Why do I get migraines and neck pain? An important brain area in migraine is the trigeminocervical complex, a hub for pain nerves of the face and upper neck. Researchers think that this entire complex is activated during a migraine, which would explain why the pain extends into the neck for some patients.
Is migraine related to neck pain? Recent research found that neck pain is usually a symptom of migraine and not a cause. Migraine typically originates in the brain. Cervicogenic headaches may also induce neck pain, but are rooted in the cervical spine or base of the skull.
How do you stop a migraine and neck pain?
Just remember to stop a treatment if it makes your pain worse.
- Apply firm pressure.
- Try heat therapy.
- Use an ice pack.
- Maintain good posture.
- Sleep, but don’t oversleep.
- Find the right pillow.
- Keep a daily journal.
- Visit a physical therapist.
What kind of migraine starts in the neck? A cervicogenic headache starts in the cervical spine—your neck. Sometimes these headaches mimic migraine headache symptoms. Initially, pain may begin intermittently, spread to one side (unilateral) of the patient’s head, and become almost continuous.