extremely tight neck,head and headache. Help!

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/12/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
i have a history of migraines but i noticed that in the past 3 months or more, i wake up everyday with a very tight neck and tightness around my head. It causes me to get auras, and anxiety attacks. I also get numbness in my hands. I have tried so many medicines, accupuncture,chiropracttors. Now am doing physical therapy, just started yesterday. It is so debilitating. Doctors havent cured me and i have tried everything. My eent says i have a deviated septum but i dont see how that causes my tense neck.

Feedback from anyone would be great!

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   Posted 11/12/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I've got a quick thought or two. Try stretching your upper back and neck before bed and consider using cold or hot compresses. More importantly I think you need to take a careful look at your sleep. Do you sleep in a position that irritates your neck (maybe a different pillow could help)? Do you have good sleep hygiene? (i.e. not exercising, eating, having caffeine, drinking significant fluids or doing other stimulating activities in the hours before sleep).

Considering that you say that your headaches and soreness occur when you wake, again, my first hunch would be that sleep problems could be setting off your preexisting problem.

Good luck,
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   Posted 11/13/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Wasabi - Do you clench or grind your teeth? Whether you're aware of it or not, you most likely do. Oftentimes that activity can lead to head, neck, & face pain. Have you mentioned any of this to your dentist?


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