Hypoglycemia, Stress, Tension, High Blood Pressure, Food Allergies, Misalignment of the Spine, as well as regular use of Tylonol and other NSAIDS (pain-relieving drugs). Myofascial pian, deferred pain from another part of the body (neck, shoulders or back), can be experienced as headache pain, even a migraine. For tension headaches, see remedies under Tension Myositis Syndrome below.
Neck/Shoulder Pain & Severe Tension Headache
A neckache is felt at the base of the neck, behind the eye sockets and in the shoulder muscles. Neck aches can be caused by poor posture, long periods of sitting, chronic stress (especially emotional) and past trauma.
True headache pain is in the temple or forehead. It may be caused by changes in hormones, diet or dehydration. It may also be caused by tight muscles in the neck, back and/or shoulders.
The pain in your head or neck may also be coming from your back or shoulders. To test this theory, feel along the ridge of your shoulder muscle from your neck to your shoulder. Are there any tight, painful spots? How about along-side your spine about mid-back? Yes? There's your neck ache.
When the neck, back or shoulders are the cause of the pain in your head it is actually referred pain, which means pain signals are being sent somewhere else. It's a kind of a distraction. Getting more sleep, reducing mental stress (through meditation or hypnosis), Trigger Point Therapy, Physical Therapy, dealing with emotions through journaling, counseling, and acupuncture can help to relieve physical pain.
Continuous neck and arm movement for more than an hour each day causes pain, especially when working with arms extended above the shoulders. This causes stress, frequent headaches and fatigue.
Sitting 95% of the time at work causes muscle stiffness. If you are sitting 75% of the time at work, this is OK, but if you go from a mobile job position to a sitting one, this can also cause problems.
Having your neck extended more than not will cause abnormal wear and tear to the cervical (neck) spine.
Employees who have lower ability to use skills and abilities, receive less co-worker support, have low job security and little job satisfaction experience more pain.
As a female, if you feel your work-load is too extreme, you will experience musculo-skeletal pain in your neck. Men are better at handling this type of stress, ladies. You will also experience pain if your work-load goes up and you have no social support on the job.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (previously known as Reflex Sympathy Syndrome)
CRPS is another syndrome that doctors have a hard time treating. They don't know what causes it. This syndrome begins with significant damage to a hand or a foot. It sometimes begins with the wearing of a cast and may be called 'Cast Disease'. In 5% of patients, the pain continues long after the injury has healed.
CRPS is characterized by pain that radiates from the site of the injury, such as the foot, to the leg and hip. In the case of an injured hand, the pain can radiate to the arm or the entire trunk of the body.
Skin color changes to blue or red, the skin feels hotter to the touch at first and then colder as the syndrome progresses and becomes chronic.
The immune system shifts into overdrive as indicated by markers in the blood.
Dramatic improvements are possible, but it is thought, in general, that if the condition is not gone within 18 months that it will become a lifetime condition.
It was recently reported that the brains of those with CRPS show changes in the white matter of the brain, specifically the fibers that deliver messages between neurons. Their brains also showed an atrophy of the neurons in the gray matter of the brain as well, which is consistent with those who suffer from chronic pain. The study's investigator is Vania Apkarian, a professor of physiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
Medical treatments involve physical therapy, sympathetic nerve blockers, electrical impulses, biofeedback, diet and nutrition and spinal cord stimulation.
Most folks believe arthritis is caused by wear and tear of the joint. Sort of true. But when joint cartilage is stressed or hurt, what really makes it arthritic and painful are certain chemicals in the body triggered by the inflammatory response. Your joint fills with fluid to provide extra lubrication, which contains acid-like chemicals that are meant to dissolve any tiny bone fragments that might exist from injury to bone. If these chemicals are not turned off the inflammatory response continues and the chemicals begin to eat away healthy bone and cartilage. These chemicals can also burn nerve endings, which causes the pain experienced in your joints. Foods that can turn off this chemical response, putting a stop to pain and further joint damage. See under Old World Remedies for Chronic Pain below. Foods that aggravate arthritic conditions are tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers (nightshades).
Gout is an extremely painful condition where uric acid levels become elevated in the body, crystalize, and collect in one or more joints, such as the big toe, feet, ankles, wrists, knees or elbows. Uric acid is a chemical created when certain foods containing purines are broken down in the body. The crystals cause an inflammation response in the body and when white blood cells rush in to rescue the area of inflammation they are prickled on the crystals, which causes even more inflammation, swelling and pain. Gout can come on suddenly and usually lasts for 5-7 days.
Some foods, beverages and substances contributing toward gout are sodas and carbonated beverages in general, alcohol, beer, caffeine, fish, shrimp, liver, fried food, beef, duck, peaches, beans, apples and ice cream.
The herb, Nettle, help to flush uric acid from your system, thereby relieving pain. Nettle is an excellent source of calcium, which helps to balance pH. Stinging Nettle can be taken as a tea.
Tension Myositis Syndrome
Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) refers to pain caused by emotion. Myofasciitis is a term used to describe pain the network of muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue, which are tissues that hold the body together.
Tension Myositis Syndrome is pain caused by emotions. If you notice a relationship between your pain and your emotions or stress, or have a flare up of pain right before or after a stressful situation, you may have TMS.
Is you are a perfectionist, driven, self-critical, or people pleasing or you avoid confrontation by being as helpful or as accommodating as possible you may be prone to TMS.
If you doctor has given you thorough evaluation and found nothing wrong with you, but you still experience pain, you may have TMS.
If you have a history of tension headaches, heart-burn, indigestion, dizziness, migraines, carpel tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injury, hives or rashes, cold hands, teeth clenching (or grinding) or Tinnitus that has not been found to be related to neurological disease you may have TMS.
If your pain persists, even with conventional therapies and treatments, you may have TMS.
The TMS Questionnaire can be found at http://mindbodymedicine.com. A score of 12 or higher implies a very good possibility that the pain you experience is actually caused by Tension Myositis Syndrome. The good news? You can become completely pain free by acknowledging your emotions.
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Myofascial Pain Syndrome is the leading cause of pain. It is caused by knotted muscles and develops in stages.
Stage 1: Unacceptable emotions, which are often suppressed in order to get on with life and not fall apart.
Stage 2: Physiological changes as a result of the emotional stress, whether you feel stressed or not.
Stage 3: Physical symptoms, such as headache, muscle ache, nerve pain or digestive complaints.
Stage 4: Full blown syndrome, such as Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis or Irritable Bowel.
All of the above stages (1-4) relate to Tension Myositis Syndrome (pain caused by emotion).
By the time you arrive at Stage 3, muscles, nerves and joints have become used to firing signals to your spine, which sends messages to the brain that are interpreted as pain. Your muscles, have developed what are called trigger points (neuromyofascial pain), which are tight knots and bands of muscle and nerve, painful in and by themselves, which also send pain messages to different parts of your body. For example, you have a trigger spot (myofascial pain) in your shoulder, but you have a terrible headache. It is in Stage 3 that Myofascial Pain Syndrome sets in. Stage 3 may develop into autoimmune disease if it lasts longer than 3 months.
By the time you reach Stage 4, you have several of these neuromyofascial spots, or trigger points, bothering you at the same time, which has now become a full fledged syndrome, causing many, many symptoms.