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Technical stuff re: my headaches

Notes to self re: technical terms & locations of online info for some of the stuff Brain Doc says I have, because I like to understand things, especially when they're about me:

  • occipital neuralgia (a.k.a. C2 neuralgia): pinched nerve in the neck between the C1 and C2 vertebrae (see greater and lesser occipital nerve definitions below for confusion re: which vertebrae are involved), which causes chronic intense headache pain
  • C2: the second cervical vertebra (a.k.a. axis or epistropheus), the pivot upon which the first cervical vertebra, which carries the head, rotates
  • greater occipital nerve: one of the nerves being pinched in occipital neuralgia, originating between the 1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae (many sites say 2nd and 3rd vertebrae—confusing)
  • lesser occipital nerve: one of the nerves being pinched, originating between the 2nd and 3rd cervical vertebrae (some sites say 1st and 2nd vertebrae—confusing)
  • cervical spondylosis: arthritis affecting the spinal disks of the neck
  • arthritis: usually (though not in my case) "age-related" wear and tear causing inflammation of joints, causing cartilage to break down, subsequently causing (in my case) bone grinding directly on bone, which can lead to bone spurs
  • osteophyte: bone spur, a bony projection that develops along the edges of bones, often where bones meet each other, usually caused by arthritis
  • cervical osteophyte: bone spur in the neck, which can narrow the space that contains your spinal cord & pinch the spinal cord or its nerve roots
  • muscle contraction: I wasn't able to find a useful, non-technical definition of this, but there are numerous videos illustrating it & this page was somewhat useful (though largely above my head in my current intellectually-impaired state)
  • muscle contraction headache: headache caused by sustained muscle contraction (duh), sometimes called "tension headache" (though my neurologist says that term is not really accurate in my case), usually characterized by steady pain, sometimes accompanied by nausea

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