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I’m a 32 year old female in average shape. Ever since high school, I seem to have a moderate to high amount of headaches, seemingly different kinds. I usually just count it as stress.

However, in the last few years, I have these horrible headaches that pop up every few months, where the very first vertebrae at the top of my neck seems to pop out. The pain is significant, and I can be sensitive to light, smells, movement and sounds. When it happens, if I put a lot of pressure on that vertebrae, it helps momentarily. My chiropractor says it’s stress and increased blood flow pushing out that vertebrae. My family doctor doesn’t seem concerned. Should I do anything else? Thanks!

It sounds like you have tension headaches and migraines headaches. You should see a headache specialist for evaluation and treatment, and bring in all supplements and prescription medicines you are taking.

All my best,
Speaking of Women’s Health nurse

November 21, 2016 at 2:09pm

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