Monday, February 4, 2013

Neck Dissection

I have a relative who went through neck dissection (left side) and now has migraines almost every day. The pain begins at the base of the neck, moves up past the ear and settles in the head. He was given pain medications (which are not very effective) and was told that the migraines are a result of auricular nerve damage. He has been taken to the ER twice with excruciating head pain and seizures. Can you advise of a treatment/surgery to alleviate the pain and would you recommend getting a second opinion? Thank you 

Barbara Messing, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S replies...

It is not possible to recommend a treatment or surgery. The symptoms you describe should be evaluated completely by a head and neck surgeon. I would advise going back to the head and neck surgeon who performed the neck dissection. If your relative feels a second opinion is needed for a full understanding of the underlying problem and for symptom management then yes a second opinion is always helpful.

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