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Neck and shoulder pain causing sharp top of head pain?

snowborden1ssnowborden1 Posts: 3
edited 12/23/2015 - 8:21 PM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I have had neck and shoulder pain as long as I can remember and have always gotten tension type headaches on the back of my head. But latley for the last couple of weeks I have been getting sharp quick pains on the very top of my head usually slightly to the left but sometimes slightly to the right. Could neck and shoulder pain cause pain on the top of my head? Thanks!!!

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  • snowborden1ssnowborden1 Posts: 3
    edited 12/24/2015 - 8:25 AM
    So occasionally I wake up with torticollis, about twice a year for about 5 years now. I will usually over a few days work it out with massage, heat, and tylenol. This last time was really bad a couple weeks ago. I haven't been to a dr about this issue but did have an MRI about 4 years ago for dizziness which I still get. Th eMRI was clear. The last couple of weeks my neck and shoulders have been really sore and I have invested in a good neck roll pillow which seems to help. My issue is the new head pain on the top of my head. It is currently on the right top side but it is usually on the left side. I've never had headaches in this area. Tylenol is not doing anything for this pain either. Thanks!!!!
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