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Old 12-20-2010, 09:00 AM   #1
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could a chiropractor cause my headaches

Hi,
I went to see my doctor a few weeks ago as I was experiencing a headache in my right temple only with right eye pain too. If I bent over I also experienced a stabbing pain in the top of my head, on the right side. I had been going to see a chiropractor and he did some neck manipulations which left me feeling really sore and I wondered if he had hurt a nerve or something. Anyway my GP was not sympathetic, did a neurological exam which was fine and said to take painkillers. I stopped the chiropractor and after a few days my headaches went. I had a good 10 days without them but now they are back, as before and I am worried. They are not ultra painful and from what I have read aren't systematic of cluster headaches or migraine. I have no light sensitivity and an eye exam was ok too. If I press in my temple it does feel really tender. Does anyone know what this could be, I originally thought sinuses but this was ruled out by the GP. I am freaking out about brain tumour etc. now...
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:06 AM   #2
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Re: could a chiropractor cause my headaches

You may be experiencing the pain of occipital neurgia (or occipital neuritis.) The occipital nerves (one on each side of the head) are branches of the C2 nerve bundle which exits from the spine near the top of the neck in the vicinity of C2 (the second cervical vertebra.) The greater (main) occipital nerve branch starts near the base of the skull and travels up the back of the scalp to the top of the head, ending at aorund the top of the forehead. The distribution of both left and right greater occipital nerve branches resembles the horns of a ram. Just below the level of the ear, the lesser occipital nerve branches off of the greater branch, and extends over the ear to near the temple. Although the occipital nerve does not directly innervate the regions around the eye, referred occipital nerve pain is not uncommon, perhaps due to cross-innervation between C2 and C1 (another cervical nerve bundle.)

C1 and C2 (along with the other cervical nerves) can be compressed, damaged, or temporarily traumatized during chiropractic manipulations, particularly if a structural defect/anomaly is present or if the area has been previously injured, such as in cases of whiplash or other hyperextension (or hyperflexion) of the neck. A pain managment specialist might be a helpful resource for you to obtain a second opinion.

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Hi,
I went to see my doctor a few weeks ago as I was experiencing a headache in my right temple only with right eye pain too. If I bent over I also experienced a stabbing pain in the top of my head, on the right side. I had been going to see a chiropractor and he did some neck manipulations which left me feeling really sore and I wondered if he had hurt a nerve or something. Anyway my GP was not sympathetic, did a neurological exam which was fine and said to take painkillers. I stopped the chiropractor and after a few days my headaches went. I had a good 10 days without them but now they are back, as before and I am worried. They are not ultra painful and from what I have read aren't systematic of cluster headaches or migraine. I have no light sensitivity and an eye exam was ok too. If I press in my temple it does feel really tender. Does anyone know what this could be, I originally thought sinuses but this was ruled out by the GP. I am freaking out about brain tumour etc. now...
Thank ypu

 
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