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    I've had a chronic headache that starts at the back of my head and over the right ear. I've tried a chiro once and it didn't help, but I should probably give it a few more visits. Had a massage and it helped for half the day afterward. I had some tight spots behind the right ear. Sounds like a cervicogenic headache to me. Now I'm wondering if I should go full steam with chiropractic or PT. The latter is covered by insurance. I've been doing home exercises (McKenzie, suboccipital release) but feel like I need some manipulation, to what degree I don't know. Any advice as to which is more effective? Chiros always say most headaches are caused by the neck.
    Last edited by inter; 03-04-2015, 12:53 PM.

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    I've seen a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy covered by my insurance) for craniosacral adjustment. She an did evaluation and then some adjustments on me. She also gave me some exercises to do at home. I think it may be helping because I haven't had a headache since. I've also adjusted one of my thyroid meds during the same period so that may have also had an affect.

    I think I'd see a Chiro or DO before PT. Have you looked into other possible causes?
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    • #3
      See your doctor and ask if you can get referred to a neurologist.

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      • #4
        DC can make a diagnosis based on evaluation. Should you need a referral he/she will make it.

        Quick search yielded this:

        Chiropractic


        Several clinical trials indicate that spinal manipulation therapy may help treat migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine.

        In another study, people with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to receive spinal manipulation, a daily medication (Elavil), or a combination of both. Spinal manipulation worked as well as Elavil in reducing migraines and had fewer side effects. Combining the two therapies didn't work any better.

        In addition, researchers reviewed 9 studies that tested chiropractic for tension or migraine headaches and found that it worked as well as medications in preventing these headaches.

        However, not all of these studies were good quality, and they varied in the techniques used. More research is needed to say for sure whether chiropractic can prevent migraines.

        Massage and Physical Therapy

        Reflexology is a technique that places pressure on specific "reflex points" on the hands and feet that are believed to correspond to areas throughout the body. Some early studies suggest it may relieve pain and allow people with migraines to take less pain medication. However, more research is needed. Practitioners believe reflexology helps you become more aware of your own body signals, which might help you sense the signals that a migraine is about to occur -- before pain starts. They also believe reflexology helps improve general well-being and energy level.

        Source: Migraine headache | University of Maryland Medical Center Migraine headache | University of Maryland Medical Center
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        TLDR: Go see a Chiropractor.
        Last edited by Neckhammer; 03-06-2015, 02:00 PM.

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        • #5
          There's a broad spectrum of causes for headaches, but if your experiencing cluster headaches ill try to help. Cluster headaches occur in a body with toxins, usually from excessive adrenaline, accompanied by low blood fat and low body fat levels. I REPEAT LOW FAT IS HUGE I WILL POST CURE DOWN BELOW. Avoiding caffeine,aspirin,coffee,chocolate,sodas helps also. Eating raw fat is the main cure for this raw fat from animal sources of course. For example raw cheese, raw cream, raw meat fats will help also raw fish seems to help alot also. If worried about eating raw meat you can eat Raw Salmon. I personally prefer raw salmon for headaches but make sure it's fresh and not previously frozen.

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          • #6
            But the trade off is that eating everything raw will make you sound like a pot head.

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            • #7
              Which is better for headaches: Chiropractic or Physical Therapy

              I'm a headache sufferer myself. Have been since I was a teenager. Most of them are caused by the fact that my neck and shoulder muscles naturally tend to be very tight. Your description of the headache that starts at the base of your head sounds like mine. I have always called it a tension headache .... It starts at the base of my head and wraps up over the back of my skull and rests just over my brows. I have spent many years just believing that I had to "live" with a headache, almost every afternoon. A couple years ago, some of these headaches started turning into migraines. So I finally bit the bullet and committed to seeing my chiro regularly. (Not covered by insurance &#128513 In the past, I'd go for a while then quit after a few weeks. This decision has made such a huge difference. My neck is not so chronically inflamed and my headaches are way less. I usually see the chiro once a week. Also, using heat and ice make a world of difference too. And make sure you're hydrated.

