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    Can shoulder inflammation cause migraine?

    I've had bad shoulder pain for three weeks. My rheumatologist said it was inflamed as a consequence of my arthritis and fibromyalgia. I've been taking Celebrex, and the pain is slowly dulling, but I've developed serious headaches that “bloom” for a few seconds on one side of my head - the side opposite to the bad shoulder. I'm also experiencing a lot of neck pain. Panadeine has limited effect on the headaches.

    I sometimes experience similar headaches following menstruation, so I'm wondering if the cause is likely hormonal or arthritis-related.
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    Dr Ryan Hislop

    Chiropractor

    Dr Ryan Hislop, Chiropractor is situated in Mudgee with the team from Chiropractic Health and Wellness Centre. He has a special interest in sports chiropractic … View Profile

    As the shoulder complex is joined to the thoracic and cervical spine, changes in shoulder position can alter the function of both the thoracic and cervical spine (and visa versa).

    Commonly the most comfortable position to hold the shoulder during a painful episode increases the strain through the neck and mid back as it attempts to compensate for the altered position. It is not uncommon for people to have migrating pain as an example, and yes, headaches can result due to altered shoulder position placing increased strain on the neck musculature and joints.

    Shoulder inflammation is not likely to be directly responsible for the headaches (as in the inflammation is not likley spreading into your head to cause pain), however the shoulder dysfunction most likely is.

    It would be well worth your while being checked by your local registered chiropractor.

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    Josephine Perry

    Bowen Therapist

    Josephine is a fully qualified Bowen Therapist, with full insurance cover and Association membership. Rebates provided by most health funds, according to levels of cover.Practice … View Profile

    Bowen Therapy is extremely effective at relaxing the muscle contractions which cause pain in the shoulder on one side and compensation pain on the overstretched neck muscles on the other side.  Bowen Therapy can also address menstrual symptoms.

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