Episode Starting with Sore, Stiff Neck - Migraine?

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Full Question:

I'm not sure if I have migraines but when I move around it sounds or feels like a steel post is being hammered in my head. It started with a sore stiff neck. Jennie.

Full Answer:

Dear Jennie:

Although nobody can diagnose via the Internet and tell you if you're experiencing migraines, we can give you some information to discuss with your doctor. The pain of a migraine attack is usually worsened by activity. Check out Anatomy of a Migraine for more information about the possible phases of a migraine attack and their potential symptoms.

Neck pain can be a migraine symptom, but it can also be a symptom of a physical issue with the neck. Physical issues with the neck can cause cervicogenic headaches, which can then trigger migraines. See Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom and Cervicogenic Headache – The Basics for more information on these issues.

Please see your doctor about these problems, Jennie. Unexplained head pain should always be investigated and diagnosed, but that can only be done by a physician who can examine you in person, discuss your symptoms with you, and review your and your family's medical history.

Thanks for your question,
David Watson, MD, and Teri Robert

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