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Years ago a landmark study proved that not all pinched nerves hurt. By looking at multiple cadavers, researchers found many flattened, pinched, crushed nerves that caused no evidence of pain in the person's medical records (Neary and Ochoa 1975). That really puzzled the medical community because the popular thought, at the time, was that all pinched nerves hurt . Since that theory was disproven, scientists have been trying to explain why some nerve damage hurts and some does not.
Within the past 15 years, many studies have shown the effects of inflammation on the nerve. Without any source of physical, mechanical pinching, a nerve can be damaged by the inflammatory chemicals. Such chemicals are equivalent to throwing acid on a nerve. That is why steroid injections work. The steroids block the chemical reaction and cool the nerve. However, some people know that even injections do not help all types of nerve pain. So, there must be more to this puzzle; inflammation is not the only...
Imagine holding a bowling ball all day, everyday, over your head. Can you feel your shoulder muscles getting sore? Can you imagine walking to work, sitting at your computer, cleaning your house, playing with your kids, and all the time holding that bowling ball over your head? Well, that is essentially what your neck is doing all day. All day, everyday, with few rests in between when you lie down, your neck is holding up your head, which actually weighs a little more than an average bowling ball. In addition, if you are like most people then you probably don't walk around with perfect posture all the time. You probably tend to carry your head in front of your body. If you do, then it is more similar to holding the bowling ball in front of your head--which is even harder!
It is no wonder that so many people develop neck pain! However, just because you have ne...
Do you experience neck pain with your Migraines? Have you wondered if the neck pain is triggering the Migraines, or if the Migraines are causing the neck pain? This is a very common question for people who have both neck pain and Migraines.
In the last few years, some key research has provided us with answers about Migraines and neck pain. Nausea is such a hallmark symptom of Migraine that the International Headache Society lists nausea as one of the defining symptoms of Migraine 1 , so it came as a surprise to some people when research showed that neck pain as a Migraine symptom is actually more frequently experienced than nausea. 2 This validated anecdotal evidence from Migraineurs who reported neck pain as a symptom of their Migraines. For more on this, see Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .
Additional research involving Migraine and neck pain showed that Migraine treatment is associated in a delay in Migraine treatment. 3 This research offered two possible reasons why M...
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