headaches are defined as headaches which extend about the WHOLE headaches while other types of headaches such as migraines typically show up only on 1 side. Other possibilities such as cervical column osteoarthritis can radiate upward into the head at times. If you'd like to chat 1-1 about this please set up an appointment with me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I have neck pain, tension headache along the back of my head, ears keep plugging, and nauseated. I was given keeler (1xqid) 2 days ago for serious uti?

I have neck pain, tension headache along the back of my head, ears keep plugging, and nauseated. I was given keeler (1xqid) 2 days ago for serious uti?

What is keeler ?: Tetracycline can trigger Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (headaches that are worse on reclining associated with blurred vision due to an imbalance of Cerebrospinal fluid production / resorption). If Keeler is tetracycline you need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in head neck pain like a tension headache sometimes earache and a numbness up from my nose to the top of my forhead. Any idea? I

Tension Type: The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles and other muscles pain as well as the pericranial muscles. The management of episodic and chronic TTH consists of psychological support, physical therapy and pharmacotherapies. Hope it helps ...Read more

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Severe forehead headache, neck pain, ear pain , dizzy head very heavy is it a combination of sinus and tension headache? Eyes heavy too.Spin sensation

Severe forehead headache, neck pain, ear pain , dizzy head very heavy is it a combination of sinus and tension headache? Eyes heavy too.Spin sensation

See a doctor: I'm sorry, but we can't diagnose you from online. Please see a physician who can properly take your history, examine you, and treat you. Please do this as soon as you can -- sinus infections can worsen if not addressed. Be well. ...Read more

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I have had migraine headaches and neck pain almost everyday for the past 2 months that have steadily gotten worse. Nothing helps what to do?

I have had migraine headaches and neck pain almost everyday for the past 2 months that have steadily gotten worse. Nothing helps what to do?

Family practice : It is probably related to your accident. Whiplash injury with neck strain can cause chronic ha's. Also tension can cause ha's. I recommend seeing your dr. Get checked out. Then therapy if needed. ...Read more

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How likely is this to be a stroke; 3 month HX of vertigo, right sided neck pain and severe headache. Episodes can last 7 days. Migraine or stroke?

How likely is this to be a stroke; 3 month HX of vertigo, right sided neck pain and severe headache. Episodes can last 7 days. Migraine or stroke?

U should B Cn by- : -a neurologist, the important thing is 2 rule out it Bing a transient vascular event. An MRA of the brain will pick up a narrowing of a vessel or an aneurism . ...Read more

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When I have migraine one side on my neck hurts towards the front and I get really lightheaded. No headache though. What causes the neck pain?

When I have migraine one side on my neck hurts towards the front and I get really lightheaded. No headache though. What causes the neck pain?

Associated migraine: The neck pain may well be part of the migraine process. It may or may not involve the neck and musculature of the neck. It many times is only in the head area but not uncommonly does involve the neck. The treatment of the migraine is the major item and the neck pain should resolve as well. Advise your doctor of this problem ...Read more

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Migraine type headache, eye socket pain, temple pain, neck pain, and blurry vision all on the left side. Is this an emergency?

Migraine type headache, eye socket pain, temple pain, neck pain, and blurry vision all on the left side. Is this an emergency?

It may be bad, but: Bad is not the same as emergency - try to find a good headache specialist in your area. Yiur GP might refer or even a Univ Hospital directory or drug store may have referrals. ERs are full of trauma and possible contagion - if you need it, they are life saving. If not, go to a less stressful place. Here, Dr Dariush Saghafi is an expert and there are others - he's a gem. ...Read more

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Can a migraine cause tooth pain? Severe headache, neck pain, sensitivity to light, tooth ache, feeling lightheaded

Can a migraine cause tooth pain? Severe headache, neck pain, sensitivity to light, tooth ache, feeling lightheaded

Yes, but: It is just as likely, or more, that the tooth has caused the other distress. See your dentist if this has happened before or if it continues past a normal 'migraine' for you. Migraines are a very specific thing and don't usually impact teeth or jaw. Rather the temple(s) are most common. Have a dental exam. Best! ...Read more

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And I have a tension headache and back of the neck ache. How do I deal with this?

