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Experiencing headaches? Want to learn what you can do about them? Let’s take a moment to discuss the type of headache that is typically glossed over in shorter reviews. A cervicogenic headache represents a fascinating type of headache that is completely different than all other headaches you may experience.

What sets a cervicogenic headache aside from the caffeine headache, barometric pressure headaches or scintillating scotoma? What should you do if you begin experiencing one and what are the treatments and recovery like? Let’s take a moment to answer these questions and more as we get to the bottom of a one of these headaches.

What Is A Cervicogenic Headache?

According to the American Migraine Foundation(1) as well as the National Institute of Health, a cervicogenic headache is a chronic, hemicranial pain syndrome. Simply put, the pain that we feel in our head is not actually coming from our head. Unlike every other kind of headache out there, this headache originates in another part of the body before making its way to the head where we experience. Typically, this headache is a secondary headache that is caused by another physical issue or illness.

Headache Locations

Based on the diagram below provided by Health Hype(2) on the different regions of the skull where headaches can occur, the headache is most likely to occur occipital and potentially parietal parts of the skull. This headache is diagnosed when the patient puts the origin point of a headache at the base of the neck, and imaging evidence is shown of a lesion in the soft tissue at the base of the neck.

Above, we briefly discussed how the headache can occur when there is a lesion in the soft tissue around the neck. While this is not the only case in which this can occur, it is the most common. The lesion will have to be removed in order for a cessation of the headaches to occur. Typically, results are seen within 3 months of the operation. These particular headaches can also occur if there is a neck disorder. Whether or not the cause can be treated directly will depend heavily on the kind of disorder causing the headache. Finally, these painful headaches can occur in a small number of occurrences where the neck is injured. They will typically go away on their own as the neck repairs itself. No matter the cause, you should seek consultation form your doctor.

Treatments

As briefly mentioned above, the primary cervicogenic headache treatment options is an operation to remove the lesion causing the headaches in the first place. Prior to and in the 3 months following the operation, you may need to find ways to dull the pain. This can be done through prescription pain medication provided through your doctor, through over the counter pain relief found in any drug store, or through natural remedies.

Pain Medication for Cervicogenic Headache

This article that you just read has all to do with the cervicogenic headaches, but there are many people out there that suffer from daily headaches. So the real question for this topic is what to do when you have a daily headache? Knowing some of the treatments for this problem can be a huge help for those suffering from daily headaches. We hope that  you are not one of those people but if you are the article link above can help you with those types of problems.

Article Resources:

(1) http://www.americanmigrainefoundation.org/cervicogenic-headache/
(2) http://www.healthhype.com/headache-location-of-pain-top-back-sides-front-of-head.html