Lately, I’ve had some luck with a few different treatments to address my headaches and neck pain:
- Massage- every two weeks on my back and neck. It’s kind of deep-tissue, therapeutic massage. It hurt at first (lots of muscle tightness to work out) and now it’s rarely uncomfortable. I also take a muscle relaxer (cut into quarters, just to take the edge off) sometimes in between.
- Botox injections- I’ve only had one set of shots, but it really did seem to provide significant relief. The shots are wearing off now and I’m not due to have another appointment until the end of the month. I definitely plan to continue this.
- Peppermint oil- Really. I keep it in my purse to rub a little on the back of my neck when I have milder headache and neck pain.
Hope this is helpful! Just as an FYI- I’m not decompressed. I have an 8mm Chiari and reduced (not blocked) CSF flow. My headaches and neck pain are my most troublesome symptoms. I might try physical therapy and/or vision therapy next, to help with vertigo and light sensitivity.