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I get a spasm/pinched nerve which lasts a spilt second at a time at the back of my head, every now then. More at work. Could this be serious?

I get a spasm/pinched nerve which lasts a spilt second at a time at the back of my head, every now then. More at work. Could this be serious?

Probably not,: Likely an "ice pick" headache. Anything that is of very short duration and not frequent, then you have nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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 your neck cause shooting pains when you turn your head?

Can a pinched nerve in your neck cause shooting pains when you turn your head?

Yes: Nerves in the upper cervical area can extend into the back of the head (occipital area) which can result in neck pain with combined headaches. Seek out a neurologist to evaluate for different types of headaches - if ruled out, consider imaging or other diagnostic testing to determine if headaches are spinal in origin. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an Xray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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Can pinched nerve in neck cause serve pain on the side of your head?

Can pinched nerve in neck cause
serve pain on the side of your head?

Neck and head pain: Cervical nerve problems and cervical arthritis can cause cervicogenic headaches. Not uncommon. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Use NSAIDs for pain relief
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Get an Xray or MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine specialist after 6 weeks
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Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause head pinch and body tremors daily?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck cause head pinch and body tremors daily?

Herniated disc: A herniated disc in the neck can cause a pinched nerve or pressure on the spinal cord. Depending on the severity of the compression, the pain can radiate into the head, create tension migraines, radiating pain into the arms, hand numbness, weakness, and tremors or spasms in the legs. ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Don't try home or OTC remedies. See a doctor.
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Determine cause, if possible, don't just treat symptoms
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Try a range of motion massage
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Consider physical therapy
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What kind of treatment is available for neck an head pain related to what is thought to be a pinched nerve?

What kind of treatment is available for neck an head pain related to what is thought to be a pinched nerve?

Physical therapy: You might be a good candidate for physical therapy, which is often quite effective for headache associated with cervical spine degenerative dic and joint disease. ...Read more

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Pinched Nerve (Definition)

Medical one but it is interpeted to mean that there is a spinal nerve being compressed by a disc heniation usually but could also be from other causes like a degenerative ...Read more

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