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Question by  sasimca (14)

What causes neck pain with headache?

Lately, every time I get a headache, I also get pains in my neck. I cannot ignore the pain anymore.


Answer by  NYCCDC (311)

It sounds like you are experiencing tension headaches which are caused by muscular dysfunction in the neck. Aside from using NSAID's or other OTC's try stretching your neck. You can google this to show techniques. Your best bet is to visit a chiropractor or PT to examine you and address the soft tissues that are giving you headaches.


Answer by  SomethingElse (68)

It's important to seek medical attention immediately if you are experiencing significant pain. That said, any number of factors can cause neck pain and headaches; one of the most common causes is a minor disorder called TMJ, which can be corrected with dental work; but it can also be caused by stress or other environmental factors.


Answer by  Purple (948)

You aren't suppose to have headaches often. It could be stress related or you need an adjustment to take away the headaches cause your neck is out of place.


Answer by  notadoctor58 (6)

Muscle tension can cause both neck pain and headaches. If you are under a great deal of stress, this may be the culprit. It is also possible that some kind of swelling in your spinal discs is pressing on a nerve ending, causing pain in these areas.


Answer by  A36 (629)

Both are likely caused by stress and tension, which leads to a seizing up of the neck muscles and in turn causes a headache.


Answer by  drJ (841)

One likely cause of concurrent neck pain and headaches is stress. When your muscles are tensed, it can cause pain that won't always be relieved by medications. You might try some simple relaxation exercises that focus on the neck area, or massage therapy.


Answer by  YK (304)

There could be many causes for the neck pain: a muscle spasm in your neck, a pinched nerve- it is hard to diagnose without more context. If you are in severe chronic pain, I would suggest seeing a doctor or physiotherapist. If the pain happens from sitting in one position for too long, try some stretches to help relax.


Answer by  whoareyou (3483)

Often times, neck, shoulder, and back pain can contribute to headaches, even if you seem to notice the headache first. Consult your doctor, it could be as simple as sleeping wrong or not exercising enough, but it could be more serious. Consider a CAT scan if it persists.

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