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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Headaches since June, Back of head that last 1 1/2 days and end with throwing up.

Rachel: I have on going headaches since June. They are in the back area of the head and I usually have them for 1 day and half. Most of the time I end up throwing up

Dr Shapira response: Dear Rachel,

I assume that you have visited you physician to discuss your headaches due to the dramatic change. If nothing is found medically occipital headaches are frequently helped by a neuromuscular orthotic. Symptoms that you describe can also be caused by Atlas/Axis problems and you might want to consider seeing an Atlas Orthogonal or NUCCA chiropracter..

If the pain is primarily muscle ait may be easy to relieve utilizing Travell vapocoolant spray and stretch. Does the pain go away immediately after vomiting? When you vomit it causes instant but temporary release of closing jaw muscles.

It is always important to consider organic disease when a new type of headache occurs. Never assume that there is not an undrlying disease process. Neuromuscular Dentistry is probably one of the safest and most effective treatments for chronic headaches and migraines but when a new type of headache occurs it is important to rule out other medical causes.

Objective diagnosis is the key, you do not want to become a drug guinea pig diagnosed by serial drug experiments.

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posted by Dr Shapira at 8:21 AM

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