back lower head pain

bert flores Community Member November 16, 2007
  • I currently live with migraines, treatment to control has become very discouraging.Relpax works but cant find a daily med that works. Anyway I need to know if anyone gets pain in the lower back of the head before or after migraine. Tring to see if pain could be related to migraine or cause. Any help would be appreciated. Thankl you....
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  • Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    Nov. 17, 2007

    Have you mentioned this to your doctor.

     

    I sometimes have pain that starts low in the back of my head, just above my neck. For me, it's the beginning of a tension-type headache. For some Migraineurs, if not stopped ASAP, a tension-type headache can trigger a Migraine.

     

    Teri 

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    Jeff Haumesser
    Feb. 19, 2008
    I too have Migraines that begin at the base of the back of the head.  I can always tell when the potential for a migraine exists by the feeling I get in that area.  I've recently been diagnosed with arthritis in the neck, so I'm beginning to think it may have something to do with that.  My migraines usually occurr if I sleep too long. ...
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    I too have Migraines that begin at the base of the back of the head.  I can always tell when the potential for a migraine exists by the feeling I get in that area.  I've recently been diagnosed with arthritis in the neck, so I'm beginning to think it may have something to do with that.  My migraines usually occurr if I sleep too long.  Maybe laying with my neck bent the wrong way for extended periods triggers it.  Who knows.  The best I can do is take Excedrin if I feel the possibility of a Migraine, ie pain in back base of head, and that more often than not staves off a Migraine.  If I Do get a migraine, the pain can be quite excrutiating.
    • mallik
      Oct. 05, 2013

      Hi Jeff, thanks for sharing this.. I am also going through the same and it causes lack of concentration, irritation, and vomiting sensation. Doctors have given me migraine pain killers. . It is helping but next day feeling the same. Please share what the steps to prevent or cure the same.

    • Teri Robert
      Health Guide
      Oct. 05, 2013

      Malik,

       

      -:¦:-•:*'""*:•.-:¦:-•* Welcome to HealthCentral! *•-:¦:-•:*'""*:•.-:¦:-
      I'm sorry your doctors haven't been able to help you more.
      You said your doctor gave you Migraine "pain killers." I'm not sure what that means because there aren't specific pain killers for Migraine. Did you perhaps...
      RHMLucky777
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      Malik,

       

      -:¦:-•:*'""*:•.-:¦:-•* Welcome to HealthCentral! *•-:¦:-•:*'""*:•.-:¦:-
      I'm sorry your doctors haven't been able to help you more.
      You said your doctor gave you Migraine "pain killers." I'm not sure what that means because there aren't specific pain killers for Migraine. Did you perhaps mean a triptan medication - Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, Amerge, Relpax, Axert; or one of the generics - sumatriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan, or zolmitriptan?
      Did your doctor mention to you that pain medications or the triptans I mentioned above shouldn't be taken more than two or three days a week? If we take Migraine abortive meds such as triptans or any kind of pain med more than two days a week, they can add to our problems by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.

      There are lots of preventive treatments, but there aren't any cures for Migraine, which is a genetic neurological disease. What diagnosis did your doctor give you?

       

      If your doctor isn’t able to help, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check at www.achenet.org.

       

      Let me also tell you a bit about our site...

       

      In the upper right-hand corner of our home page, you’ll see a “My Home” button. Clicking on it will take you to your personal home page, where you can do many things, including creating SharePosts. SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you, use SharePosts as a Migraine and headache journal, and many other things.


      Along with your personal "My Home" page and the discussion forum, you'll find links to a great deal of helpful information on the main page of our site, http://www.HealthCentral.com/Migraine. One of the best ways to keep up with new information on our site is to subscribe to our newsletter. You can do that by clicking the green “Free Newsletter” button in the left column of our main page.

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      Educating ourselves about Migraine disease and other headache disorders is one of our best tools to gaining control of them and improving our quality of life. Here are some links that will be helpful to you:

       

      Welcome again,

      Teri

  • beckyalice
    Feb. 17, 2008

    I too have terrible upper neck/lower back of head pain with migraine.  It's killer.  I have been seeing a chiropractor with these letters after his name . . . D.C., C.C.E.P.  I keep forgetting to ask what the last 4 initials are for, but I have found some help & relief since going to him.  He discovered some degeneration in the vertabrae...

