Hello, I have been having sharp throbbing pain and stiffness in my neck and shoulders. This pain has been going on for a few weeks. I also have bad pain all around the top of my head. The pain occurs at night and in the morning when I wake up and usually last all day long. It may go away for a couple hours throughout the day but it does come back. Other symptoms I am experiencing is nausea, occasional tenderness, I feel emotional and vulnerable, and there is pressure in my head and I do feel it when I move it or sit still. I do not feel any pressure in my eyes or any vision problems and I do not hear any swishing in my ears. I have tried over the counter medications such as Advil, Aleve, and Excedrin migraine. But none of them work. I have also been experiencing shortness of breath in the morning for the past few days, feeling very cold before going to bed and a sharp pain going across my upper abdomen. I have gone to the doctor and he wasn’t very much help...
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 .
A 2010 study showed that neck pain is more common as a symptom of Migraine than nausea. 2 (See Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .) Now researchers are finding that when a Migraineur has neck pain, Migraine treatment is often delayed. 1 The study Study objectives: "This study will examine whether presence of neck pain is associated with a delay in Migraine treatment. Background: We have previously shown that neck pain is exceedingly common in Migraine. We have further shown that its presence on the day preceding Migraine is associated with impaired treatment response, and that neck pain is predictive of Migraine-related disability independent of headache frequency and severity." 2 Study methods: Prospective participants were examined by Migraine and headache specialists to confirm diagnosis of Migraine and exclude both cervicogenic headache and fibromyalgia. 113 participants kept a detailed diary for at least one month and until six Migraine had been treated. Part...
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