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Doctor insights on: Pinching Headache

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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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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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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

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I have an ache in my upper back and a corresponding headache. Could it be a pinched nerve?

I have an ache in my upper back and a corresponding headache. Could it be a pinched nerve?

Could be: And it could be just lots of tension. Nerve pain is often tingling or radiating and feels worse with massage. If massage does not worsen consider having a massage to loosen and relax. If massage worsens, make an appointment. I would highly recommend acupuncture as i get fabulous results with such pain with acupuncture and chinese medicine. ...Read more

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Headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain

Headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain headaches, bone spur, pinched nerve severe pain

See a Spine Surgeon: If you have some cervical spine pathologies like herniated discs, bone spurs, it can be associated with occipital headaches, neck pain, and pain down your arm. Your spine surgeon will guide you through appropriate treatment of these. ...Read more

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I have a pinched nerve on my spine in the L5 region and I am constantly dizzy and i get headaches 5 times a week. What do I do?

I have a pinched nerve on my spine in the L5 region and I am constantly dizzy and i get headaches 5 times a week. What do I do?

Unrelated: The lower back is very unlikely to cause dizziness and headaches. I would expect that with a neck problem, but not a lumbar 5 disc problem. If you are anxious and tense about your back, it may indirectly be related. I would recommend some core exercises and stretching: pilates/yoga/piyo, lower your stress, consider mckenzie pt with a doc's rx, if no better, time to see your pcp and get checked out. ...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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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 a possible pinched nerve or bad posture be causing my headaches? They are usually in one spot of my head and its more like a pressure feeling.Thx

Possibly: Sometimes a problem with the occipital nerve can cause pain in the back of the head. Posture is probably not related. However this type of discomfort is nonspecific, meaning there are lots of possible causes. Probably should be checked by a neurologist. ...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