What Kind of Headache Do You Have?
About 42 million Americans suffer from headaches. Twenty percent of chronic headaches
are said to be cervicogenic, and four times as many women as men experience these.
There are many types of headaches, including migraines, tension, and sinus headaches.
There is also a variety of causes. However, migraine and tension headaches most closely mimic a
cervicogenic headache. You are much more likely to be diagnosed with a migraine or tension
headaches because so many of the symptoms are the same. For instance, they all can affect one side,
consist of severe throbbing pain, nausea, a sensitivity to sound and/or light.
Because diagnostic tests (blood work, X-rays, and MRIs) are mostly ineffective in this case,
cervicogenic headaches are still widely under-diagnosed. According to the National Institute for Health,
some doctors don’t even believe they exist.
If a practitioner does suspect a cervicogenic headache, the traditional way of diagnosing it is to
do a neural blockade in the neck. However, according to The Journal of the American Osteopathic
Association, diagnostic criteria have been developed to provide “a detailed, clinically useful
description of the condition.” This allows for a diagnosis without the need for the neural blockade.