• Sheila Sheila
    November 18, 2008
    Neck pain on right side - is this a migraine?
    Sheila Sheila
    November 18, 2008

    For almost 21 years I have experienced excruciating pain on the right side of my head/neck.  The pain actually goes from my ear, down my neck and to my shoulder but does not include my shoulder.  I am currently on Flexeril (muscle relaxer), Flurbiprofen (generic Ansaid) and a blood pressure pill whose name escapes me at the moment.  I am not sure how often I would experience the pain if I was not taking these three medications twice daily.  I have been taking them for more than 10 years.  I still have pain in my neck anywhere from 3-5 times a month that can land me in the ER.  When I get the pain I am to take Treximet, I usually end up taking 2 before the pain subsides.  I used to take Imitrex Ingectable but my doctor has me on the Treximet now.  The pain becomes so severe that I am nauseous and I consider it a 12 on a pain scale of 1-10.  I have no aura with this pain.  The migraine meds do help which is why my doctor thinks it's a migraine.  However, I can trigger an attack by having to look to the right for a long period of time (like at a movie sitting in a seat to the left of the screen and looking right) or by walking and looking around a lot (like shopping or going to a theme park).  Although I have full range of motion in my neck - in other words it doesn't hurt just to simply look all around a room....only after I have been looking mostly to the right or continuously looking around and down etc.  Then it will begin to hurt.  I have taken drugs like Oxycodone and Hydracodone but they make me sick to my stomach.  I also have pain on the left side of my face which I have thought to be sinus related but am now convinced it is migraine.  I have no other sinus symptoms with the pain.  So my question is about the pain I experience in my neck, have you ever heard of this and is it really migraine related?  After 21 years I am at my wits end and having to be on muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatorys for all this time is making me concerned for my overall health. 

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  • PJC
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    April 05, 2010
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    PJC
    April 05, 2010

    I have this exact same thing, although it sounds like yours may be more severe. (I'd scale mine at 8-10) I have never found anyone else who's had it, much less described it so well. Mine is also often triggered by looking to one side for long time. I had no idea what it was (too skelaxin for it for years) until I went to a neurologist who did indeed diagnose it as a type of migraine. He prescribed Imitrex which I used with pretty good success for years, now I use Maxalt. The key is to take i before it gets too bad. If I wait too long I can usually still mitigate the pain with the meds, but it lasts for several days. If I catch it at the beginning sometimes I ca actually head it off at the pass. I am actually excited to 'meet' someone else who has experienced this. I thought I was the only one!

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