And I have a tension headache and back of the neck ache. How do I deal with this?

Diagnose First: Pain on one side caused by spastic neck muscles (superior trapezium & levator scapulae). tendonitis where these muscles insert upon back of skull is painful.  my observation has been common unequal girth & mass of superior trapezium muscles from chronic unconscious head tilting (various causes). A neurologist's evaluation, massage biofeedback, etc., to treat. See chronic pain board on quora.Com. ...Read more

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.5 clonazapam 4 times a day and 350mg tramadol seem to keep my neck pain and tension headaches away . Is this a appropriate mix to stay lond term ?

.5 clonazapam 4 times a day and 350mg tramadol seem to keep my neck pain and tension headaches away . Is this a appropriate mix to stay lond term ?

Not really: The problem with pain meds is that people develop tolerance and need more, or depend on the medication to do all of the work. Tension requires understanding it's cause. And meditation is and excellent treatment for pain. It is ok to take pain meds when you need them. But try to see them as short term treatments. ...Read more

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10 year old daughter wakes often from head and neck pain.PCP says tension headaches. Yoga, meditation not helping enough. Any suggestions?

10 year old daughter wakes often from head and neck pain.PCP says tension headaches. Yoga, meditation not helping enough.  Any suggestions?

Chiropractor: I have taken my children to a chiropractor that I trust for various aches and pains including neck, rib, back and shoulder pains. Go to the chiropractor yourself a few times to see what you think about his/her philosophy and techniques. Make sure the chiropractor is one who feels comfortable with kids (many do). A neurology consult is also warranted if that has not yet been sought. ...Read more

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I've been dealing with neck pain lately. My head kind of shakes with movement and my arms are shaky too. frequent tension headaches. What could it be?

I've been dealing with neck pain lately. My head kind of shakes with movement and my arms are shaky too. frequent tension headaches. What could it be?

Neck pain: Spasm of the neck & shoulders muscles occurs from poor posture, especially while using devices (e.g.. phone, tablet , laptop or desk computer), causes pain, tension headaches and sometimes tingling in the arms. A physical therapist can help to ensure the head and spine are aligned correctly by teaching postural exercises, in addition to use of muscle relaxers and pain relievers. ...Read more

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Pressure both sides if temples only. Feels like someone pressing on both sides with fingers. Brain fog also with upper neck ache tension headache?

Pressure both sides if temples only. Feels like someone pressing on both sides with fingers. Brain fog also with upper neck ache tension headache?

Hypertension?: I notice you are on pain meds, but i don't see that you are on anything for high blood pressure which you say you have. Firstly make sure your high blood pressure is treated adequately. If it is, then the next consideration would be tension headache. However, with brain fog, it could be any of a number of things, so i would recommended you see your family doctor. Can't diagnose with so little info. ...Read more

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I have lymph node i feel on right side of neck, also suffer with migraines. Should i be worried that i get neck pain, headaches all on that right side?

I have lymph node i feel on right side of neck, also suffer with migraines. Should i be worried that i get neck pain, headaches all on that right side?

Seek competent help: You should have someone check this out and the sooner the better. Lymph nodes do not become swollen without a reason and pain is an indication that something is wrong. See your doctor as soon as you can and get professional help to determine what is the cause(s) and what are the effects. ...Read more

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Headaches daily (Some migraines) for 3 weeks. Back pain. Neck pain. Threw up twice last night. Blurry, spotty vision. Doc not worried. Your input?

Doc should worry: You are correct to be alarmed by these headaches. Failure to be aggressive with migraines will lead to chronic headache disorders. If you have not seen a neurologist who specializes in headaches, then do so asap. Migraines are not only painful but cause brain injury. You need a full work up including your dental bite and sinus exam. Triggers need ID and both prevention and ablation therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Morton
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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...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