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What could be the reason for constant dull pain in head and neck?

What could be the reason for constant dull pain in head and neck?

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Answered by

Shakti Mishra

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At December 10, 2016
Reviewed AtJanuary 19, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have been getting a sudden radiating pain like a wave from the back of the head up to the forehead. It is worse on the right side and radiates to the left side. It comes suddenly and is dull, but about 7/10 on the pain scale. It goes away almost as fast as it starts. It happens multiple times a day when I am standing or sitting. And, it does not occur when I am lying down. Also, I have a mild constant dull ache in my head and moderate neck pain, which is worse on the right side. I feel that I have multiple trigger points and can sometimes replicate the pain when I hit them, but not always. Do you feel this pain could be from the trigger points? Is this something my chiropractor can help with? I have not seen him for about two months and this pain started about a month ago. I am in a desk job and I do work for around 40 hours a week. I never had headaches like this before. I am currently taking Ibuprofen for pain.

Answered by Shakti Mishra


Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • According to your complaint, physical structure of the body and workstation type, you are having a very sedentary lifestyle. I think there might be ergonomically raised causes for your symptoms.
  • Long hours of sitting at your job might have put a lot of pressure over your eyes, which might have caused an increase in intraocular pressure for which radiating pain is present. That pain is radiating to your neck, but obvious for your posture.
  • First of all you need to take frequent breaks within your working hours of 15 to 20 minutes. Try to move out of your seat, close your eyes splash water onto your eyes.
  • Maintain your posture and stretch out your upper chest with widening your hands out. Shoulder shrugging exercise will help; put a small pillow support behind your neck and lumbar region for proper posture correction. Try to sit erect on your chair to prevent sagging of your chest.
  • Yes, you can consult your chiropractor for a second opinion.

For further information consult a physiotherapist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/physiotherapist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Shakti Mishra
Shakti Mishra


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