Cervicogenic Migraine

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blossomkay
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   Posted 10/3/2015 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been suffering from headaches which morph into migraines for the last 19 years, but only this year have learned what they actually were. After visiting neurologists, orthopedists, you name it, I happened to be on a cruise and was hit with one of these debilitating headaches. They begin in the left side of my neck or skull (although they can also be experienced on the right side for some people) and they escalate into the most unbearable pain in my whole head, followed by vomiting. I have tried migraine meds, heat, cold, chiropractic, pain meds, and physical therapy, and nothing stopped these headaches from occurring. Back to the cruise...I had no choice but to go to the ship's doctor, who immediately diagnosed (without imaging) cervicogenic migraine, based on my history and symptoms. Once I got back home, I found my way to a neurosurgeon who referred me to a pain clinic, where I was given epidural steroid injections. I came to learn that the headaches were caused by neck injury (either traumatic or degenerative, in my case) which was inflaming and pinching nerves in my cervical spine, starting the headache and accelerating into a full-blown migraine (something that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy). These migraines don't respond to medication, and the only relief can be gotten from going to the E.R. for a pain injection. The epidural injections are designed to prevent the episodes from occurring. Has anyone else out there experienced these types of headaches??

Penrichardson
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   Posted 10/8/2016 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe that I may suffer from these. I have been to every type doctor, many neurologists/neurosurgeons, taken about every preventive meds and tried accupuncture, PT, etc. The one that helped the most was the chiropractor, which has been treating me for around 3 years. He said it looked as if I had an injury to my neck, which may have occured as a result of a wreck I was in as a child. I rarely get the migraines during the day. When I lay down I can feel the beginnings or possibility of a migraine. By the time I awake in the morning I have a migraine which I feel while laying down. When I change different lying positions, the pain changes. When I stand up in the morning the migraine will get temp. relief, like relief from pressure. Then it immediately comes back because I think after waking up with it it is just there. Sometimes, I can walk it off, but a lot of times I have to take immetrex for relief. The chiropractor did say that a pinched nerve could be involved. I am getting to where I hate going to be because of how I wake up. Every once in a while like once every 3 months, I will wake without one having a clear mind (the morning migraines give me foggy mind). Does this sound like what you have? What gave you relief?

blossomkay
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   Posted 10/9/2016 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
You may very well be having the same type of migraines that I'm suffering from. However, mine don't occur every night - I can go for months without one. If I can catch it while it is still originating in the neck, I can take a dose of Hydrocodone and that will usually stop the process. However, once it progresses into a full-fledged migraine, I've not found anything that will help and I know that my next 24 hours are going to be horrendous.

Apontek
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   Posted 9/3/2017 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Penrichardson i have the same problems that you have. I dread going to bed because i know i will always wake up in the middle of the night with a head/neck ache and nausea a little. I have gotten a tiny bit of relief from doing the chin tucks which you have prob already done. I also take tension headache meds with caffeine in them..fiorecet which helps a little. And the migraine med zomig(a triptan) helps but makes me sleepy and insurance wont give me many each month.And like you said just getting up moving around helps take the edge and stiffness away some. I had facet injections but didnt help so going back for more in different spot. I also get temporary relief(any relief is great) from CVS brand Hot and Cold sore muscle spray in a blue can (make sure not to get the similar one called warm and cool...it is too weak).I am so looking forward to hearing what other people are doing. This is my first day on this sight and i cried last night knowing that i finally can hear that other people are going through the exact same thing and i can learn from ya'll.

blossomkay
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   Posted 9/3/2017 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
This thread hasn't been active lately, but I didn't want your post to go unanswered, so I'll tell you what I have done. I have been dealing with this since 1996 and nothing that the doctors have done has worked. I am scheduled to go for an epidural injection in two weeks, and although I have had them before and they didn't prevent the episodes, I am trying it again with a different doctor. I also have recently been given Ketorolac, which I take with a hydrocodone, and though I haven't had a severe headache while taking this combination, it has helped a not-so-severe one.

I waver between believing that my headaches are coming from the deteriorating disks in my cervical spine, or coming from the musculature in that area. I haven't found a doctor who seems willing to address the musculature, though one did send me for physical therapy. At physical therapy, I was given a neck device for stretching that back part of my neck where the headaches begin.

I don't know whether any of this sounds familiar to you, but I just wanted you to know that you are not out there alone.

Apontek
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   Posted 9/3/2017 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you so much blossomkay..i will ask my doctor if i can try Ketorolac. Please keep me updated on your progress if you have timesmile You will be in my prayers

tiredredhead
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   Posted 10/26/2017 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, thank you! I found this thread and now have a name for my headaches!! I have degenerative disc disease in my neck with herniated disc, stenosis, and bone spurs. The last six months I have been dealing with headaches that are increasing in frequency and pain level. I can move it the wrong way and get a thoroughly nasty one, otherwise they are a steady pain. Not a migraine type yet, but I am suddenly getting ones that make looking at anything hurt. No nausea.

I rarely ever got headaches in my life before this started. Usually sinus headaches once in a while. But now I have a name to research and take to my team of docs! This is why I love this site!!
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