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Severe pain in lower back part of my neck that radiates upward all over my head

Butterflyte33BButterflyte33 Posts: 1
edited 05/13/2015 - 3:41 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Help. I'm in so much pain. I'm a forty year old generally healthy male. About two months ago out of nowhere I began having this severe sharp throbbing pain in the lower part of the back of my neck that radiates upward and l over my head. It gets so bad it makes me want to vomit. I'm a grown man who served active duty in the military and the pain is so bad at times that I literally want to cry. Please someone shed some light on what could potentially be causing this excruciating pain. Thank you.

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  • I had similar headaches and I was diagnosed with a herniated disc at C4/5 and I also had a torn ligament. I also used to get sharp stabbing pains in my eye with the headache. I would get your neck checked out. That sounds like a cervicogenic headache.
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