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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 .
We often think of nausea as a symptom of a Migraine attack. In fact, the International Headache Society lists nausea as one of the defining symptoms of Migraine.
Migraineurs here on MyMigraineConnection have often discussed and asked about neck pain as a Migraine symptom. Although neck pain isn't one of the defining symptoms of Migraine as outlined by the International Headache Society, we've been observing it for quite some time.
Researchers recently published the results of a study to look at the prevalence of neck pain in Migraine. The objective of the study was "To determine the prevalence of neck pain at the time of migraine treatment relative to the prevalence of nausea, a defining associated symptom of migraine."
Please continue reading Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .
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