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Back, Neck & Headache in right side.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 16, 2007
  • 06:59 PM

I have been suffering on and off for the past three weeks or so, with a pain in my upper back, between my shoulder blades, more on the right-hand side, and just below in the middle. It is worse in the morning when I wake up, and even though it's there all the time, it gradually eases throughout the day. I have also noticed the right side of my neck feels stiff, and when I get a headache, (which is quite frequently), it tends to be over my right eye, and quite severe. Any thoughts as to what may be the cause?

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  • If all your symptoms seem to be related to you, it might be that your spine is out of alinement causing pressure on nerves or the muscles in your back and neck to tense up, which in turn can cause headaches. If the headaches do not seem to be related it could possibly be cluster headaches. I have suffered from cluster headaches for many years. Symptoms include severe, almost disabling pain on one side of the head, usually also involving the eye on same side as the pain. You may notice the eye may become "blood shot", tearing and or droopy eyelid. Your nose may also "run" or become stuffed up during the attack. The pain is always in the same area during every attack and is so severe you may become aggitated and pace the floor. The attacks usually occur during sleep hours (for me around 1 am and 2 am) and wakes you from sleep. The pain is intense and can be a burining sensation with periodic throbbing or stabbing pain. The headache is "set in" within 5 to 10 minutes of onset and lasts from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. It is quite possible to have two or more attacks in a 24 hour period. The cycle of attacks can last from a week up to several months, then you can be attack free for months or even years (episodic); if the cycles are more frequent or last for longer periods it might be chronic. The good news is that if it is cluster headaches, it is not caused by tumor or abnormalities in the brain, the bad news: there is no cure. Check with your doctor.
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  • Thank you, I notice you replied in the early hours of the morning, I hope you weren't up with one of your headaches at the time. Your comments regarding cluster headaches were interesting, as many of the symptoms do see to be the same, bloodshot eye, blocked nose, and severe pain within very few minutes. They tend to last for 3 or 4 hours though, if I'm lucky. The back pain has worsened, but my neck is not so stiff. Think your suggestion of a visit to the Dr may be a good one.
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