Can Arthritis Of The Neck Cause Severe Tension Headaches

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Asked by Theresa

Can Arthritis Of The Neck Cause Severe Tension Headaches

I have suffered from neck pain since I was a teenager. I was in a bad car accident, and the doctor who took my mri recently told me I had arthritis in my neck and spinal stenosis along with degenerative disc disease. Also, my x-rays look weird; instead of a curved neck it is straight. I don't think it's supposed to look like that, and now i suffer from headaches daily. I also have seizures where I pass out. I take topamax, neurontin, and over the counter pain relievers but it doesn't do any good. I need help; what should I do about my headaches?

Answer

Theresa,

Nobody can diagnose you via the Internet, but from your description, I'd suggest you talk with your doctor about the possibility of your headaches being cervicogenic headaches. Cervicogenic headaches are a secondary headache disorder, meaning that they're caused by another condition. In the case of cervicogenic headache, the other disorder is one of the neck. You can find more information about them in Cervicogenic Headache - The Basics.

If your doctor isn't able to help, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

Hope this helps!

Teri