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What I Wish People Understood About Cervicogenic Headache

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June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, and I’d like to discuss a type of headache that, although considered fairly common, is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood: cervicogenic headache.

Cervicogenic headache is a secondary headache, meaning it is a result of an underlying health condition, such as neck injury, infection, or high blood pressure.

It develops in the neck, but is felt in the head, and is often mistaken for a tension headache or migraine. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJD), often related to cervicogenic headache, can develop for many different reasons, and causes pain in the jaw, ears, and teeth.

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