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Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

Yes: The nerves of the higher cervical junctions also innervate the muscles of the neck. As the neck hurts the body tries to immobilize the neck to decrease the pain. This can then cause the muscles in your neck and head to spasm causing a muscular headache. ...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 the neck be the cause of headache?

Can a pinched nerve in the neck be the cause of headache?

Potentially: The usual causes of a pinched nerve in the neck are disc herniation, bone spurs or collapsed disc space. Most patients have arm pain, numbness or weakness in the area served by the irritated nerve. Occasionally, patients will also complain of headaches, jaw pain.

Check with a neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Neuro said I had severe pinched nerves in neck or "cervical radiculopathy" he said this is cause of my very mild swallowing and breathing issues true?

Neuro said I had severe pinched nerves in neck or "cervical radiculopathy" he said this is cause of my very mild swallowing and breathing issues true?

Insufficient data: Does "neuro" mean neurologist or neurosurgeon? Why did you meekly accept the answer but then post here? Ask doc to explain the neuroanatomy: EXACTLY what cervical levels, roots &/or nerves are affected & which ones involve breathing & which swallowing. Ask to review test results (MRI, CT, myelogram or EMG/NCS). Finally, if no treatment is recommended, I suggest seeking another opinion. ...Read more

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Can a pinch nerve in your neck cause bad headaches? I have been getting them a lot lately on the back left side and front side above my left eye.

Can a pinch nerve in your neck cause bad headaches? I have been getting them a lot lately on the back left side and front side above my left eye.

Possible: If you have muscle tension due to neck pain you could develop headache. But be careful of how much Advil (ibuprofen) you are taking for headache because too much pain med could cause chronic daily headache, I suggest that you talk to your PMD for a better evaluation and treatment of your headache. ...Read more

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I suspect I have pulled muscles or pinched nerves in neck/upper back, causes headaches. Going to doc, but can a special pillow help ease pressure?

I suspect I have pulled muscles or pinched nerves in neck/upper back, causes headaches. Going to doc, but can a special pillow help ease pressure?

Possible: A specialized pillow for neck stability may ease the discomfort but you should have imaging of your head and neck as well as treatment such as physical therapy, massage, acupuncture and if particularly bad, steroid injections or nerve blocks may be helpful. But first an evaluation should be done. ...Read more

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Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Is a pinched nerve in the neck at C5 C6 a serious condition? Is a pinched nerve like cervical radiculopathy? Please help

Outcome varies: If there is compression of one of the nerve roots it is sometimes equivalent to a "pinched nerve". This type of physical compression of a nerve root can result in a radiculopathy. The outcome is variable. Sometimes over a period of days - weeks the radiculopathy will spontaneously improve. If you start noticing difficulty in pinching (weakness) of your thumb and index finger then check with MD. ...Read more

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Prescribed pred for poss. Pinched nerve in neck & inject. Toradol have been experiencing: facial flushing, headache should I go to er? Worried

Prescribed pred for poss. Pinched nerve in neck & inject. Toradol have been experiencing: facial flushing, headache should I go to er? Worried

Drug effects: Prednisone & other steroids commonly cause headache, flushing, even acne-like rashes (as well as other not so nice reactions). Neither Prednisone nor toradol are desirable as long term treatment of spinal problems or pinched nerves (with rare exceptions such as ankylosing spondylitis resistant to other therapies). ...Read more

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How do you treat pinched nerves in the neck from forward head posture? I'm getting headaches and dizziness when standing. Other problems too...

How do you treat pinched nerves in the neck from forward head posture? I'm getting headaches and dizziness when standing. Other problems too...

Physical therapy: First line treatment for forward head posture is physical therapy, in which the muscles at the back part of your neck/spine can be strengthened to improve your posture. You may find that the improved posture helps your other symptoms too. Do see a physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Pins n needles daily in arms/legs, some face. Phsy. Therapy found no pinch nerve in neck. No pain. Just stiff back sometimes. Tension like headaches?

Pins n needles daily in arms/legs, some face. Phsy. Therapy found no pinch nerve in neck. No pain. Just stiff back sometimes. Tension like headaches?

Possible neuropathy: It is possible that you have some nerve inflammation called peripheral neuropathy--sometimes caused by illnesses such as diabetes, trauma (burns/crush injury) vitamin deificiency, HIV disease, and at times no known causes found. It seems that this is really bothering you and affecting your life, I would consult doc for a thorough evaluation and possible treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve from a whiplash cause headache and tightness on top of head?

Can a pinched nerve from a whiplash cause headache and tightness on top of head?

And much more.: Whiplash injuries have been known to cause an unbelievable assortment of symptoms. I'm sure that yours can be found to be one of them. It is obviously a concern, and as such, you should be evaluated to minimize the lasting effects of these types of injuries. ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve in upper thoracic spine cause headaches and more during seasonal changes back of heard to cheeks to face? Symptoms and where?

Can pinched nerve in upper thoracic spine cause headaches and more during seasonal changes back of heard to cheeks to face? Symptoms and where?

