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My trapezious muscle in my neck has been extremely painful for some time. I am now having pain in my head (brain) is this, or could this be related.

My trapezious muscle in my neck has been extremely painful for some time. I am now having pain in my head (brain) is this, or could this be related.

Trapezius: Since the trapezius muscle covers the back of the neck, stress or strain on that muscle may cause headaches. Are you performing any exercises that strain that muscle? Is your pillow a problem? Have you been troubled by mental stress and anxiety? If so, see your physician who may refer you for psychotherapy or prescribe antianxiety medication and/or muscle relaxants after your evaluation. ...Read more

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Is permanent sharp throbbing pain in one side of the head, neck and back pain and scalp sensitive to touch and painful symptoms of occipital neuralgia?

Is  permanent sharp throbbing pain in one side of the head, neck and back pain and scalp sensitive to touch and painful symptoms of occipital neuralgia?

Yes and No: It could be occipital neuralgia, however neck and back pain are not typical symptoms. I would suggest having your neck evaluated as well since many of those nerves can travel to both the neck, back and head to cause the symptoms you describe. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
Daily
Avoid fast movements
Once
See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
Weekly
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Localized spinal pain, shoulder blade height, that radiates up to neck and skull base, making head turning painful for past 5 mths. What can it be?

Localized spinal pain, shoulder blade height, that radiates up to neck and skull base, making head turning painful for past 5 mths. What can it be?

Trapezius muscle pai: Trapezius muscle pain with spasm. Are you sleeping on only one side? Do you do a repetitive job? You need a mild muscle relaxant and a good massage. Physical therapy will help you strengthen the muscles that are weak. Warm compresses and stretching will help as well. Good luck! feel better. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Stretch and exercise
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Use NSAIDs and pain medications for relief
Daily
Get an X-ray/MRI in 4 weeks if not better
Once
See a spine specialist if not better after 6 weeks
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Neck headache past 5 days in/off. Pressure in head and face with position change.Not horribly painful. Syrinx/ 1sr tripregnant. Worried dr apt in week?

It should be fine: What you describe may have nothing to do with your syrinx. Unless things change you can safely wait for next week to be examined by your doctor. If you should get worse or even more worried get an earlier appointment. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use a good lumbar support for proper sitting posture
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Always focus on your posture
Daily
Try deep tissue massage
60 Min, Every other week, forever
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Bumped my head 34 hrs ago, cut which bled but didn't hurt that much now it and the surrounding area is painful I have headache, stiff neck, is it ok?

Bumped my head 34 hrs ago, cut which bled but didn't hurt that much now it and the surrounding area is painful I have  headache, stiff neck, is it ok?

Headache : Althought the stiff neck is likely to be due to neck muscles strain, it would be wise to see a physician who could examine you and determine if there is a need for further testing. ...Read more

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