Migraine for a year and 6months suffering from spasm in the neck

Rochelle Community Member October 15, 2013
  • .im suffering from migraine 1year and 6months from neck spasm..done for the ct scan and result is clear nothing to worry but my spasm always trigger my migraine try alot of medicine but wont work i also try pt but it get worst..im only 23 years old..everyday i am suffering to headache left side only sometimes feel dizzy and sick..done suffering from face pain numbness and tingling..almost everyday i feel the headpain..but the ct scan was clear what should i do next????
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  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    Health Guide
    Oct. 31, 2013

    Hi Rochelle,

     

    Are you seeing a Migraine and Headache specialist? That is probably the very best information I could give you. You may not even have an appropriate diagnosis, which would affect your treatment and management strategies and successes.

     

    For example, has your doctor ever talked with you about cervical dystonia? Also called torticollis,...

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    Hi Rochelle,

     

    Are you seeing a Migraine and Headache specialist? That is probably the very best information I could give you. You may not even have an appropriate diagnosis, which would affect your treatment and management strategies and successes.

     

    For example, has your doctor ever talked with you about cervical dystonia? Also called torticollis, cervical dystonia causes neck spasms that actuallyoriginate in the brain. They can actually be triggered by the medicines we take for our Migraines.  Here is a post I wrote about dystonia triggered by medicine.

     

    Not all dystonia is caused by exposure to medicines, but now that you have the name for this highly misdiagnosed condition you can look it up and see for yourself if the symptoms match your experience. If they do, you'll know to mention it to your doctor and ask for a referral to a movement disorder specialist who can adequately diagnose whether that is actually your problem or not.

     

    Migraine is also known to cause neck pain and spasms, and Teri wrote about this just recently. I hope the information in the link is helpful to you.

     

    Imaging like CT and MRI are done to rule out other conditions. Migraine itself won't show up on imaging. Don't get discouraged because it didn't reveal the secret to your symptoms. It just means there is more work to do to figure out the absolute diagnosis and from there, a good treatment that will be helpful for you.

     

    I am wondering, has your doctor mentioned treatment with Botox yet? This is reserved for chronic Migraine, but is also used for torticollis and can be very effective in relieving spasms associated with both conditions.

     

    Let me know how you do, okay? :)

     

    ~Ellen