Possibly: The common denominator being muscle tightness. Most helpful strategy towards improvement involve healthy living (yoga, reduce stress, healthy eating and sleeping habits, heating pads). Seasonal changes may contribute to stress or exertion (have you shoveled your driveway lately?). ...Read more

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Can pinched nerve or strained muscles in neck/upper back cause tingling in both hands? Slept bad, pain for a month, headaches, tingling in both hands

Can pinched nerve or strained muscles in neck/upper back cause tingling in both hands? Slept bad, pain for a month, headaches, tingling in both hands

Strained muscle: Most likely you developed trigger points in either your neck or upper back muscles. You did not do it by sleepimg improperly unless you slept on your head. It is most likely from improper posture, slouching or not in proper shape/conditioning with muscular imbalances. If the tingling continues you need to see your primary care doctor, if you have one or a neurologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Does a pinched nerve in neck cause sinus like pain?

Does a pinched nerve in neck cause sinus like pain?

Yes: Cervicogenic headaches which are headaches that originate from the cervical spine (the back of the neck) can cause headaches on either one side or both sides of the face. ...Read more

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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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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause fainting?

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause fainting?

Yes, but it's not: Likely. Before assuming the cause is pinched nerve in the neck, other possible causes must be investigated. You should see a doctor about this. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in neck cause chest pain?

Could a pinched nerve in neck cause chest pain?

Yes: Relatively rarely, a lower cervical radiculopathy can present with chest pain. Obviously, one would want to do a thorough workup of the much more common and worrisome cardiopulmonary causes of chest pain first. I do have a few patients that have had multiple cardiac workups that were negative and only got relief after neck surgery. ...Read more

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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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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause vertigo? Have also gotten goosebumps on one side of body.

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause vertigo? Have also gotten goosebumps on one side of body.

It can.: If you are having excessive pain, your autonomic system can get affected. It is possible vertigo and unusual skin rash/color is related to neck condition. It is best to ask your primary care to review your symptoms all together. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in neck cause lhermitte's down the back, arm and leg on one side?

Can a pinched nerve in neck cause lhermitte's down the back, arm and leg on one side?

Neck pain: No, you should be evaluated by a doc asap and may require MRI of neck. The problem could be from spinal cord involvement. ...Read more

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I have had a pinched nerve in neck which caused Pain in fingers/hands but now just my neck. Does this mean it is getting better? My neck is worse now

Possibly: It is possible you are getting better. A 'pinched' nerve may be due to disc herniation or bony spur, and it can 'settle down' after the initial inflammation resulting in resolution of the pain/numbness in the arm/hand. This is ideal, allowing conservative management. If there is ever any associated weakness in the arm, it is important to see neurologist/neurosurgeon as surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Could a pinched nerve in neck cause colored sparks in vision constantly? I also have a lot of muscle spasms at the base of skull causing it to knot

Could a pinched nerve in neck cause colored sparks in vision constantly? I also have a lot of muscle spasms at the base of skull causing it to knot

Nerve impingement: Of the neck is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the us. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. It can cause severe vision impairment and muscle spasms. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist for further investigation. ...Read more

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I awoke with numbness in my left cheek had a slight twitch in my chin for a few days. Can a pinched nerve in neck and between shoulder blades cause it?

I awoke with numbness in my left cheek had a slight twitch in my chin for a few days. Can a pinched nerve in neck and between shoulder blades cause it?

Cheek numbness: Its is possible but since we have no information about you, not even your age let alone any medical history, no relevant response can be offered. If symptom persists, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a tendon or pinched nerve in neck cause throat pain on same side of injury?

Can a tendon or pinched nerve in neck cause throat pain on same side of injury?

Yes it can: Either could cause throat pain depending on the extent of the injury and what else is involved in the injury. These alone may or may not but collateral damage from the injury could. ...Read more

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Left Upper eyelid has been twitching for two months. Can this be caused by pinched nerve in neck (also left side)? I also suffer from TMJ. Help?

Left Upper eyelid has been twitching for two months. Can this be caused by pinched nerve in neck (also left side)? I also suffer from TMJ. Help?

Not from the neck: All of the movement and feeling in the face is controlled by nerves that come directly from the brain, called cranial nerves. There are 12 pairs of them, and they each do different things. NONE of these nerves pass through the cervical spine. Eyelid twitching, or blepharospasm, can be caused by stress, medication, trauma, or even MS. Dark glasses may help. See a Neurologist, Botox can stop it! ...Read more

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Non cyclic pain in rt breast above aerola. Burns-aches like sciatica. Could pinched nerve in neck cause such a pain in that area. Need evaluation?

Non cyclic pain in rt breast above aerola. Burns-aches like sciatica. Could pinched nerve in neck cause such a pain in that area. Need evaluation?

Likely: The pinched nerve is in either the mid back (thoracic spine) or chest area. The neck will supply mostly the shoulder and arm/hand not the chest area. ...Read more

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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