Trigger Points

jnk Community Member February 13, 2013
  • Just started with a new doctor. After 30 plus years of this dreadful disease, I learned something new--trigger points. It seems that a lot of migraines are on one side of my head and that I get very tight in my shoulder and neck on that side. It is suspected that those trigger points in the shoulder/neck could be triggering the headache. Wow!! It is actually painful to touch those spots. I am going to get chiropractic care for the tender spots and see if that helps the headaches. Very Interesting I thought....

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    Feb. 14, 2013

    Hi jnk,

     

    It's not uncommon to have neck pain be a symptom of Migraine and be a trigger for an attack.  Let me give you some information to read on neck issues and Migraine; 

    Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom  and 

    Those Frustrating Migraine Symptoms - Neck Pain (and its implications)  and just one more Migraine Treatment Delayed...

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    Hi jnk,

     

    It's not uncommon to have neck pain be a symptom of Migraine and be a trigger for an attack.  Let me give you some information to read on neck issues and Migraine; 

    Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom  and 

    Those Frustrating Migraine Symptoms - Neck Pain (and its implications)  and just one more Migraine Treatment Delayed by Neck Pain.

     

    Many of the Migraine specialists we work with don't like having chiropractic work done on necks. They feel that type of manipulation is ok the the lower back but not the neck.

     

    How about other triggers? Are you able to identify any others?

    Nancy 

     


    • jnk
      jnk
      Feb. 15, 2013

      Actually the treatment is not manipulation, but more of massage treatment. I am going to try it.

       

      Yes, I have many triggers and am well aware of them as I have had this disease for 30 years.

       

      Thank you for your imput and tips.

    • Nancy Harris Bonk
      Health Guide
      Feb. 15, 2013

      Hi jnk,

       

      I just answered a patients question on triggers and thought of you  Smile.   She too has had migraine for years, but had no idea that changes in the barometric pressure could trigger a Migraine attack.

       

      And as we age, it not uncommon for our triggers to change. Just some additional thoughts.

       

      Take care,

      Nancy 

  • Anonymous
    lmj
    Mar. 03, 2013

    Just be careful with a Chiro...I went to one about 30 yrs ago..at first, there was definitely some relief, but then on one visit, the manipulation ended up in my not being able to move my neck more than an inch to each side...ended up having to go to an Ortho for treatment...luckily, I was able to get normal movement back after awhile..I have heard others have...

    RHMLucky777

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    Just be careful with a Chiro...I went to one about 30 yrs ago..at first, there was definitely some relief, but then on one visit, the manipulation ended up in my not being able to move my neck more than an inch to each side...ended up having to go to an Ortho for treatment...luckily, I was able to get normal movement back after awhile..I have heard others have not been so lucky.  One additional word of caution...if you ever go to PT and they want to do CST on you, be very careful...although it works for some, for me personally, it gave me one of the worst migraines of my life and I ended up in the ER

     

  • MargoMW
    Feb. 17, 2013
    I'm glad you've discovered trigger points. It's very useful to know where they. Many of them can be used to loosen stiff muscle and knots and some can cause temporary pain relief. I most commonly use the two behind mu upper eyelids just under the brow near the nose. You'll feel a groove there. Apply medium pressure in a slightly upward motion for 2-3 minutes...
    RHMLucky777
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    I'm glad you've discovered trigger points. It's very useful to know where they. Many of them can be used to loosen stiff muscle and knots and some can cause temporary pain relief. I most commonly use the two behind mu upper eyelids just under the brow near the nose. You'll feel a groove there. Apply medium pressure in a slightly upward motion for 2-3 minutes to get some relief. Another one is inside your ears in the upper outer corner. Find the spot and apply pressure on both the inside and outside of your ear in a hard slightly tugging upward motion for 2-3 minutes. Another pair is at the base of the skull between vertebratas 1 and 2. Apply firm pressure on these spots with your thumbs for 2-3 minutes. I've found to make the effects longer, I put peppermint oil on my fingertips before doing any of these accupressure pain relief alternatives, except right above my eyes. I also spend a great deal of time with the back of my head and neck cradled in pillows and ice. Work with a massage therapist or friend/partner to target the points in your neck and shoulders. If they stay tight, they will lead to another migraine. - Best of luck. MargoMW
    • jnk
      jnk
      Feb. 18, 2013

      Thanks for that!! Every little bit helps..