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 .
Cervicogenic headache is referred pain perceived in the head from a source in the neck. Cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache, which means that it is caused by another illness or physical issue. In the case of cervicogenic headache, the cause is a neck disorder or lesion. Information and diagnostic criteria for cervicogenic headache from the International Headache Society's International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II) 1 : 11.2 Headache attributed to disorder of the neck 11.2.1 Cervicogenic headache Previously used term: Cervical headache Coded elsewhere: Headache causally associated with cervical myofascial tender spots is coded as 2.1.1 Infrequent episodic tension-type headache associated with pericranial tenderness, 2.2.1 Frequent episodic tension-type headache associated with pericranial tenderness or 2.3.1 Chronic tension-type headache associated with pericranial tenderness. Diagnostic criteria: Pain, referred from a source in th...
We often think of nausea as a symptom of a Migraine attack. In fact, the International Headache Society lists nausea as one of the defining symptoms of Migraine. 2 Researchers recently published the results of a study to look at the prevalence of neck pain in Migraine. The Study Study objective: "To determine the prevalence of neck pain at the time of migraine treatment relative to the prevalence of nausea, a defining associated symptom of migraine." 1 Study methods: Participants were chosen from a university headache and Migraine clinic and from the general population. Potential participants with fibromyalgia, cervicogenic headaches, or history of cervical trauma or surgery were excluded. A total of 234 participants were confirmed as eligible for the study. Participants entered details of their Migraines in a daily diary for at least one month and until six Migraines had been treated. Of the 234 eligible participants, 113 turned in completed study diaries. T...
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