When should you be worried about a cervicogenic headache?
Balancing the fast-paced demands of a high-pressure job with the daily responsibilities of parenting is no easy feat. But this can get even more challenging when you suffer from cervicogenic headaches. These are a type of headache that originates from the cervical spine or neck area. Unlike migraines or tension headaches, which are more commonly known, cervicogenic headaches are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Understanding when to be concerned about cervicogenic headaches is crucial for timely intervention and effective management. In this blog we will discuss the symptoms of when you can be a cause of concern with Cervicogenic headaches. 

Watch this video to learn more about Cervicogenic (Cervical) Headaches and its symptoms. Once you understand the symptoms you will be able to understand the symptoms that are a cause for concern with these headaches. 

Here are the symptoms of cervicogenic headaches that that warrant concern and it is advisable to seek medical attention:
Sudden onset after trauma or injury: While headaches can occur for various reasons, a sudden and intense headache, particularly if it develops after a specific trigger such as trauma or injury to the neck, warrants attention. This is specially true if the trauma was associated with a whiplash injury to the neck. 
Increased pain intensity: Cervicogenic headaches are known for their intense and debilitating pain. You may experience severe pain in the head, neck, and shoulder region, especially if it is persistent and unrelenting despite attempts to alleviate it with over-the-counter medications. The increased intensity of the pain, coupled with its location in the neck and head, should prompt further evaluation by a healthcare professional.
Change in pattern of pre existing headache: If you have a history of headaches, a significant change in the pattern or type of their headaches should raise concern. If you notice that your headaches have become more frequent, severe, or are accompanied by neck pain or stiffness, note down any shifts in the timing, duration, or associated symptoms of your headaches and discuss these changes with your healthcare provider.
Chronic or recurrent cervicogenic headaches: Persistent or recurring cervicogenic headaches that interfere with your daily activities and quality of life should not be ignored. If you find yourself experiencing frequent or prolonged episodes of cervicogenic headaches, it is advisable to seek medical evaluation. 
In conclusion, cervicogenic headaches can be debilitating and significantly impact your quality of life if left untreated. Recognizing the signs that warrant concern and seeking timely medical attention are crucial steps in effectively managing cervicogenic headaches and preventing further complications. If you suspect that you may be experiencing cervicogenic headaches or have concerns about your headache symptoms, don't hesitate to reach out to your healthcare.

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