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Headache on my right side of the neck


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The last week or so I have had a headache on the right side of the neck, it pulsates and moves up my head. It's mild but its annoying. It's almost like the headches you get when you are stressed or get hungry. It occurs internmittenly or when I do some coughing, or some extrenuous activy. I think it started when I woke up with a sore neck due to possibly sleeping wrong. I also though it might have been due to CLA Tonalin  & L-Carnitine that I was taking.  Anyways, does anyone know what's good for it beside Ibuprofen?

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I get that too... sometimes its both sides, sometimes one, sometimes runs up through neck, sometimes in temple only.

I don't even take anything for it, it goes away soon enough. If it gangs up both sides of my neck at a time then I'll take ibuprofen or excedrin migraine if the Ibu doesn't cut it (those are rare though)

Don't know what it is or what causes it. Have had it several years.

Could easily be skeletal in origin.... check your posture, especially things like your driving position.  And if it happens when you cough or lift heavy things it could be a muscle spasm.... Heat & massage might help if that's the case.

Could it be because I have been running and I run in particular way?
Original Post by gi-jane:

Could easily be skeletal in origin.... check your posture, especially things like your driving position.  And if it happens when you cough or lift heavy things it could be a muscle spasm.... Heat & massage might help if that's the case.

 

If you tense up when you run... clenching your teeth, tensing your shoulders or putting some other strain on your neck/upper back area then you can set up a spasm quite easily.

When I get a headache, I like to put a cold washcloth on the spot and also at the back of my neck...usually alleviate it.

I sleep curled up on my l side and frequently get a pain in my neck.  I used to get it occassionally when I ran too.  It landed up I had a Chiari malformation and had to stop running because of the impact to my neck.

I bought a special pillow and now put this awesome stuff on it when it hurts called Freeze It.  It is a roll on pain gel that instead of getting hot, it gets cold and no smell and it rolls on, so no junk on ur hands!!  It is wonderful!

I have one right now!  I hate these things. I think it is a tension headache but mine turn into migraines.  I like to take ibuprophan then I would drink tea or coffee with caffeine.  I get them for three days, so what I do is take one ibuprophen every hour or so with the caffeine.  It keeps the pain down. 

 

I think its due to running. I felt the tension on my neck today as I was running. I tried to do some movement to keep it from hurting. I do think its tension. It's not constant but it bothers me when I get the sharp pain/pounding.

A headache that lasts more than a few days or that recurs on a regular basis should be checked by your doctor to rule out any cardiovascular problems/defects.  A headache is your body's way of alerting you to a problem.  Maybe it's diet related.  Also make sure you are drinking enough water for your weight and the climate you exercise in.

One thing you should do when you are running, is make sure you are keeping your shoulders and neck relaxed.  If you are tensing them up while you are running, they will ache. 

Something you can do to relieve stiffness of the neck and shoulders is foam rolling.  It really helps (and I should do it much more often).   It's like getting a massage at home, cheap.  Of course you have to do a lot of the work yourself... 

I'd like to to report to everyone that my headaches are virtually gone.  I believe certain things helped: my body has adjusted to running but I am also taking GH (growth hormone) before I go to bed and I drink a lot more water.  Thanks everyone for all your suggestions. I can now run 7 miles with no problems.  My knee still hurts but I don't think its going to get that much better because I have crooked legs. :) I put a bandage and take MSM for my joints. It hurts less but I want it to not hurt at all.

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