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Back of neck pain that causes headache and pain down my spine

Started by torrieruth on 08/21/2011 8:43pm

Hi all,
I am 25 years old and have terrible pain in the back of my neck and down my spine. The pain also causes headache from behind my ears back, behind my eyes, and on my left or right temple. I was in an auto accident in Feb 2008 and hit my head on the dash of the car, no test were done at the hospital to check anything... I was told in February of this year that I was suffering from migraines, but my CT scans were normal. I went to see a neurologist in April of 2011 and he told me my CT was normal ,and I most likely was suffering from migraines, and he prescribed Maxalt and another drug that starts with a T...I took them for a short time, but discontinued them, since my chiropractor said i WAS not suffering from migraine headaches...she said that the base of my skull and spine were tight.... so she worked with it..for a few visits..but that didn't seem to help... I also experience dizziness, sweating, chills, fatigue when doing light things...trouble sleeping..even though I am tired... and a constant feeling of pressure around my head, pain behind my eyes, and neck pain that radiates down my spine... any ideas? thanx

PS I am taking a blood pressure pill (not for high blood pressure) but my Family doc said this would help with the headaches and keep my heartrate in check, since my heart rate would be 95 - 110 just walking a few feet....but doesnt seem to be helping...thnx for the help

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This sounds very much like the pain my husband experiences. He has had the same sort of inconclusive diagnosis from various medical doctors and also chiropractors and physios. He recently went to a GP who 'specialises' in conditions of the spine and has been preliminarly diagnosed with ruptured discs in his cervical spine area, however a MRI is required for a formal diagnosis (which he hasn't had yet). Maybe your car accident caused damage to your cervical spine (my husbands injury was multiple falls from horses during a career in the Racing industry). This latest doctor has said there isn't really a cure for ruptured discs just treatment for the pain, however there are injections and strong pain killers (anti inflammatories) that can be used. Surgery is rarely done unless the problem is very severe. I hope this helps.


I understand what you are going through. My neck pain and headaches were misdiagnosed at migraind disorder. I had CT scans, an MRI and an MRA. These tests all showed a normal brain. I was treated by a neruologist for over two years. During this time I repeatedly asked about weather neck problems could be causing my headaches and migraines and was repeatdly told "No". The neurologist had me on several types of medications one of which was blood pressure medications.
In my experience blood pressure medications will not help headaches and migraines caused by disc problems in your neck. I was on these medications for over 2 years with no decrease in pain. Most of these medications just made me feel sick. GET YOURSELF AN MRI OF YPUR NECK.
I finally left that doctor and found another that got me the MRI I needed on my neck. I have herniated and bulging discs from C2-3 to C7-T1. I have pain on both sides of my neck, my upper back, arms, hands, head, face and frequent migraines. These cervicogenic headaches are accompanied with numbness in my arms and hands, dizziness, lightheadedness, hot flashes, fatigue, trouble sleeping, and when the pain is really bad an inability to verbalize/communicate.
The best way to deal with sleep is to get yourself a neck brace to wear at night and take Melatonin at bedtime. Melatonin is a natural sleep aid. I take 1 to 3 mg tablet(s). You need to experiment with the dose to find what works for you. As for the pain I have not had much success.
I have tried OTC's, opieds, and muscle relaxants with no success. The only thing that has reduced my pain is a reduction in activity. The less I do, The less I hurt.


Hi, I'm pretty young and I don't wanna post my exact age...so... Umm I have pretty much the exact same symptoms as you. I haven't been in a car accident or been taking medications or whatever but last year I had a mild concussion but I'm not sure if that has any thing to do with it. I had an MRI but it came back normal, they said it wasn't that bad but I should stay home from school for a while. Anyways for what seems like forever I've been feeling shooting pain in my neck and my lower back, also every time I have a headache my parents tell me to put and ice pack at the back of my neck but it doesn't do anything and I'm always telling them that I don't feel the headache at the back of my neck and it's behind my eyes and it really hurts. This is completely unrelated but I also have memory loss, it hasn't been diagnosed but I can't seem to remember things that I used to and I can say something and a second later I will have no idea what I was even talking about. I'm just saying this because I was hoping someone could tell me what it was and how to fix it. Thanks.


Thank you for sharing your story--we are sorry to hear about all the neck pain you have experienced over the years.

We know this thread is a few years old, but we want to share some information that may relate to your pain. When we read your post, an article about cervicogenic headaches came to mind ( Neck Pain and Headaches ). This article contains good information about treating this specific type of headache--and it might spark some good conversations with your doctor. We hope you find relief from your headaches and neck pain soon!


My symptoms are much like those you describe. Dry needling has helped somewhat. I have it done twice a week.