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With Migraine disease, there are many possible symptoms, including neck pain. For too long, neck pain was ignored as a Migraine symptom. Many people thought they had neck issues that were triggering their Migraines, and some did, but more of them found that rather than being a trigger, the neck pain was a symptom of the Migraine attack.
When it's a symptom of a Migraine, neck pain can begin as early as the prodrome phase of the Migraine attack and sometimes continue through the postdrome.
A study conducted in 2010 showed that neck pain is such a common Migraine symptom that it occurs as a symptom of Migraine more commonly than nausea. You can read more about the study and neck pain during a Migraine in Neck Pain As a Migraine Symptom .
Also, although researchers haven't determined why, the presence of neck pain is associated with delayed treatment of Migraine attacks. It may be that Migraineurs still don't realize that the neck pain is a Migraine symptom, or it c...
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 .
A 2010 study showed that neck pain is more common as a symptom of Migraine than nausea. 2 (See Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .) Now researchers are finding that when a Migraineur has neck pain, Migraine treatment is often delayed. 1 The study Study objectives: "This study will examine whether presence of neck pain is associated with a delay in Migraine treatment. Background: We have previously shown that neck pain is exceedingly common in Migraine. We have further shown that its presence on the day preceding Migraine is associated with impaired treatment response, and that neck pain is predictive of Migraine-related disability independent of headache frequency and severity." 2 Study methods: Prospective participants were examined by Migraine and headache specialists to confirm diagnosis of Migraine and exclude both cervicogenic headache and fibromyalgia. 113 participants kept a detailed diary for at least one month and until six Migraine had been treated. Part...
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