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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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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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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

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I get second long headaches everyday, Few times in the day. Muscle painless twitching all over my body, Also pinched nerve. Related to that? Any ideas?

I get second long headaches everyday, Few times in the day. Muscle painless twitching all over my body, Also pinched nerve. Related to that? Any ideas?

See below: Sudden sharp jabbing headaches lasting for a few seconds to 30 seconds are called Primary Stabbing Headache. They usually are not a sign of a serious underlying condition and are more common in migraine suffers. See http://bit. Ly/1sAz8on Twitching can be a sign of an underlying disorder but is more often due to stress.
The headaches and twitching are not caused by a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Recurring headache top/left. Comes and goes. Varies in intensity, length & pain type (burn, throb, pinch). Very anxious about a brain tumor. Causes?

Recurring headache top/left. Comes and goes. Varies in intensity, length & pain type (burn, throb, pinch). Very anxious about a brain tumor. Causes?

Migraine: Likely but if getting worse get an mri, take excedrin for headaches, get good sleep be sure no sleep aopnea usually form being overweight, never smoke, eta well and rest, less stress be sinuses clear if not use nasal saline then nasal steroid any on sale but example would be flonase. see neurologist if all else fails ...Read more

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I've had a constant headache on the left side and also neck pain. So afraid it can be an aneurysm? Been told 4 mo. Ago it was possible pinched nerve. How can you tell the difference?

I've had a constant headache on the left side and also neck pain. So afraid it can be an aneurysm? Been told 4 mo. Ago it was possible pinched nerve. How can you tell the difference?

Unlikely aneurysm: Could be due to dental or jaw, but maybe neck issue or thoracic outlet syndrome. Get this examined, just to be safe, and maybe your doctor will order testing to reassure you. Migraine is another possibility, and depending on cause, treatment should be quite successful. ...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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Slight headache left side all day. Later in eve felt a spasm/slight pressure in left jaw and cheek bone that comes & goes no pain. Pinch nerve serious?

Slight headache left side all day. Later in eve felt a spasm/slight pressure in left jaw and cheek bone that comes & goes no pain. Pinch nerve serious?

TMJ: Does not sound like a pinched nerve. Could be TMJ or related to clenched as one does when stressed or bite has changed. This is when bite is off such as a new filling or crown. See the doc if persist and pay attention to the left jaw where it meets the head such as in front of the left ear. ...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?

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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Fell, hit left shoulder on railing 2 days ago. Had tingling in left arm immediately after. Have chronic right C5-c6 pinched nerve. Had headache since?

Fell, hit left shoulder on railing 2 days ago. Had tingling in left arm immediately after. Have chronic right C5-c6 pinched nerve. Had headache since?

Hit you head?: Did you hit your head as well? Does the pain travel to the hand? If you have chronic arm pain from the pinched nerve and this is now worse, then it is likely that you have inflamed that nerve again, The headache is more worrisome of a post concussive syndrome if you hit you head as well. Time to go see your Doc. ...Read more

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Yesterday I began having a slight numbness on my left side jawline, ear ache and now headache. Could this be a pinched nerve?

Yesterday I began having a slight numbness on my left side jawline, ear ache and now headache. Could this be a pinched nerve?

Not likely: Some toxin, pathogen, or allergen is causing an issue in the cranial joints or associated musculature, in the ear, or in some tooth. Get checked. ...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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Little dizziness, and light headache, due of the neck movement, or spine, doctor said might be pinched by a muscle, please help with this issue?

Little dizziness, and light headache, due of the neck movement, or spine, doctor said might be pinched by a muscle, please help with this issue?

Self care: It definitely is possible that you do have a pinched nerve. Most common reasons of neck pain are compromised posture (work, sleep etc), strained neck, and lack of exercise; these are likely muscular pains. Other factors involve trauma, genetics, underlying medical illness etc. Try gentle stretching of the neck. Also try doing warm compresses for about 10-12 minutes twice daily. ...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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I have been getting a sharp pain in my spine it feels like a pinch my joints hurt muscle shooting pain down both arms and bad pain in hands headaches?

I have been getting a sharp pain in my spine it feels like a pinch my joints hurt muscle shooting pain down both arms and bad pain in hands headaches?

Vertebral v Rib prob: The majority of such pain problems of this type are due to hyperflexed thoracic vertebra and/or locked rib. Either one causes abnormal muscle function and can refer pain to arms & head. I see it daily in my practice. Osteopathic manipulation can provide immediate relieve in many cases. Proper exam to rule out all causes, including above, and manipulation, can be done by good osteopathic dr. ...Read more

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I keep having pinching headaches on left side and right side of head lasting 2 min or less?

I keep having pinching headaches on left side and right side of head lasting 2 min or less?

See dentist: If the headaches are so fleeting, I suspect that you may have jaw problem. Do you grind your teeth or have problem with your bite? I suggest that you consult your dentist first. If everything checks out ok, then talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more