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Does Any One Else Have A Really Painful Neck When A Migraine Hits?

Does Any One Else Have A Really Painful Neck When A Migraine Hits?

When I get a migraine my neck hurts really bad. I have found a neck brace really helps with the pain. Does any one else have this problem? Has any one else used a neck brace for this too? What else has any one tried that works?

A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

Hi I was thinking about having a massage for migraines but I haven't tried yet.The results sounds impressive so I'll definitely give it a go. Thanks! Was the massage therapist recommended by your doctor?

I currently using spiky massage balls. I roll them over my neck and shoulders. It helps but it's not a proper massage. A friend of mine mentioned Indian head massages. Have you ever had one? I've heard good feedback so I think I'll try that also.

In the past I tried acupuncture and it felt like a massage and eased the aches and pains in the neck and shoulders.
Yoga works as well as acupuncture for me but like you said it does not always work.
One thing I noticed both through the acupuncture and yoga sessions is that I used to clench my jaws and had tension in my shoulders plus my posture was not great when working on my laptop or reading. Since I've been practising yoga regularly my posture has improved and I make sure I'm not clenching my jaws or muscles unnecessarily. So the neck pain is not as frequent as it used to be unless it's a bad day/bad migraine.

I hope you are having a good day :)

posted over 3 years ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

@A MyMigraineTeam Member. I got up with a migraine again. I am going to try and go to work. lol I will see how that turns out. The brace and ice packs I am wearing in my pic you can get on Amazon for a decent price. It took me a while and a good amount of money to figure out which brace would work well with the neck gel pack. And the brace is really adjustable for the length of your neck so you don't have to worry about getting the wrong size. It's still fairly comfortable to wear. It's the. Aspen Vista TX $59.00. The eye gel pack is. Elasto-Gel Sinus Mask $18.19. The neck gel pack is. Elasto-Gel Cervical Collar CC102B $27.89. The item description and price is from Amazon. I am still trying to find the best one for wearing the gel pack and with out. The next brace I am wanting to try is the. Cyberspine Cervical Orthosis Neck Brace $103.92 + $4.89 shipping. That one you will have to measure and then adjust it. From what I can see in the pics it don't look that hard to do. If you have any questions on neck braces or any thing else just ask. I am happy to share my experiences with the ones I have tried. I am not a doctor or any thing like that. So all I can give you is advice from my experience. I hope you have a good day and no migraine.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

@A MyMigraineTeam Member. My doc just suggested it. He never said go to a certain person. I thought I would give it a try since the person was running a special. $30 for an hour. But I felt so good I gave her a $10 tip. I used to go to a person that done acupuncture and she did it a little different. She had a tens unit and would clip the leads to the needles. It felt great and worked really well. I tried finding her again but in this small town my search went by fast and I didn't find her. I have tried cupping and it worked really well too. But that is kinda expensive. That person is still in town and still open. Idk if you tried cupping before. At the beginning when they only have one or two cups on it hurts. After they put more on it feels a lot better. If you want I can give you the prices and where I got my brace and gel packs if you are interested in trying it. Aside from the eye gel pack you can still get up and do stuff. Hope you have a good one and are pain free for a long time.

posted over 3 years ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

Hi Will. I definitely get a horrible amount of neck pain with migraine - and at times it can be a pointer for me that I'm about to have one. My neck feels extra tender and painful and then BAM .

I've found that if I put a hot pack (hot water bottle normally) at the back of my neck and lie down, and a cold pack (ice pack) on my forhead, this really does help.

I've also found that I carry a lot of tension in my neck, shoulders and upperback. I started doing some yoga exercises - went to a couple of classes only. Now I do them from home before bed and when I'm feeling very tense.

Here is a simple one I do often that really helps with my neck.
I stand up, hands to my sides, palms facing forwards. Breath out completely, gently.
I strech shoulder blades back - as if you want them to meet in the middle.
Then I slowly breathe in as I raise my arms in a big half circle (backwards and upwards) until my hands are fully streched upwards over my head. I keep my head facing forward, not up.
Then I breathe out and bring them back down in the same way, half circles (backwards and downwards) - again I try to get my shoulder blades to meet.
Once my hands are back down to my sides, I gently stretch my head slowly to one side - trying to get my ear to touch my shoulder (towards), then back to the middle, and then to the other side.
Then repeat. I sometimes do a couple of extra head-neck stretches, by bringing my chin towards my armpit then back up and then to the other armpit, or by doing a side-glance and trying to look as far as I can over one shoulder without moving my chest or shoulders and then over the over shoulder. They all seem to help.

This really works for me. I have done it with a full-blown migraine too -and although it doesn't take it away, it helps with the tension pain in my neck, shoulders and back.

I hope this helps you, or anyone else who gets these symptoms. I'd be interested in hearing what you've tried also. :)


posted over 3 years ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

I have neck pain also and the pain in my neck lingers sometimes for days afterwards. I use an ice pack to help relieve the tight feeling and pain.

posted over 1 year ago
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