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Can neck pain/stiffness caused by anxiety cause chronic migraines?

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  • Kim Bourner
    1 year ago

    I have arthritis on my upper spine and the bottom of my skull. I should have neck pain from this, but I don’t. What I do have are migraines from it. So yes, I would think that neck pain could lead to chronic migraine … depending on the cause of the neck pain. If it’s just because people are a pain in the neck, probably not. But if it’s damage of some sort, then there is the possibility. Only a doctor can tell for sure.

  • Rich17 author
    1 year ago

    Thank you, again, this information is very helpful!

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Rich17,

    Neck pain can be tricky – it can be a symptom of a migraine attack and/or a trigger. I have lots of issues with my neck which stem from a fall over 20 years ago. When I have bad neck pain, it usually means I’m going to get a nasty migraine attack. Let me share this information about neck and migraine with you;

    Some people with migraine disease find PT and/or heat/cold helpful to relieve some of the discomfort. I’m a heat person, cold and I don’t get along!

    Anxiety can also be a migraine attack symptom. I know many people with migraine disease who experience anxiety as well. We have information you can read about here;


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