New Approach to Treating Migraines Focuses on Neck

 – April 17, 2015  –– 

Migraines can be debilitating for many people, especially those who suffer from what are known as neck migraines. It turns out that in some cases, severe migraine pain may actually originate from nerves in the back of the neck. Donna Fennikoh suffered with migraines for 5 years. "They can last anywhere from 5 or 6 hours to days," she told WCBS's Dr. Max Gomez. "Last year, there was a period for 3 or 4 months I barely went a day." Doctors say Fennikoh falls into a group of migraine sufferers whose headaches are sparked by nerves in the neck. Houman Danesh, MD, of The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City explains, "Essentially the joints start rubbing against each other, and that irritates the nerve that goes from the back of your neck to the back of your head, and can offset and trigger a nightmare."

- Dr. Houman Danesh, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Integrative Pain Management, The Mount Sinai Hospital

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