Full Question: I am a 56-year-old female and have had migraines since I was about 35. They are preceded by a muscle knot in my neck, mostly near the base of my ear (left or right leading to a headache on the same side). Sometimes applying pressure for 40 to 60 seconds will relieve the muscle knot and prevent the migraine. Usually has to be repeated several times a day. What causes the muscle knots? If I can find the source, could I prevent or end my migraines? Answer: Dear Sufferer; The painful muscle "knot" may be muscle spasm or a trigger point due to excessive activity in nerve roots in the neck (cervical spine), or, they most likely are a part of the buildup to a Migraine. Acupressure may prevent the Migraine, as you describe. We sometimes use trigger point injections with local anesthetics and other medications to relieve a chronic source of irritation. Some suppressive medications can reduce the firing in nerve trunks and also help the Migraine p...
Alternative Names Diffuse esophageal spasm; Spasm of the esophagus Symptoms Difficulty swallowing or pain with swallowing Pain in the chest or upper abdomen It can be hard to tell a spasm from angina pectoris, a symptom of heart disease. The pain may spread to the neck, jaw, arms, or back Signs and tests Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) Esophageal manometry Esophagogram (barium swallow x-ray)
Spondylolisthesis (spaun-di-lo-lie-thee-sis) is a mouthful and is a common cause of low back pain (although it can exist anywhere in the spine, the lumbar spine is the most common area affected). The spinal column is a series of building blocks called vertebral bodies stacked on top of one another. Sometimes these blocks do not line up perfectly. This slight separation in the spinal column is called a spondylolisthesis .
"Doc says I have a spondy-something-or-other. Don't ask me what it is; all I know is that it hurts". Steve tries to explain his low back condition to his friend. But, he finds that he cannot explain what he does not understand. Steve has had back pain for a number of years. Every year the pain gets worse and has now become constant. His doctor sent him for x-rays recently. The x-rays showed a spondylolisthesis with disc degeneration at L5/S1. Steve could not understand his doctor's explanation of the condition. So, now he has pain and has confusion.
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