Health & Nutrition - - Q & A -

Re­cently, I’ve been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a sud­den pain that starts from my head and trav­els to the neck, and it doesn’t stop till I pop some painkiller. Is it a nor­mal headache or a sign of mi­graine? Rav­ina Nair, Ker­ala

You have not men­tioned whether that pain is be­hind or the front of the head trav­el­ling down to the neck. I as­sume it is be­hind in which case it seems to be re­lated to cer­vi­cal spondyli­tis. Please get an X-ray of the cer­vi­cal spine and see an or­tho­pe­dic spe­cial­ist who may ad­vise some ex­er­cises for the neck. It does not look like a mi­graine. We need a bet­ter de­scrip­tion about the lo­ca­tion and char­ac­ter of the pain to con­firm the prob­lem.

Dr P P Ashok, Con­sul­tant Neu­rol­o­gist

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