Tag Archives: headache

Overcoming Neck Pain with Exercises

Overcoming Chronic Neck Pain: Postural Causes and A Unique Exercise Fix | Home – http://fixtheneck.com

I’ve learned that some of my pain of musculoskeletal origin can be ameliorated by strengthening weaker muscles and aligning my spine better.

For years, I had a severe problem with recurring cervicogenic headaches, which were probably caused by a pinch somewhere in my hypermobile cervical spine. But after doing Isometric exercises with my neck my vertebrae realign properly and I don’t get the headaches anymore.

This author, Rochelle Cocco has created a whole website describing exactly what she learned and did to surmount her own crippling neck pain. Continue reading

New Type of Chronic Daily Headache

New Type of Chronic Daily Headache Described in Case Series – MPR – Diana Ernst, RPh – September 26, 2017

A case series published in the Journal of Women’s Health describes a new subtype of chronic daily headache that appears to be associated with elevated cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure.

The eight women included in this review

  • were older (average age of onset: 57 years),
  • were mostly overweight or obese (6 out of 8), had a
  • history of episodic migraine (migraines were well-controlled or had ceased prior to new headache onset), and
  • were either perimenopausal or in menopause.   Continue reading

Cerebral Spinal Fluid Leaks & EDS

Through the Looking Glass: Cerebral Spinal Fluid Leaks & Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – an Alternate Reality to ME/CFS? – Health Rising by Caroline Christian | Dec 1, 2017

I saw Dr. Ian Carroll, an expert in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leaks from Stanford University, for the first time recently. He spent 1.5 hours with me and was very thorough, asking me a series of detailed questions he uses to assess patients for possible CSF leaks (see below).

I have ME/CFS and hypermobile Ehler-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) and was referred to him by my autonomic specialist at Stanford because my orthostatic intolerance (OI) picture is a bit muddy and because hEDS, a connective tissue disease, is a risk factor and can cause aneurysms and spontaneous leaks from the dural sac (the tough outermost membrane of the spinal cord and brain).   Continue reading

Cervicogenic Headache & Cervical Instability

Cervicogenic Headache – Physiopedia

Due to our overly-stretchable tendons and ligaments, we with EDS often get these headaches that arise from misalignments of our upper cervical spine.

Cervicogenic headache is a chronic headache that arises from the atlanto-occipital and upper cervical joints and perceived in one or more regions of the head and/or face

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CerebroSpinal Fluid Flow and Pain Management

Editor’s Memo: Spinal Fluid Flow and Pain Managementpracticalpainmanagement.com – Editor’s Memo June 2017 By Forest Tennant, MD, DrPH

Spinal fluid flow (SFF) [also called cerebrospinal fluid, CSF] has been a silent subject in pain management.

This has to change.

For a while, pain practitioners have unknowingly been utilizing a variety of measures that likely enhance SFF.

Progressive research that involves SFF has shown how it occurs, how it may promote pain, and how it may impede treatment efforts.   Continue reading

DIY Help for Cervicogenic Headaches

Both I and my mother with EDS have found that our occasional episodes of severe headaches are related to instability problems in our cervical spines. (See What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?)

Misalignment of the cervical vertebrae can cause pain from the neck up the back of the head and even into the forehead. So it makes sense that:

“muscle strengthening of the deep neck flexors may ameliorate forward head posture, cervicogenic headache, and tension-type headaches.”
(from Cervical Muscle Dysfunction and Head/Neck/Face Pain)

This set of isometric neck exercises can be done sitting in a chair and are much milder than the previous ones I posted (Exercises to Prevent Cervicogenic Headaches). I had my first success with this set of exercises, and they relieved my mother’s headaches too.
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Exercises to Prevent Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic Headache Exercises – Treat That Killer Headache With These Exercises | The Prehab Guys

My mother and I have both found that neck-strengthening exercises reduce the frequency of our headaches, so I highly recommend these methods.

Anatomy and Physiology of a Cervicogenic Headache

What distinguishes a cervicogenic headache from your more classic headaches like migraines or tension type headaches are that cervicogenic headaches are actually caused from dysfunction in your neck.
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Neck Pain and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Neck Pain and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome | Pain Neck Blog – PainNeck.Com by LMatthews – December 12, 2011

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome may be the cause of neck pain in some patients and at least three of the most common types of the disorder can contribute to chronic pain in the neck.

ligaments, blood vessels, joints, internal organs, skin, and the inter-cellular matrix are affected by the defect leading to a variety of symptoms.

it is well understood that individual experiences of the disease are extremely variable.   Continue reading

Headaches common with EDS

I’ve noticed an interest in headaches on this blog, so I’ve collected a sample of posts covering different types of headaches to which people with EDS are susceptible.

The looseness in the joints of our neck can cause problems:

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Headache from Occipital Neuralgia

Occipital Neuralgia Information Page | National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Occipital neuralgia is a distinct type of headache characterized by piercing, throbbing, or electric-shock-like chronic pain in the upper neck, back of the head, and behind the ears, usually on one side of the head.  

  • Typically, the pain of occipital neuralgia begins in the neck and then spreads upwards.
  •  Some individuals will also experience pain in the scalp, forehead, and behind the eyes.  
  • Their scalp may also be tender to the touch, and their eyes especially sensitive to light.     Continue reading