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Dr. Walter Husar
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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

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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


Dr. Aj Rastogi
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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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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
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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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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Left side back pain whenever i turn my head to the left. is it a pinched nerve?

Left side back pain whenever i turn my head to the left. is it a pinched nerve?

Where in the back?: You certainly could have something a little trapped at the level of the C5 nerve root level which could either be physically pulling on the scapular nerve giving you pain on the left or pinching specific nerve fibers taking off from C5 at the brachial plexus level firing off the scapular nerve in that region. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent
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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause tingling in face and head?

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause tingling in face and head?

Yes: A pinched nerve certainly can, most notably in a distribution starting at the base of your skull in the back and wrapping up around your scalp and onto your forehead on one side. Irritation to some nerves in your neck can also lead to lower face and head tingling as well. If it progresses, or if it does not go away in a few weeks, you may need some imaging to make sure there is no entrapment. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Might a pinched nerve in your neck cause shooting pains when you turn your head and cause tingling?

Might a pinched nerve in your neck cause shooting pains when you turn your head and cause tingling?

Dr. Roy G. Spurling : When you turn your head to one side & experience tingling and shooting pain (radiculopathy) in your arm, upper back or shoulder region on the same side your neck was turned to, it may be indicative of a pinched nerve (foraminal stenosis; nerve root impingement. Modification of this maneuver performed by the doctor is called spurling's maneuver or sign, named after the neurosurgeon who named it. ...Read more

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Dr. James Okamoto
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Can u get pain in the back of your head from the pinched nerve in the neck?

Can u get pain in the back of your head from the pinched nerve in the neck?

Yes: This is actually one of the more common causes for muscle tension type headaches. Pain in the neck causes contractions in the muscles posterior to the spine which attach to the base of your skull. The contraction of the muscles causes the "tension" in the back of the head, leading to pain and soreness. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Can a pinched nerve cause pain in the neck (jugular area) and pain around the top of your head which is sensitive to touch?

Can a pinched nerve cause pain in the neck (jugular area) and pain around the top of your head which is sensitive to touch?

Yes: Pinched nerves can cause so much actual and referred pain. So, if you've had the pain for more than a week or few days, call your PCP, and have it examined, and see what is going on. If it's musculoskeletal, it's easily fixed or remedied with meds, PT, or osteopathic manipulation by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).If it's more than that, you'll be visiting a neurologists. So, start w/UR PCP! ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Hwang
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Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck make your head tingle along with pain?

Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck make your head tingle along with pain?

Not routinely: It is unlikely that the pinched nerve is causing your headache, unless it is impingement of the c2 nerve root and the headache is only the back of your head on one side. You may want to have someone evaluate the root and your upper cervical spine or evaluate for occipital neuralgia.. ...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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