• Christina Christina
    June 07, 2011
    What causes morning headaches?
    Christina Christina
    June 07, 2011

    I wake up with a headache every morning. Often they'll go away in 15 minutes or so, but sometimes it turns into a real migraine. Sometimes I also have pain in my neck which is caused by sleeping on my stomach, and I have a compressed disc in my neck. Do you think that could be causing the headaches? I have fibromyalgia too, so I spend a lot of my time thinking about and managing my pain. I'd really like to know if there are steps I can take, or if there's a certain type of doctor who might help me manage this morning pain. It would really help my anxiety levels, anyway! Thanks for any help.



  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    June 08, 2011
    Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    June 08, 2011

    Hi Christina,


    Often times when we wake with a headache it could mean we have problems getting a full night of sleep -restorative sleep is very important - a regular sleep schedule. This means going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time each day may help restore your sleep. Having a sleep study may be helpful too. Video: Migraines and Sleep.

    Neck pain is often a common symptom of a Migraine attack that most people aren't aware of. Continue reading this article for more information:

    Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom.


    Now, the disc issues won't cause a Migraine, but they could trigger one, I know for me they have. Have you done any PT or massage?  Anyone who has three or more Migraines a month needs to be talking with their doctor about prevention. There's growing evidence that Migraine is a progressive brain disease. A recent study showed that Migraines can cause brain damage, and that people with three or more Migraines a month are more susceptible to this damage. For more information, see Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease? and Yes, Migraines Can Cause Brain Damage


    For more on fibromyalgia, check out

    Fibromyalgia – An Overview


    I hope this helps,



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