The Connection Between Back Pain and Migraines
June is Migraine Awareness Month, and because so many people experience back and neck pain in correlation with migraines, we wanted to take this as an opportunity to dive into the connections between spine pain and migraines.
According to a study published in the journal, Pain: “Striking results were found when we analyzed the association between chronic and episodic headache (migraine and tension-type headache) forms with frequent low back pain.”
The study goes on to say that “We found that the likelihood of having co-morbid frequent low back pain was significantly higher in respondents with chronic headache (OR 13.7-18.3) and episodic headache forms (OR 1.8-2.7) than it was in those without headache.”
In other words, chronic back pain and migraines can often go hand-in-hand. If you are someone that suffers from migraines, it is more likely that you will experience back pain.
There are also cervical headaches, which can be triggered by anything from trauma to just sleeping in a weird position. Although they are not technically migraines, these cervicogenic headaches act a lot like migraines with pain on one side of the head, accompanying shoulder pain, and the possibility of nausea and vomiting.
It is important to see a doctor if you are experiencing any kind of chronic head pain, whether it turns out to be a migraine or cervical headache.
If you or someone you know is having problems with persistent and painful headaches, there is no reason to keep living in pain.
We hope we can help.