<p><strong>What Are Shingles?</strong></p>
<p>Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a disorder caused by varicella zoster, the same virus that causes chicken pox. After an attack of chicken pox, usually a childhood disease, the virus does not die but rather lies dormant in the nerve cells that extend from the spinal cord or the brain out into the body. Years later, the virus may be reactivated and migrate along the path of a nerve to the surface of the skin, where it causes a rash of painful blisters.</p>
<p>While it is generally not a dangerous condition, shingles can be extremely painful. But in most people, the lesions heal and pain diminishes within three to five weeks. The prognosis is generally good, unless the virus spreads to the brain or spinal cord or to the eyes. Some shingles sufferers, however, experience lingering nerve pain (postherpetic neuralgia) that can persist for months or even years after the rash is gone. The pain ...
Imagine holding a bowling ball all day, everyday, over your head. Can you feel your shoulder muscles getting sore? Can you imagine walking to work, sitting at your computer, cleaning your house, playing with your kids, and all the time holding that bowling ball over your head? Well, that is essentially what your neck is doing all day. All day, everyday, with few rests in between when you lie down, your neck is holding up your head, which actually weighs a little more than an average bowling ball. In addition, if you are like most people then you probably don't walk around with perfect posture all the time. You probably tend to carry your head in front of your body. If you do, then it is more similar to holding the bowling ball in front of your head--which is even harder!
It is no wonder that so many people develop neck pain! However, just because you have ne...
Although most people immediately think "headache" when they think of a Migraine, there are many times when some of the accompanying symptoms are as severe and debilitating as the headache, if not more so.
One of those symptoms can be neck pain. Until fairly recently, neck pain was often overlooked as a Migraine symptom. In 2010, a study showed that it's more common in Migraine than nausea. You can find more information about this in Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .
Beyond the obvious pain, when neck pain occurs during a Migraine, it impacts Migraineurs in other ways:
Its presence on the day preceding Migraine is associated with treatments not working as well.
Neck pain is predictive of Migraine-related disability, regardless of Migraine frequency and severity.
Presence of neck pain during a Migraine is associated with delayed treatment of Migraine attacks.
You can read more about this in Migraine Treatment Delayed by Neck Pain .
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