Neck muscles and headaches

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Hello,
I've had M.E for over twenty years, since I was fourteen. During that time I've had more severe periods and some less severe, but have been quite ill and had to stop working for many years now.
I have a new symptom in the last few months, which is very tight muscles in one side of my neck, causing horrendous migraine headaches. A physio has been giving me exercises to strengthen weaker muscles and stop stronger ones over-working, which she thinks is causing the problem.
I wondered if this was a result of muscles weaknesses from many years of lying and sitting, or whether anyone else with ME had experienced severe headaches and muscle spasms and tightness in their neck?
Your experiences would be welcome! Thank you for any help.
All best wishes,
M
 
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I have all that you describe. I was in a really bad wreck in 2007 and there is damage from that and from standing behind my hair chair for way too long working at my salons.

PT has helped. Have had another MRI this year and the spinal stenosis is progressing. Herniated cervical spine, etc.

I feel your pain.
 

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Yes, I get vert tight neck muscles as well, and the headaches that go with it.

The exercises will help with the muscle imbalance (that's what causes mine), along with correct posture and relaxation of the tight muscles. I spend a lot of time doing gentle stretches and massage, both of which help. I find that magnesium also helps.
 
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severe headaches and muscle spasms and tightness in their neck
Yes yes and yes. Inflammatory squeeze /which I call a head ache/ major sign/symptom frequent. Tremendous pain there which can be relieved a bit with CEASING whatever I'm doing and i use BIOMAGNETS and tie them around my neck. They actually do help as I cannot take a painkiller.

My neck vertebra recently have decided to pop constantly, going to discuss this with Doctor tomorrow.
 
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That reminds me when a headache is really bad, and the origin from my neck, Ice Packs. Not everyone can stand them. They work fast for me.

Never sleeping on my stomach or on the looser side of my neck helps too.
I use a rolled up old pillow and put that under my neck. I think I would like one of those wooden chinese pillows!
 
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I use a rolled up old pillow
If I don't bring my personal feather pillow (Often older, rather deflated) with me on a trip, I will fore sure get bad neck issues from the wrong pillow or motel pillows or not enough neck support.


where would I be without my pillow? I get all these glitchy things in the spine......I assume everybody does but: maybe they don't?
 

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very tight muscles in one side of my neck, causing horrendous migraine headaches.
It is important to note that the sensation of tight neck muscles is not always due to the muscles.

Minor inflammation of the meningeal lining of the brain produces a sensation that is exactly like the sensation of tight neck muscles. This inflammation also produces headaches.

Ice Packs. Not everyone can stand them. They work fast for me.
Ice packs are an effective way to calm the inflammation.
 

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