Headaches osteochondrosis: symptoms, treatment
Headache is a symptom of many diseases, from problems with the cardiovascular system disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Headaches, low back pain — a phenomenon quite frequent. Many people suffering from this disease, not even aware that the cause of their headaches is the spine, or rather, his neck.
Osteochondrosis — the most common cause of dysfunction of blood vessels and nerves. This disease interferes with the normal condition of the muscular tissues, nerves, pain occur (when cervical osteochondrosis they are localized in the neck and head).
The pain in osteochondrosis (including Shane) — is not a complete solution to the problem. To get rid of headaches is by treating the underlying disease (i.e. degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine). What you can do if you have a headache?
The reason the vertebrae
Osteochondrosis refers to a category of degenerative diseases and is manifested not only in the form of a headache. The disease causes the destructive changes in the intervertebral discs, but in the initial stages they occur unnoticed. Like most diseases of the spine, degenerative disc disease begins without pain and up to a certain time doesn’t. In some cases, only headaches can indicate a lesion of the cervical vertebrae.
Cervical — the most mobile part of the spine. Here is a large number of vital blood vessels and nerve endings. If in this field there are any problems, it affects the entire body.
When the discs are compressed, they begin to compress the nerves, they send a signal to the brain — the person feels pain. The most frequently occurring manifestations of cervical degenerative disc disease include:
- frequent dizziness;
- blurred vision;
- hearing loss;
- memory impairment;
- violation of coordination of movements;
- the emergence of severe headaches.
All these symptoms the medicine sees as the main implications for the development of osteoarthritis. When determining the causes of migraine and finding ways to treat doctors almost half of the cases diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. The clinical picture of this disease is characterized by a diversity. Spasms in the head accompanied by a sharp deterioration of health of the man until he lost consciousness. In some cases, the pain in osteochondrosis is of a burning character. It can occur paroxysmal.
The human condition is complicated by the fact that the pain is accompanied by increased arterial and intraocular pressure, vomiting, lethargy, loss of appetite.
In the first place — the elimination of the causes
To predict how the person will manifest cervical osteochondrosis, quite difficult. In some patients the pain is dull, aching in nature. Often the pain is aggravated at the slightest movement of the neck. These symptoms are especially common in people leading a sedentary lifestyle. Many office workers complain of such spasms. They also often marked by discomfort in the temporal area.
If patients have a blurred vision — this can also be a symptom of this disease. For cervical degenerative disc disease radiating the peculiar nature of the headache, but usually such feelings are limited to the neck and head. Head osteochondrosis often starts to hurt suddenly, however, there are situations when it occurs, and the intensity has a natural character. For example, if a person has seen the headaches in the morning, it is likely that the degenerative disc disease.
The main causes of spasms in the head are lesions of the cervical. These include:
- compression (pinching) of the spinal nerves;
- the occurrence of vertebral artery syndrome;
- hypertensive syndrome;
- pinched nerves in the occipital region;
- spasm of the muscles.
For the clinical picture of this disease characterized by pain and simultaneous coordination of movements. Patients complain that the head is thereby «clouding» in front of the eyes occur fog or glare. At this time people usually lose consciousness from the sudden discomfort. Such a headache may be accompanied by noise and ringing in the ears.
In the diagnosis of the disease specialists always specify what sensations the patient is experiencing in the neck area. The discomfort is felt not only in the head, often marked by spasms in the cervical muscles.
In some cases patients complain of headaches cramps accompanied by a feeling of compression of the neck. Osteochondrosis often there is simultaneous numbness of the neck and muscle spasm. Sometimes there are pains below the neck. In some cases, a person can feel numbness in limbs. Often the onset of these episodes is preceded by irritated condition. All this can provoke insomnia. Patients suffering from discomfort often complain of deterioration after any physical action. Headaches often start with the slightest sudden movement and last for hours. Visually the beginning of an attack and can produce staggering gait, since the occurrence of muscle spasms it’s hard to maintain a balance.
Symptoms and what to do with them
The above symptoms may occur in various diseases. Only after the passage of x-rays, MRI, taking blood and urine tests can determine whether the patient’s low back pain. In some patients there are signs that are not typical for this disease. Call them about symptoms as they do not indicate a problem with the cervical vertebrae, and on other ongoing or comorbidities.
If headaches cause intense vomiting, which brings the patient relief, and he says that feels better, it is not a manifestation of osteochondrosis. When your head hurts and increases the body temperature, it may be symptom of colds or infectious diseases. In such cases, apply specific therapies, low back pain to these diseases is irrelevant.
Whether aching head in the temporal part, are there any similar symptoms in the occipital, cervical or parietal region — in any case, to self-medicate is not. Only the doctor based on the patient’s condition may properly be required antispasmodics or analgesics.
As a rule, osteochondrosis apply both types of drugs. Symptoms of cardiovascular diseases and degenerative disc disease is also often very similar. This may occur:
- pressing sensation;
- pain in region of heart;
- intermittent attacks of fear;
Short-term panic attacks can occur in cardiovascular diseases. They are in osteochondrosis. Often after them occurs the dizziness, nausea, disorientation, and then get a headache.
No less dangerous diencephalic syndrome, which is a manifestation of osteochondrosis. It is considered that it is typical for the elderly, but also young people suffering with them often enough. Pain appear because of the defeat of cerebral vessels, as evidenced by the opening of the man vomiting. Headache in rare cases may be accompanied by chills and slight fever. Patients often aching neck and observed the pale skin.
Whether aching head during a sharp rise in blood pressure? Yes. That is why his pressure is particularly closely needs to follow those, who diagnosed low back pain. If begins a sharp increase in blood pressure followed by loss of consciousness, dizziness, spasms, person in some cases need to be hospitalized immediately.
How to help
A universal cure for degenerative disc disease does not exist. But there are General tips, rules and guidelines that will help to reduce the intensity of headaches. The best remedy for headache — physical therapy. When headache special exercises can significantly ease the condition. During the attack of pain a person need to ensure you have a comfortable position. Massage relieves patients, but during a headache attack, this method cannot be used. Why? Symptom of osteoarthritis — high blood pressure. During the massage, it increases due to the strengthening of inflow of blood. Massage will only increase the headaches and worsen the patient’s condition, so for pain you can apply cold compresses, but not massage.
For the treatment of osteoarthritis are widely used vasodilator drugs, however, you must remember that they can be used far not in all cases. It all depends on the General health of the patient and accompanying degenerative disc disease symptoms. The most popular method of removing migraines are vinegar compresses. Modern laser therapy is able to treat the pain symptoms that is low back pain. Headaches weaken electrophoresis and magnetic therapy.
Pain while degenerative disc disease will continue to occur if you are not being targeted and comprehensive treatment of this disease.