How can neck pain be a protector for migraine attacks?
Q&A with Alec Mian, PhD, CEO and Founder of Curelator Inc. and user Helen Power
Alec: Helen Power is one of the initial users of Curelator Headache and has the distinction of being the first in a group of users where neck pain surprisingly turned up as a protector.
Helen: When you first interviewed me months ago, I was definitely puzzled to see neck pain on my Protector Map™! Did anyone else have neck pain as a protector on their maps?
Alec: Neck pain is commonly thought to be a warning sign or a symptom of a migraine attack. So far, and it is early days, we have found seven other users who have neck pain as a protector on their maps. I've interviewed a couple of them and their responses were similar to yours Helen.
When people get neck pain, they may do a variety of things - apply a heat pad, lie down, stretch. Therefore, all of these things become associated with that person's neck pain. So my first question to anyone with an unexpected protector or trigger is, "What things were you doing when you recorded that factor?" That's why, in our initial interview I asked, "What do you do when you get neck pain?"