Migranes caused by neck problems

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alwayssomething
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   Posted 6/23/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just wondering if anyone has a problem with their neck causing migraines like I do. I regularly visit the chiropractor for my neck being out of alignment. It causes severe migraines. In return, I suffer from blurred vision, dizziness, lightheadedness, vomiting, and severe head and neck pains. Most times I get a large lump at the base of my skull that develops. It usually takes a couple of days for the swelling to go down with icing. My chiropractor and I believe that it's due to tension. I haven't followed up with the doctor wanting me to get some advanced testing done on my neck. I have been a migraine sufferer for over 17 years. Any suggestions?

LdyJane
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   Posted 6/23/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello always and welcome. I employed a variety of methodologies when treating my head pain, especially when it was at its worst, including a chiropractor.

IMO, a chiropractor plays an important role, but so does traditional medicine. You mentioned that your Dr. wanted you to have testing done; what kind of testing are you talking about? Have you had any imaging done yet? if not, this really is an important first step. You should have at least had x-rays at your chiro office, but with your symptoms I'm wondering if an MRI wouldn't be better...I'm not a Dr., but with my neck issues and my migraines, the MRI's gave more and better information.

Are you seeing a migraine specialist, a neurologist specifically?, you may want to find a good one to help you out as well.
Good luck,
Janice

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   Posted 6/23/2009 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw a chiropractor for a long time..."supposedly" my c-spine was straightened (loss of natural curvature) and that was the cause of my head pain.

After MULTIPLE treatments there (I was going up to 4x a week for several weeks) I didnt have any improvement and as a result I don't believe this was the 'reason' for my head pain. I wont say that it doesn't contribute to it :-)

What exactly is your doctor looking for, did s/he say?
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alwayssomething
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   Posted 6/23/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
No, the doctor didn't say what he was looking for. I've recently been reluctant as well. Two chiropractors in the same building told me two different things. One said it has alot to do with how I sleep on my pillow at night. I need to have that natural curve in my neck. Apparently the way I sleep, with multiple pillows is a no no. The other chiropractor says she also sleeps with multiple pillows, and that she disagreed with the first chiropractor. Neither one has offered to do an x-ray. They have a fancy machine that rolls down your spine and shows whats out of place. I guess that they feel that's a good enough.

I guess I just need to break down and go get the testing done. I believe it was an MRI he wanted done.

tysmyboo
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   Posted 6/24/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Im sorry! I always felt like with chiropractic care it was very much different from one to the next. Again, that is just my experience-I'm not by any means bashing ALL chiro's :-)

I would definitey go ahead with the MRI and see what it says, I dont feel like there's anything for you to lose at this point and a possibility of learning something new.

Please let us know what the MRI says :-)
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Hara
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   Posted 6/26/2009 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I just changed my pillows and got 2 new ones for me and my son. I've only slept on it for three days. I now have a HA of the decade. hummmmm
 
HARA

alwayssomething
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   Posted 6/26/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hara- According to my chiropractor, pillows that we buy at home or discount stores are pushing our skulls and up and forward, "breaking" the natural backwards curvature of our neck. I have purchased the chiropractors choice of pillow, which most sell right in their offices. They have a large amount of neck support, but have a dip in the middle where your head lays. This causes me to be dizzy, so I haven't been faithful to this pillow! He says that it takes a month or so to get used to them, but I can't make it that long without going back to my old pillow!

Maybe trying one of these pillows would be helpful to you. They generally cost between $25 and $35. I would like to share that I have found a good amount of relief with those soft "bean" filled pillows. They are usually made in the form of animals or such for children. When I have a HA, I put one of those under my neck, and ice pack my head for 15 minutes. Those "bean bags" conform so nicely to your head and neck!

tysmyboo
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   Posted 6/26/2009 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have resorted to no pillow at all! I can NOT stand those chiro pillows with the indention for your head and the "regular" pillows don't seem to be helping anything. I notice that when I get to the most severe states I get rid of all pillows and lay flat :-)
I guess its different for everyone
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   Posted 6/27/2009 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I switched back to my old pillows I have a soft one that my kitty likes to sleep on at my head and then I put another pillow on a slant like on top of the other one. My headache is gone. I think that was my son's problem to.
 
Hara

SMP86
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   Posted 6/27/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I was told by my doctor that botox works best on people who have their neck causing there migraines. I have not tried it because mine dont come from my neck.

Sweden
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   Posted 6/28/2009 12:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi alwayssomething!
For about 10 years ago i started to have problems with my neck so i went to a chiropractor, after every time i visit him i was in
the beginning ok for 2 weeks, but then it got worse so i went to him every week, after some week he said to me that i have
to go to a doctor and have some kind of x-ray beacuse he thought that there was some thing wrong and that he too needed to
see what was causing my neck problem ( and the headache i got from it )
 
A doctor sent me to MRI and the result was that my neck was in very bad condition and that i had nervedamage from level 2-7
and my regular doctor said that it was out of the question for me to se a chiro, beacuse it could be dangerous for me with the
bad neck i have, so..........yes do an x-ray so that it wont get worse for you.
The headaches that comes from neck and shouders is always tension related, they learned me when i was 17 month in a neck
clinic.
 
But i also have FHM, but my migraine doesnt feel the same as my tension related headache there is a big different!!!
 
OK hope you will check up your neck!!!    Bye/ Sweden

alwayssomething
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   Posted 6/28/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry- FHM? Just wondering what they did to treat your nerve damage. Also, do you know what caused it in the first place? Thanks!

alwayssomething
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   Posted 6/28/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Botox? How is that used, and what exactly does it do for neck issues? Thanks!

Sweden
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   Posted 7/4/2009 2:34 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi alwayssomething!!!   FHM= Familial Hemiplegic Migraine = A rare kind of migraine that gives seizures with paralysis Speech problems etc etc. In my neck i have something called cervikal Disk Degeneration the disks and bones has degenerated so much that there has been new bones growing and putting pressure over my nerves and nerve roots, usually CDD starts after the age of 40 but for me the doctors thinks that it has started  in my childhood but they ca´nt say why??

 

The treatments i´ve got is massage, akupunkture, water gymnastics and yoga, but mainly strong painkillers. For my migraine headache they have treated me with Botox also but that did´nt  help at all but i now that many migrainers have got help from it, have never heard that it can help for neck problems but you can ask a doctor about that!!!

OK have a great summer everyone!!! / Sweden cool


Same issues
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   Posted 7/12/2014 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Always something, when I just read your initial post, I thought you were describing me. I too have suffered from migraines for many years & just in the past 2 years they have become increasingly worse. I have the blurred vision, lightheaded ness, nausea & vomiting etc. I also get stabbing pains behind my eyes. I have limited range/movement of my neck. And just like you, when I get a severe migraine, I got a lump on the back on my neck. I was so happy to hear that I was not the only one to have these symptoms. I have been through every form of medical therapy. Chiropractor, neurologist, pain management & a movement disorders neurologist. None of which can tell me what is wrong. However, I have also had cortisone injections in my head, facet injections in my C-2, C-3, nerve blocks, 3 MRI's, Botox & RF. I have an appt next week w a spine disorders doctor. I won't hold my breath bc I'm sure he won't have answers for me either. I am also going to the Cleveland Clinic in Sept. I hope you get some tests done & have more luck then I do. I will keep you posted if I find out anything if you will do the same. One other thing is that I found that heat works better than ice on the lump. 😉
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