Migraines, Neck Pain, and Its Implications - Migratude Monday

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Do you experience neck pain with your Migraines? Have you wondered if the neck pain is triggering the Migraines, or if the Migraines are causing the neck pain? This is a very common question for people who have both neck pain and Migraines.

In the last few years, some key research has provided us with answers about Migraines and neck pain. Nausea is such a hallmark symptom of Migraine that the International Headache Society lists nausea as one of the defining symptoms of Migraine1, so it came as a surprise to some people when research showed that neck pain as a Migraine symptom is actually more frequently experienced than nausea.2 This validated anecdotal evidence from Migraineurs who reported neck pain as a symptom of their Migraines. For more on this, see _Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom _.

Additional research involving Migraine and neck pain showed that Migraine treatment is associated in a delay in Migraine treatment.3 This research offered two possible reasons why Migraineurs with neck pain may delay their treatment rather than using it early in a Migraine attack:

  1. Migraineurs may not relate their neck pain to their Migraines.
  2. Migraineurs may have become so used to the neck pain that they tend to ignore it until its severity increases or the Migraine attack reaches the headache phase.

You can read more about this in _Migraine Treatment Delayed by Neck Pain _.

, which helps ease the burden of living with these disorders.

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1 The International Headache Society. "The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition (ICHD-II), 1st revision." Cephalalgia 2005; 25.

2 Calhoun, Anne H., MD; Ford, Sutapa, PhD; Millen, Cori, DO; Finkel, Alan G., MD; Truong, Young, PhD; Nie, Yonghong, MS. "The Prevalence of Neck Pain in Migraine." Headache. Published Online: Jan. 20, 2010.

3 Ford, S.; Calhoun, A.H. "Presence of Neck Pain Delays Migraine Treatment." Poster Presentation #PO-22. 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting, American Headache Society. Los Angeles. June, 2010.

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