Prolonged Back And Neck Headaches?
Hello, I’m 21 years old. Since a long time ago, if I had a headache, I always felt in the back of my head. Then from November 2019 I began to feel a headache again, because I was used to it, I thought that resting was enough. But until January this still feels painful and in January 2020 the pain is actually not as usual, sometimes like being pulled, sometimes like being pressed, and if you sleep it still hurts because the part is exposed to a pillow / other object. Besides that, my right neck also hurts. What happened? What steps should I take? thanks.
Hello Ajeng, thank you for consulting us at HealthReplies.com.
Headaches accompanied by neck pain are usually associated with tension-type headaches or so-called tension headaches. Where the head pain is described as if there is a rope that binds firmly to the head. In addition to pain in the head and neck, complaints are usually accompanied by symptoms such as muscle aches, disturbed concentration, and difficulty sleeping or waking up during sleep.
However, other than due to tension type headaches, complaints that you feel can be caused due to chronic headaches, headaches during physical activity or occipital neuralgia. To be sure of course you need to do a complete examination of yourself. So you should immediately consult directly with your doctor to find out the underlying cause of the complaint you feel. And if it is not resolved immediately, it can be at risk of other disorders such as anxiety, sleep disorders, depression, physical or other psychological disorders which will certainly affect the quality of your life. If it is most likely that it is needed in addition to medication, the doctor will refer you to physiotherapist to a physiotherapist.
Temporary treatment you can do is with adequate rest, choose a pillow that suits your sleep needs, avoid consuming excessive caffeine such as in tea or coffee, do relaxation such as meditation or yoga, consume enough fluids in the form of water at least 2L so that the body's metabolism can run smoothly. So that we can convey, hopefully useful.