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Back of head and neck pain when waking up


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18 months off Clonazepam. When I wake up its like i have a headache in the back of my head and neck. Sometimes it feels numb on the back of my head. Anyone else get this? Could this be from laying on those nerves on the back of my head? My only remaining symptoms are head and neck pressue!! I know clonazepam can also be a muscle relaxer (or something like that) so maybe the muscles in my neck are just going wacko right now!! Any help would be great! Just trying to make sure its nothing serious!
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Headaches and muscle spasms are common in withdrawal. I'm so sorry you're suffering with symptoms. 

 

Here's what it says about this in The Ashton Manual

 

Benzodiazepines are efficient muscle relaxants and are used clinically for spastic conditions ranging from spinal cord disease or injury to the excruciating muscle spasms of tetanus or rabies. It is therefore not surprising that their discontinuation after long-term use is associated with a rebound increase in muscle tension. This rebound accounts for many of the symptoms observed in benzodiazepine withdrawal. Muscle stiffness affecting the limbs, back, neck and jaw are commonly reported, and the constant muscle tension probably accounts for the muscle pains which have a similar distribution. Headaches are usually of the "tension headache" type, due to contraction of muscles at the back of the neck, scalp and forehead - often described as a "tight band around the head". Pain in the jaw and teeth is probably due to involuntary jaw clenching, which often occurs unconsciously during sleep.

 

At the same time, the nerves to the muscles are hyperexcitable, leading to tremor, tics, jerks, spasm and twitching, and jumping at the smallest stimulus. All this constant activity contributes to a feeling of fatigue and weakness ("jelly-legs"). In addition, the muscles, especially the small muscles of the eye, are not well co-ordinated, which may lead to blurred or double vision or even eyelid spasms (blepharospasm).

 

None of these symptoms is harmful, and they need not be a cause of worry once they are understood. The muscle pain and stiffness is actually little different from what is regarded as normal after an unaccustomed bout of exercise, and would be positively expected, even by a well-trained athlete, after running a marathon.

 

There are many measures that will alleviate these symptoms, such as muscle stretching exercises as taught in most gyms, moderate exercise, hot baths, massage and general relaxation exercises. Such measures may give only temporary relief at first, but if practised regularly can speed the recovery of normal muscle tone - which will eventually occur spontaneously.

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I have this. Sometimes I'll wake up and find myself clenching my teeth or my jaw will be jutted out in an underbite. It's really weird. I have a headache and neck ache every morning. Coffee, self massage, and work on my foam roller and roller ball usually can produce relief enough such that I go on about my day. It seems to fade after a few hours, but stress in the day can bring it back.

 

Mornings are by far the worst time for me and the head and neck stuff are my most troubling symptoms. If I can't relax or take time to massage out the spasms it can transform into a full blown migraine.

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Do you feel very tight muscles in your neck and face? As if constrained?

I read that you had an MRI. Was there muscle spasticity before the MRI?

Constant muscle tension in the medical language is called dystonia.

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Yes. My neck is so tight I can barely move my head when I wake up. It usually gets better as the day wears on, but not always. In a wave - like I am now - I literally have a severe tension headache from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed.

 

I had CT scans with and without contrast on my brain. They found nothing. If I had an MRI that would have been part of the same battery of tests and the results were the same: nothing remarkable. To be honest I had so many tests back then I don't even remember what I had.

 

My experience with this head stuff is it did eventually go away the first time I healed. I believe it will go away again but it's really difficult to take.

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Since I have a problem with the muscles of the neck and head, I re-read the entire forum on this topic. I concluded that this is a rather persistent symptom, unfortunately
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I had this during two different periods of time and both times it went away but it was a  long time, what I did was sleep with a bit guard and I slept with the travel pillow that pillow like a U shaped.  It really helped, or sometimes I had a very flat single pillow. Then like it came it just went away.
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I have horrible tension in my neck and shoulders, which results in very debilitating and unrelenting headaches!  Has anyone gotten any relief?  If I could get rid of the headaches, my withdrawal at 6 1/2 months would be a lot more bearable :).  Hope everyone is relatively pain free :smitten:
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The headaches, head pressure, and neck pain/pressure are my most troubling symptoms. Lately the pain has been fading in and out throughout the day. I'll have a couple hours of relief, then I'll feel like someone dipped my head in acid and attached a vice to my neck.

 

Counterintuitively, sometimes exercise can help. I tried a Gaba supplement and it made it worse. It caused flushing (like Niacin) and anxiety.

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