Cervical spondylosis and migraines?
A year ago I woke up with an extremely painful/stiff neck on one side. The pain was excruciating. I saw our practice physiotherapist who gave me exercises to do and thought it was probably a herniated disc caused by cervical spondylosis. I didn't see a doctor. I do have osteoarthritis in many joints, including my spine. Now I have a creaky neck, although it's no longer stiff and a regular dull headache which radiates from the back of my neck to the top of my head. The muscles around my neck are tender.
I recently had five migraine episodes in two weeks - I don't get a headache anymore, only the aura - which I believe I've pinned down to the way I use my laptop - on my lap - with my head bent forward, looking down. Needless to say, I've stopped doing this! I mentioned the migraines to the GP - one aura lasted over an hour - but hadn't realised at that point what the trigger might be.
I have asked my GP for an x-ray or MRI to ascertain exactly what is going on with my cervical spine, but he is reluctant - I don't believe he thinks it is necessary. However, as I said, I haven't discussed the possible link with migraines. Considering the migraines, do you think I should push for some sort of scan? And should I see the physiotherapist again and get exercises to improve my posture and neck muscles? I can self-refer at my surgery, which is excellent.
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