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Add me to the list of those with C5-6 and C6-7 problems who experienced severe headaches. I used to have them 3 or more times per week, so bad I had to leave work often and go home and curl up in bed. Sometimes they were so bad I would start to panic because I couldn't get relief. They felt like my head was going to literally explode. They would start with a stiff and hot feeling in my neck, then after a few hours I'd start getting a headache right at the base of my skull, which would expand up the back of my head and at my temples. I'd stand under a hot shower and it would help a lot, but as soon as I'd get out of the shower, within a minute or two I'd be right back into the headache with the accompanying nausea. Sometimes I'd be in and out of the shower 8 or 10 times in a couple of hours I was so desperate for relief. Only time (4-8 hours) would seem to help. Since being put on neurontin in mid December, I have had only 2 of them, and they were not as bad as the earlier ones. Both came in the last 2 weeks, accompanying a noticeable lessening of the pain killing effect of the neurontin. I think my body must be getting used the stuff and overriding it. I have to conclude that those headaches are directly related to my neck problems at those 2 levels. The doc wants to up the neurontin to 500 or 600mg 3 times daily, but I am really reluctant, they fog me up pretty good as it is. I'm hoping to stop treating the symptoms of the problem here soon, and have the surgery to eliminate the problem itself. I can really relate to all the frustration felt by many of you on this seemingly never ending road to permanent (hopefully) relief.
Hi mel333

Add me to the list, as well, of those with C4-5 C5-6 and C6-7 problems (as seen in my signature) who experiences severe headaches. Mine usually come when I'm in a bad flare and my whole back and neck are hurting. They would start(as Keith said) with a stiff and hot feeling in my neck, then after a few hours I'd start getting a headache right at the base of my skull, which would expand up the back of my head and at my temples. I sometimes also get the accompanying nausea. It usually last anywhere from 2-4 days depending on how bad the flare is. I don't get ear pain but my ears do feel like their clogged sorta and sometimes a ringing in my ears (don't know if it's connected).

Well not that I've been any help but I just thought I'd jump in with my two cents.

Hope you find an answer to your suffering!

Take Care, :wave:
Joanne

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[*]At the age of 8, Sept 63, bad fall on back on stairs compression fractures of D6 and D8
[*]Diagnosed DDD 1993
[*]C4-C5 posterior osteophytic bar effacing ventral thecal sac Mild stenosis of neural foramina
[*]C5-C6 posterior disc protrusion effacing v t s .Mild stenosis of neural foramina
[*]C6-C7 posterior disc herniation effacing v t s . Mild stenosis of neural foramina
[*]C7-T1 Small perineural cysts present in both neural foramina.
[*]left convex scoliosis of mid thoracic spine. wedging of T7. wedging of T5 .degenerative end plate changes at T8-T9
[*]L4-L5 diffuse disc bulge effacing v t s. hypertrophy of facet joints, minimal central spinal stenosis.
[*]L5-S1 posterior disc protrusion with associated tear of annulus fibrosis. hypertrophy of facet joints.
[*]S1-S2 Perineural cysts involving S1-S2 nerve roots.
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Hi everyone,
I din't want to be left out so I just spent close to 78 hours with the sword stuck thru the base of my skull and coming out of my right eye. Made for a really crappy weekend. And yes , there is alot of info about the spasms compressing nerves that exit from the higher levels and give us all of these beauty symptoms. And yes , the ear pressure, and or general congested head feeling can be apart of it. Well that was a ray of sunshine, but since we were on the topic.
Everyone take care of yourselves, and try to find the warning signs for your impending headaches. I have found mine and can ward them off about 75%of the time now with alternating heat, ice(whatever feels better) and rest. Hope you all have a pain free night .
Mel
Ps a good muscle relaxant like valium can really help in the early part of that headache .





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