Neck pain in the morning can be due to straining the neck while asleep. During certain stages of sleep, the muscles are contracted. One option would be to use a firm flat mattress and a flat pillow—or preferably no pillow in those cases where morning neck pain is prominent. I would strongly recommend you describe this condition to your primary care physician so that he or she can refer you to the appropriate specialist who can properly evaluate you and review your options. Important: We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer .
The association between neck pain and migraines was a mystery for quite some time. After some research was published, many of us talked with our doctors and found that the neck pain we thought was triggering some of our migraines was actually a symptom of our migraines. A recent study took a look at the prevalence of neck pain in both migraine and tension-type headache .
"We assessed the prevalence of neck pain in the population in relation to headache."
A total of 797 individuals completed an interview and provided self-reported data on neck pain.
Participants with migraine (M), tension-type headache (TTH), or both migraine and TTH (M+TTH) were identified and grouped.
Pericranial tenderness was recorded in 496 participants.
A total tenderness score (TTS) was calculated as the sum of local scores with a maximum score of 48.
The one-year prevalence of neck pain was 68.4% and higher in those with migraine and TTH vs. those w...
Full Question: I have been dealing with rather bizarre and intense headaches for the last 8 years. So that you know what I am dealing with, my headaches include: A slow developing pain over the right side of my head, particularly above and behind the right eye. This pain intensifies. There is a great deal of pressure, as if bricks are weighing down the eye. The eye turns blood shot, the pupil is affected. There is tearing and the lid droops. My face becomes flush and my right sinus often swells. I become very exhausted mentally and physically. I feel as if I am in a mental fog. Although I have no nausea or sensitivity to light or sound, some movement (especially rising) can intensify the pain. On rare occasions I have experience ocular migraines, but they have never preceded a headache. It has only been with in the last 2.5 years that the headaches have become increasingly aggressive to the point that I have sought a headache specialist fo...
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