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Severe Headaches And Neck Pain

edited 03/27/2015 - 7:46 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
So i figured i give this a try, maybe to find an answer. i have been suffering from headaches for a while now but for the past year my neck hurts all the time and i cant even sleep due to the pain. Along with neck pain my head hurts so bad. I touch and press on the back of my neck and it cracks and pops real loud and it hurts so bad as i release my hand. i dont know what to do anymore, i was diagnosed with Radiculopathy and a herniated disk but this hurts beyond words can describe. Sometimes i fee as I have a brain tumor or something and i get scared that by pushing on my neck base i will hurt my brain.someone please help me, i have no insurance so i cannot got o therapy or get the proper care and meds are out of the question since no insurance.

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  • donna527ddonna527 Posts: 4
    edited 03/29/2015 - 8:41 PM
    I get neck pain where I cannot turn my neck side to side or up and down. I also cannot put my head back against the couch or put any pressure on the back of the head or it throbs and is painful.

    I just had an occipital nerve block done a few days ago. Today my neck and head are 99% pain free. Read up on occipital nerve blocks to see if this is something that might help you. This is the third time I have had it done. It only lasts about 3 months or so after the blocks are done before the symptoms come back and I need to get it redone.
  • I have had those headaches since my neck started hurting. It was only in the last few months did I find out what they were. I have a couple different kinds
    External pressure headaches- I get them from leaning my head against something, wearing headbands, hats or anything pressing against my head. I only wear things on my head when necessary such as at work I am required to wear a hairnet and bump cap. I can still feel the pressure long after I take them off. They are mostly a throbbing headache.

    "ice pick headaches"- I don't get these as often but they hurt like heck when I do get them. THey are sharp like someone stabbing me in the head. It starts at the top of my head and goes all the way down to my shoulder. I literally stop what I am doing and wait for it to end. The doctor seems to not be terribly concerned by these.

    Cervicogenic headaches with migraine characteristics, no aura- I had one last fall that lasted a month. Day in and day out. Everything tended to make them worse. I would sit and cry while holding my head and praying for relief. I called the neurosurgeon and he prescribed gabapentin and cyclobenzaprine to help ward them off. I also started physical therapy because of the lasting pain in my neck. The PT and I were able to narrow it down to the suboccipital nerves. He tried dry needling for it but it didn't help all that much. I was taking oxycontin like candy because of the pain. And Tylenol. They also prescribed a oral steroid treatment. It worked for the duration of taking it but not much else. The headaches finally subsided. I was referred to a neurologist to help fight the headaches. She prescribed nortryptaline to help. I am at a 40 mg a day dose. Lots of crazy side effects with all of this its better than the excrutiating pain. I was formally diagnosed with the cervicogenic headaches due to the degradation of the cervical nerves. I also have a rescue med that I take when everything else doesn't work. Knocks me out completely within 15 minutes.

    I really hope you find something that will help you. I don't wish this on anyone.
    Tracie C
  • This is my first post. I'm afraid I'm getting to the end of my rope. In 2009 I herniated 4 cervical disks in a car accident, and ever since that day have had a headache from about 3-4 to virtually unbearable. Soon after the accident, I developed cervical Dystonia--daily excruciating muscle spasms in my neck/shoulder. Insurance finally approved Botox injections, but after 3 rounds, three months apart, I developed a severe allergy. So Botox is now out. I've been on daily pain medication for the headaches , and have been receiving trigger point injections of Serapin, which helps along with muscle relaxants for a few weeks. My doctor is now talking about Radio Frequency Ablation (after a successful epidural). I have lived with this daily headache so long that I am having suicidal thoughts. Just cannot bear it any longer. Has anyone else had good results with RFA for chronic headaches with herniated cervical disks or cervical Dystonia? Has anyone else had a Botox allergy, and discovered another form of relief from Dystonia-related muscle spasms? Thank you.
  • QuiltinouslyQQuiltinously Posts: 152
    edited 04/12/2015 - 8:37 PM
    I used to get cervicogenic headaches, but don't any more. I still have chronic pain in my neck, right shoulder and arm after two failed C 5-6 fusions. My bad headaches stopped when I went on a vegan diet. My naturopath told me that animal products can cause inflammation which can equal more pain. So I decided to try a vegan diet 100%, and after 3 years, I rarely get a headache. My other pain didn't change, but I lost weight and feel well.

    My point is to tell you there are options. What works for me, may not work for you, but something will. Don't give up hope! Life is worth the effort!
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