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Back of my neck on my right side really hurts and i've had a bad headache for 2 days, is this a migraine?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: Could be...

Migraine usually have nausea & light sensitivity with them. A cervicogenic headache can occur when the muscles in the back of your neck are tight and pull on the membrane & muscles surrounding your skull.
There are other types & causes of headaches that can be concerning too. For a bad headache lasting this long, you should definitely see a doctor.

In brief: Could be...

Migraine usually have nausea & light sensitivity with them. A cervicogenic headache can occur when the muscles in the back of your neck are tight and pull on the membrane & muscles surrounding your skull.
There are other types & causes of headaches that can be concerning too. For a bad headache lasting this long, you should definitely see a doctor.
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Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry

In brief: Possibly

Could be a migraine, but could just as easily be a tension headache.
Migraines are due to altered blood flow in the brain. Tension headaches are due to muscle stress/tension/fatigue. If the neck muscles are the cause and there are no other symptoms, it is likely a tension headache. Symptoms that might indicate migraine are vision changes, nausea, sensitivity to light or loud sounds, to name a few.

In brief: Possibly

Could be a migraine, but could just as easily be a tension headache.
Migraines are due to altered blood flow in the brain. Tension headaches are due to muscle stress/tension/fatigue. If the neck muscles are the cause and there are no other symptoms, it is likely a tension headache. Symptoms that might indicate migraine are vision changes, nausea, sensitivity to light or loud sounds, to name a few.
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