I have a lot of degeneration, osteophytes, bulging disc at CC3-4 impinging on nerve root, several foraminal stenosis, central canal stenosis, and facet degeneration. My question is can this obviously bad neck cause pain in the occipital and temporal areas of face and head? I was involved in a stressful driving situation today, and by the time I made it home my pain level was an 11. I took a dose of pain meds, and more again two hrs later. It has eased off some, but if I push at the base of the skull, or to the side of my eyes at the temples, it is a sharp, ice-pick pain. The explainations for occipatal and temporal neuralgia didn't quite cover my symptoms.
I also have another problem........please bear with me, and keep reading! When I'm at my computer, I have to tilt my head back a little bit to see the monitor. I also do this while driving, as I am a fairly short person. After a time of this, when I go to straighten out my head, my neck feels like it is locked into position. I have to force my head down, and then hear a loud popping sound. It is quite audible. Is this bone spurs or discs impinging on one another? It scares me, as I worry about it getting stuck looking up, or breaking something when I force it down.
Any ideas or experiences you have to share would be most welcome. Thanks.