I was in a car accident about 10 years ago. No major damage and I was treated with chiropractic and massage for the six following weeks. About a year later I started getting headaches at the base of my head. I thought they were related to my depression. They weren't consistent but more episodic and intermittent in nature. I finally figured out if I took 10mg of Valium and 2 extra strength exedrin, they would go away. I've been using that formula for the past 10 years and it's worked great. But my regular psychiatrist recently retired and almost no one in my small town is prescribing controlled substances anymore so I've lost my treatment for these intermittent headaches. My chiropractor here thinks they are caused by chronic whiplash from that old car accident. Most of the time I get them, I don't know what set it off. But sometimes I will get them if I become anxious and my upper body starts to tighten up (shoulders, chest, neck). I feel the pain in my occipital muscles. They're like hard little eggs. If it goes on long enough I start to feel tightness in my jaw and eventually in my temples. But at that point it's really bad. I try to never let it get that far. It really feels like a muscle tension issue, whether it's caused by anxiety or whiplash or something else. But I'm not sure. Does this sound familiar to anyone? I'm now looking for new treatments since I'm unable to get the Valium anymore but I'm not sure where to start. Neurologist? I've had an MRI done of my neck and nothing was wrong but my cervical spine is straight instead of curved. Because these aren't something I deal with on a daily basis, I'm looking for something I can take/do as needed. I don't want to add another med to my already long list that I have to take every day. And massage would be great but I've found it doesn't work preventatively and getting a massage right at the moment I get one isn't practical especially when they come on at night. Can someone point me in the right direction?