Can a herniation c3c4 cause headaches?

///Can a herniation c3c4 cause headaches?
Can a herniation c3c4 cause headaches?
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  • AvatarRHarnois
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    I have had a constant headache for 6 months. Mostly dull constant numbness feeling with occasional (1-3/month) severe painful headaches. Recent MRI showed herniation at c3c4 which results in at least a mild spinal canal stenosis with indentation of the ventral cord. Could this be the cause of my headaches? I have seen my primary care, dentist, eye doctor, two neurologists, chiropractor, massage therapist, gynecologist, had my mammogram,and an orthopedic because of shoulder pain(due to torn tendon) and none of them have an explanation for my headaches. After research online, I would think my latest finding on my MRI might be the cause, but my neurologist said my MRI was “clean” looking for a second opinion, or direction.

    AvatarDonald Corenman, MD, DC
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    I have seen a C3-4 HNP cause a base of skull headache.More commonly, degenerative facets at C2-3 and C3-4 can cause headaches. You can help to identify these with either an epidural at C3-4 to determine if the HNP is causing headache or facet blocks at C2-4 to see if you get temporary resolution of your headache.

    See
    https://neckandback.com/treatments/epidural-injections-and-selective-nerve-root-blocks-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-neck/,
    https://neckandback.com/treatments/facet-blocks-and-rhizotomies-neck/ and
    https://neckandback.com/treatments/pain-diary-instructions-for-spinal-injections-neck/

    Dr. Corenman

    PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
     
    Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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