Although most people immediately think “headache” when they think of a Migraine, there are many times when some of the accompanying symptoms are as severe and debilitating as the headache, if not more so.
One of those symptoms can be neck pain. Until fairly recently, neck pain was often overlooked as a Migraine symptom. In 2010, a study showed that it’s more common in Migraine than nausea. You can find more information about this in _Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom _.
Beyond the obvious pain, when neck pain occurs during a Migraine, it impacts Migraineurs in other ways:
- Its presence on the day preceding Migraine is associated with treatments not working as well.
- Neck pain is predictive of Migraine-related disability, regardless of Migraine frequency and severity.
- Presence of neck pain during a Migraine is associated with delayed treatment of Migraine attacks.
You can read more about this in _Migraine Treatment Delayed by Neck Pain _.
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.