    RHMLucky777

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    I too have terrible upper neck/lower back of head pain with migraine.  It's killer.  I have been seeing a chiropractor with these letters after his name . . . D.C., C.C.E.P.  I keep forgetting to ask what the last 4 initials are for, but I have found some help & relief since going to him.  He discovered some degeneration in the vertabrae in my neck which in turn cause the muscles in my neck to work hard & overcompensate.  He does very little manual manipulation (unlike my previous chiro that jerked my neckaround every which way & may have contributed to the problem, rather than help).  I have also been getting regular massage from a Neuromuscular Therapist, that specialized in pain relief.  I still have the pain, but occasionally I find partial relief.  I certainly feel better over all since adopting their homeopathic philosophies!

    Don't give up the search! 

  • dianacwolf
    Jan. 02, 2008

    Hi Bert Flores- Just saw your post.  I have the same pattern of headaches.

     

    After years of not getting anywhere with general practioners, specialists, and neurologists, I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia by a rheumatologist four years ago.

     

    The traditional treatments for fibromyalgia did not help.  They just drugged me out, temporarily...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Bert Flores- Just saw your post.  I have the same pattern of headaches.

     

    After years of not getting anywhere with general practioners, specialists, and neurologists, I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia by a rheumatologist four years ago.

     

    The traditional treatments for fibromyalgia did not help.  They just drugged me out, temporarily masking the pain, but not helping the underlying cause.

     

    I did a lot of research on my own, emailing people online who had fibromyalgia, asking them what worked for them.  I decided to take control of my own treatment.  At first, frustrated (and a bit angry, I must admit) at doctors in general, I decided to try the herbal route.  I went off all prescription meds.  This felt empowering, to not be on any prescription drugs, like I was in control of my own future, with no doctor holding my chain.  A few herbal remedies did help somewhat, (I read a book from the American Arthritis Association entitled: "Herbal Remedies for Fibromyalgia," or something to that effect), but I continued to network with fibro folks online.  It was there that I heard about the guaifenesin protocol.  It was highly controversial, and had as many critics as supporters.  But, I decided to give it a try.

     

    I've been on the guaifenesin protocol for 3 1/2 years now, and its helped tremendously. I won't get into the particulars of the protocol.  You can google it, or email me.  Guai is a generic med, which I liked, as its cheap and readily available.

     

    Be aware that the type of headaches you have-- muscle tension/migraines, (also known as "combination headaches" or "daily chronic headaches") are extremely common with fibromyalgia.  Not all people with fibromyalgia get migraines.   It is just one of the possible symptoms.  For me, it is my worst symptom.  As all of my other symptoms have improved, so have my headaches.  I get less of them now, and no longer need prescription painkillers.

     

    I expect to be completely cleared of the calcium phosphate deposits that cause fibromyalgia within the next six months, and once that happens I expect to be headache-free.  My migraines will be gone.

     

    (It still seems too good to be true.  I've had a headache every day since I was 18, and I'm now 38, so a pain-free life still seems like a fairytale.  But, I'll know for sure within the next 6 months.)

     

    I've kept a blog since i started on the guai on my family website: www.surfercouple.com.  There's no advertising there, and I don't sell anything.  It is just a blog, (and occassionally some pictures of my kindergartener.) :) - Diana

     

  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Nov. 19, 2007

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Teri has given you great information on Tension-type headaches.  Let us know what the doctor says.

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost.  SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you,...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    Teri has given you great information on Tension-type headaches.  Let us know what the doctor says.

     

    Thank you for creating a SharePost.  SharePosts are a form of blogging, and there are many things you can do with them. You can share an experience, suggest something that's helped you, use SharePosts as a Migraine and headache journal, and many other things.

    We also have a discussion forum that you may want to check out. Especially if you have questions or are looking for information, you may find the interaction on the forum to be quite helpful. To get to the forum, just look for the orange box marked "Manage" and click on the Migraine Forums link. Because our forums are maintained by a third party, you'll need to register for the forum. You can use the same information you used to create your community log-in if you like. If you want to go directly to the forum, you can click HERE.

    Along with your personal "My Home" page and the discussion forum, you'll find links to a great deal of helpful information on the main page of our site, http://www.MyMigraineConnection.com.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to post them to the forum or send me a message through my profile.

    Welcome again,

    Nancy Bonk
    MyMigraineConnection.com Expert

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