In the past couple of weeks of the pain issues in my neck and arms(herniated discs at C5 and C6 with extrusion, separation of the disc into the nerve bed in my neck. C4 and C7 are bulging also), I have had an increase of headaches. I have gotten these awful headaches for a couple of years but I never thought that they were related to my neck pain issues. I actually had a hard time describing these headaches but I after searching for answers, I think I have a possible name for them. Cervicogenic headaches. Granted I am not trying to do a self diagnosis here but the description of these headaches is almost spot on. It starts at the base of my head and kind of wraps around to the front of my head to my temples. Its almost a muscle spasm type of sharp pain that stops me right in my tracks. With it, it usually follows with a muscle spasm in my neck down my arms and into my shoulder blades. I also almost feel an aura just before it happens.
Has anyone else here experienced a headache like this? How do you deal with it? I read what they would do to help diagnose this and I am so not liking it and debating not even bringing it up to the Dr. because I don't want them to do the test. I would rather deal with the headaches. It sounds like some of the causes is from arthritis or other nerve issues in the neck. Im hoping if I can get my herniated disc issue taken care of that the headaches would go away too.