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I have a throbbing headache on the ride side only. Starts at

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I have a throbbing headache on the ride side only. Starts at bottom of neck and moves to side of my right head
JA: Is the headache episodic or daily? And what about nausea?
Customer: 3 days following a sinus infections. Pain is 8 out of 10 with stiff neck. Ibuprofen and Tylenol sometimes take the edge off but no completely gone. Hurts to move neck up and down to right
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Had a headache x 1 month prior to sinus infections. Went up north and sinus infection was bad. Also have a cough
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 month ago.

This looks like what we term as cervicogenic headache. This headache is caused by referred pain from the upper neck (cervical) joints. The headache is caused by neck movement or sustained awkward head positioning. So people who work long hours on computers are liable to have this kind of headache. Migraine and tension-type headache can be the other possibility.

Physical therapy is the preferred initial treatment for cervicogenic headache.

Please read the resources;

http://www.jaoa.org/cgi/content/full/105/4_suppl/16S

http://www.cinn.org/pain/headache-cervicogenic.html

Neck traction, neck brace, local analgesic cream, acupuncture, Gabapentin may help you.

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