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The kind of pain you are describing may be due to a disk problem in your upper back.
This can not only cause neck pain but pain in arms and hands as well as swelling in the fingers.
You really need to see a Doctor for an examination and X-rays to try to determine the cause. In the mean time.....
ok, does that explain the throbbing pain I get as well?
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its usually intermittent - starts any time and can last for hours
having an attack now - i get light headed and dizzy very often too
I can also be due to migraines.... do you have a headache along with this?
yesterday I got up to answer the phone, everything went dizzy, very dark and I could hear my sister talking on the phone, but could not answer her - it took several minutes before I was able to move
very dull ache in the base of my skull radiating to the crown
hummmm......could be migraine. Migraines result from a combination of blood vessel enlargement and the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around these blood vessels. During a migraine, an artery enlarges that is located on the outside of the skull just under the skin of the temple (temporal artery). it can , but doesn't always cause a release of chemicals that cause pain, numbness, tingling, dizziness, nausea, and more. So you can have a migraine with or without the headache. Migraines are notorious for causing alterations in vision, such as shakey or wavy lines. A Neurologist is the one who will be able to help pinpoint the cause and determine if it is migraines, as well as come up with a plan to help you. IN the mean time,Try resting in a dark quiet room... if you can take it, ibuprofen according to package directions is much more effective than tylenol.. also I would recommend alternating hot and cold packs to the back of your neck...as well as smelling some eucalyptus/peppermint oil.. together or individually, just for a second. I hope this information helps you, please let me know if I can help you further:-)
and lately I have been seeing moving lights a lot as well - even when I dont have a headache
perhaps your right - i have had migraines in the past, and have been under immense pressure lately - separated from husband and not sleeping good
do you think its worht me seeing a chirpractor?
are we done?