Migraines, scalp above left ear has become very sensitive to hair brushing...?

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I have migraines but recently they have improved. My concern is that about two months ago my scalp above my left ear has become very sensitive to hair brushing...wind blowing on it but I can lay on that side. It didn't seem to have anything to do with the headaches....it just began hurting! I have a problem turning my neck on that side and wondered if that could be aggravating all those nerves on that same side. If you could help me understand what nerves could be causing the pain.....or.....just what could be causing it it would be so appreciated. I am a worried and need to have my mind put to rest. Thank you so much. Florence.

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Dear Florence;

What you describe is allodynia (when non-painful stimuli cause discomfort or pain). In one migraine study, 79% of Migraineurs had this. Also it can occur by itself before, during or in between Migraines. That would be my best guess, and it can be associated with neck symptoms usually from problems with the cervical spine.

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John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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