What is causing these unrelenting stabbing head pain and dizziness?

My 78 year-old mother fell on her head violently in an accident. Since then she has has bouts of dizziness and stabbing posterior hedaches. It comes and goes. She recently consulted a neurologist. She already had a beneign MRI and CAtScan of the brain. I feel helpless. She is otherwise healthy and exercises. She is slender and eats well. the neuro. put her on Antivert and has tests of the brain planned for next week. Help.

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  • How awful for your poor mum. Has she had her eyes looked at recently? Sometimes the optical areas can be affected in falls. Head pain could stem from optical problems. Just a thought. Best of luck.x

  • Hello

    Sorry for your Mam, sometimes this problem can come from the neck , When they look at the head look at the neck she may have bounced her neck when she fell or if she was involved in a car accident a whiplash injury.


  • I had an accident on my bike and I have problems with headaches, and I have also developed other problems around the area between shoulder blades that has moved up into my ears and top of head.

    When you say posterior ,do you mean her bottom, or the back of head, because I know if I press parts of my bottom it can change the pain up in my neck and head, but the bloody nerves can cause so many differing pressures in the back of the head and neck causing strange sensations.

    I feel for her as that area in the back of head and neck is complicated and believe me getting a true diagnosis can be bloody difficult, give her my best wishes Alex

  • It is worth looking for muscle spasms. This is McTimony chiropractic territory. It is also territory where they is a need to observe and see what happens. What I say in what follows may be correct as to what is happening or may incorrect as to what is happening.

    Muscle spasms will interfere with blood flow to and from the brain. They could also interfere with eye movement if the spasm occurs in a particular place. This sounds far fetched until consideration is given to the spinal feedback regulation of movement.

    The eyes and balance are related if something interferes with the required movement of the eyes under certain conditions dizziness will result. If a muscle spasm is pulling the head off its position of balance then the balance regulation in the head will be affected and you can get dizziness.

    A muscle spasm can cause muscles to tighten elsewhere and this could cause headaches.

    An Alexander Teacher can help restore the head to its natural position of alignment if it has become misaligned. However Alexander teachers are not very good at dealing with muscle spasms where a muscle has decided to lock. The issue of muscles locking are the area of a chiropractor, or massage therapist.

    A neurologist will be able to check that there are no lesions , strokes or other damage. A neurologist knows virtually nothing about the effect of spinal reflexes and muscle spasms.

    Hope this helps

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