dlynn wrote:Dr. Sclafani,
Is it possible that muscle tension in the neck/shoulder area could cause compression of the vessels? Is a tension headache caused by constricted vessels? Could chronic leg pain be caused by an insufficient blood supply (somewhere)? Could poor blood supply also cause the myelin sheath to die?
Muscle compression of the internal jugular veins is well known. It is usually relieved by turning or flexing or extending the neck. Even opening the mouth may have such effect. Tension headaches have many possible causes and spasm of arteries is one of them. I have noted that venous congestion in the back of the neck often is associated with tension and pain near the base of the skull in the back. it is sometimes relieved after venoplasty.
chronic leg pain may be caused by nerve compressions like disk herniations, neuropathies, venous obstructions aand venous incompetency and arterial stenoses from arteriosclerosis. Chronic leg pain is a very complicated subject.