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Old 11-01-2012, 06:12 AM   #1
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Cervicogenic Headache

Well, after a few months of constant headaches and several misdiagnosis my Doc and I think we may have figured out the cause of my headaches/neck pain. Cervicogenic headaches, i have some issues disc degen disease and a couple herniated discs in my lower back, i never dawned on us to check my cervical area as well. Turns out there is possible arthritis and a couple discs that look off, this was done with a xray which i know is a dull tool. I am going to the Cleveland clinic in a couple weeks to see a Spine Doc, but in the meantime we are going o start a trial of a anitepileptic drug called Gabapentin.

So my question to you all, once diagnosed correctly with Cervicogenic headaches, what worked? I have read a ton about botox shots, nerve blocks, surgery, meds etc etc.. Did anything finally fix the problems??

Oh, my symptoms.. Always starts as a dull back of the neck pain usually starting at the base of my skull. As the day progress it turns into a full blown headache from hell, that encompasses my entire skull. Some days are mellow, other days are so bad i just climb into bed and get under the covers. I have this crazy crackling noise that goes on in my neck when i turn my hear, sounds like rice cripys.

During the course of figuring out the problems, i have been on meds like nortryptaline, maxalt, butibital, any nsaids i could get my hands on. Currently taking flexiril (muscle relaxant) which helps me gets some sleep at night. Even xanax for a little while to relax me, but the flexiril works better.

I work in front of a computer at work. This is usually when things are the worse, i have found that if i get up and walk around, the neck pain and head pain ease up greatly. I am also a triathlete and have found that my days are WAY worse after swimming or running, i guess the constant head motion and pounding from running really make things worse.

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Old 11-01-2012, 07:38 AM   #2
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Re: Cervicogenic Headache

You are too young for neck pain. Have you been in a car accident?

Old 11-01-2012, 07:43 AM   #3
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Re: Cervicogenic Headache

No car accident. But, as a hobby i have trained with some fighters. During one sessions, i got my neck torqued pretty good that put me out of commission for a while. But i let that heal naturally. That was a couple years ago and i went back to grappling earlier this year, broke a rib and havent gone back since. (yes, i know 40 is too damn old to be rolling around with 20 year old guys!) After i gave up the fighting i went back to triathlon training.. After a few weeks of swimming and running all this cropped up and hasnt gone away. It has improved once i stopped the training.

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