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Learn how a lumbar disc herniates and
can cause lower back pain
Sciatica is leg pain caused by a
problem in the low back.
See how a disc degenerates and how it can cause pain and other symptoms
I will admit that I had to look up the term cerviogenic headaches, but I definitely have them! I have had headaches since I was a teenager. I had some testing done back then but everything was normal. I basically took a lot of Excedrin over the years. Gradually my headaches turned into what I called tension headaches, with the pain being more in the back of my neck and tightness in my shoulder blade muscles. Not really a headache per se, but I didn't know what else to call it. Very often pain in my head area as well though. I finally went to my PCP because the pain and tightness were so bad. He did x-rays, which showed nothing so he too said tension headaches. He tried fioricet which didn't really help so then he prescribed vicoprofen and flexiril, which helped immensely! I also went to physical therapy, massage, etc. This was about 3 years ago. I admit that I have kind of ignored the symptoms over the years and just continued to suffer and take the medication, under the care of my doctor. Well eventually the medications were not as effective and the pain and tightness continued to get worse. I finally asked to see a Neurologist after a brain MRI came back normal. He ordered a neck MRI which showed herniated discs at levels C5/C6. So after all these years it turns out that there was actually a neck issue causing my pain and headaches! I will be seeing a pain management doctor and starting physical therapy tomorrow so we will see what happens. At this point I basically have a constant headache/neck ache even with pain medication and a muscle relaxer. Laying down with heat on my neck helps as well, but who has time for that?!
Anyway, it seems that the term cerviogenic headache is a little controversial from what I just read online. Have you had any luck since your post? I have just learned to accept headaches as a way of life but I am hoping that others have ways to find relief!