Neck Pain and Migraines

Did you know that "migraineurs" note neck pain more frequently than nausea? It's true, a study performed in 2010 by Anne Calhoun et. al. took data from 113 migraineurs who recorded a total of 786 migraine days and they found that neck pain was a more common accompaniment in migraines. What does this mean? Most providers use nausea as a key symptom to screen for, when assessing migraines. In current practice, neck pain is not included in the list of symptoms needed to make a migraine diagnosis. Our current diagnostic method may be missing a key component. Many patients present with migraine symptoms from their neck while the neck may never be properly screened or assessed. This is a big part

Why Headaches and Migraines aren't just in your head

Have you yet to find an answer for your headaches or migraines? We hear this often from our patients here at Novera. The standard approach to diagnosing a headache or migraine is to rule out any other underlying condition, this usually leads to negative findings with blood work, CT scan, MRI and X-ray. Since these are our diagnostic tools in healthcare, when no problem is found, it seems the only explanation is that the pain is in your head. Yes, the pain is literally in your head, but did all those tests really assess everything? What if there was something that was missed that could have a very reasonable way of explaining your symptoms? If this scenario existed, would you trust it? Could

Understanding Dizziness

Do you or a loved one suffer from dizziness? Have you ever wondered where dizziness comes from and how in the world we treat it? Dizziness can take on many different forms as it is a general term that patients will use to describe many different types of conditions. One of the more common types of dizziness is known as vertigo. Vertigo is the type of dizziness where the room spins. Generally, this type of dizziness will last 60 seconds or less and be triggered by head movements. The medical diagnosis for this type of dizziness is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is a condition caused by dysfunction of the inner ear. The inner ear senses gravity and up-down or side to side mo

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