              I don't want to poo poo PT...because I'm a firm believer in it as well and have gained much relief with other problems I've faced. You'll just need to find what works best for you. Our necks are so tricky because....what comes first??? The tight muscles or fascia pulling joints out of place and causing inflammation? Or the other way around?


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              • #8
                Ok we'll obviously your cooked meat diet isn't fixing it, like I said you may need raw to reverse it


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tonya Richelle View Post
                  I don't want to poo poo PT...because I'm a firm believer in it as well and have gained much relief with other problems I've faced. You'll just need to find what works best for you. Our necks are so tricky because....what comes first??? The tight muscles or fascia pulling joints out of place and causing inflammation? Or the other way around?


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                  Just wanted to say that I have been doing physical therapy for several months. Because part of my treatment is for a torn rotator cuff my therapist always starts with working on my neck.

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                  • #10
                    Your headaches are from your diet


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by marcadav View Post
                      Just wanted to say that I have been doing physical therapy for several months. Because part of my treatment is for a torn rotator cuff my therapist always starts with working on my neck.
                      Good. Too often this is ignored. Have to address neck, upper t-spine, and the shoulder in these instances. That fact doesn't change....whether it be treatment by PT or DC. Frankly the lines blur when a DC has done extensive post grad work in exercise therapy or a PT has done extensive post grad work in muscle and joint adjusting. All depends on the individual practitioner and what they have focused on in their Continuing Education coursework.

                      I will say that Chiropractors are licensed to diagnose and treat as portal of entry providers in all 50 states. I'm not sure what the regulations on PTs are.
                      Last edited by Neckhammer; 03-10-2015, 03:18 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
                        Good. Too often this is ignored. Have to address neck, upper t-spine, and the shoulder in these instances. That fact doesn't change....whether it be treatment by PT or DC. Frankly the lines blur when a DC has done extensive post grad work in exercise therapy or a PT has done extensive post great work in muscle and joint adjusting. All depends on the individual practitioner and what they have focused on in their Continuing Education coursework.
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                        I have gone to several PTs in the past. This one is a keeper. He made it clear from the start that his goal was to get me as "normal" as I can be and not dismiss things because I have CP.

                        I've never been to a DC but my PT said he would refer me if things could not be dealt with in PT. So far he has been able to adjust things that get out of whack.

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                        • #13
                          That sounds like a tension headache. I had one just last week. Chiropractic visits can definitely help but they do take a while. My insurance covers most of the cost, if yours does I'd definitely go for that. Maybe one a week first then working down as you feel better.
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                          • #14
                            Well, I found out yesterday that my thyroid panel and B12 were normal. However, I am low in Vitamin D (26 ng/ml). Is this the reason for my troubles? I forgot to mention in the OP I have lightheadedness with my headache. It has been constant for 4 months. It's all on the right side. CT scan was normal.

                            I've been supplementing with magnesium (500mg) the past 3 days and my headache feels better today, however I am still very lightheaded. Going to start the D3... I really hope this is the answer! I've been laying out in the sun the past month... I don't know why I haven't felt any better. Also was supplementing with 250mg calcium (algae) to reach the 1,000 RDA... it also has some d3, k2 and mag in it. I've been eating a lot of sardines too! Does anyone reckon I was deficient in magnesium this whole time? I spent all summer 2014 out in the sun, but I was exercising a lot too before my health crashed in November. As I understand it, if one is low in mag and tries to supplement vit d and calcium, it won't do any good. If calcium contracts and getting vit d from the sun with low mag just puts more calcium in the blood, then is this the recipe for a tension headache from hell?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Wildrose View Post
                              That sounds like a tension headache. I had one just last week. Chiropractic visits can definitely help but they do take a while. My insurance covers most of the cost, if yours does I'd definitely go for that. Maybe one a week first then working down as you feel better.
                              It does seem like a tension headache. Based on my research a lot of people seem to get them in the nape of the neck and over the right ear. Do they usually last for months though and accompanied by lightheadedness/dizziness/vertigo? I found a good chiro and we exchanged emails. He said he will examine me, do some digital x-rays, and then proceed from there. I appreciated that because the guy I saw a few months ago adjusted me after only doing a physical exam.

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