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Head injury, headache. History of herniated disc in neck. Constant neck pain

I hit my head a few weeks ago and now I am having these INTENSE headaches . I already have two herniated disks in my neck that causes constant headaches which I am prescribed tramadol for but after I hit my head, the headaches changes. they went from being localized where the base of my skull meets my neck, to starting where my skull meets my neck and now radiating up through the spot where I hit my head. When it radiates, it is so sharp and intense it sometimes causes me to buckle up and have to close my eyes. The pain from my neck is constant and constant through the top of my head, though every couple of seconds it SHOOTS through the top of my head. it literally feels like someone is stabbing me through the top of my head.
Asked On : Sun, 23 Dec 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

Your symptoms are suggestive of occipital neuralgia. In this condition, there is a sharp shooting pain at the base of head and upper neck, which comes intermittently and last for few seconds to minutes each time.

For pain relief, you may take pregabalin or gabapentin capsules.

You may require MRI of cervical spine and brain for detailed evaluation if you do not improve with above medications.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Sun, 17 Nov 2013
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