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Is This a Migraine Trigger? "Pressure on the Back of the Head"

Does lying on your back trigger or worsen anyone's migraines? Even reclining does it - it seems to be the pressure on the back of my head that triggers or causes the worsening.

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  1. Hi , for me personally, yes, in the area above the occipital prominence (the area on the back of your head if you drew a line at the top of your ears). If I lay on my back, or if there is any pressure there, it will pretty reliably trigger a migraine for me.

    You should discuss this with your doctor if you haven't already, as occipital neuralgia is common to cervicogenic headaches.

    Thanks for being here! -Warmly, Donna (Migraine.com team)

    1. That's part of the area where I cannot have pressure, from the level of the top of my ears down to the base of my skull. I will ask my doctor about this.

      1. Lying on my back, or lying down at all, certainly increases my migraines. I typically have to sit up. If I press on the back pressure points, it can trigger migraine pain, as well.

        1. I also experience this. I am wondering what kind of solution worked for you?

      2. I also experience this. I am wondering what kind of solution worked for you?

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