12/3/07 #8 - Waking with neck soreness and headache?

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    I wake up every morning with a soreness in the back of my neck and a hang-over like headache which makes me nauseous. I do not drink. I have had previous neck discectomy and fusion at three levels. I suffer from chronic muscle tightness in neck and shoulders. The headache lasts all day. Any suggestions? Jonathan.





    Dear Jonathan;


    You most probably have cervicogenic headaches based on your former neck problems. I suspect you don't sleep well, and I would recommend you talk to your physician about a medication called tizanidine (Zanaflex), which reduces muscle spasm and helps sleep. It also helps chronic daily headaches.

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    Last updated December 3, 2007.

Published On: December 02, 2007