Cervical after eating

Cervical vertebrae pain after a lunch or dinner can have multiple causes.

Not just cold snaps or muscle trauma… From dental malocclusion to disorders of the digestive system: here are some situations in which pain in the cervical vertebrae, also known as cervicalgia, can arise near meals.

Dental malocclusion

Gingivitis, oblique or low jaws or lack of a molar can cause dental malocclusion: in other words, during chewing the teeth do not touch properly.

In particular, if the jaw and its joints move asymmetrically during chewing, a contraction of the mandibular musculature occurs. Contraction which, in turn, is transmitted to the surrounding muscles and nerves.

By working incorrectly, muscles tend to sore and become inflamed. In the long run, this results in a whole host of possible ailments including migraines, jaw pain and cervicalgia.

Digestive problems

Cervicalgia is a symptom considered generic, but which, in special cases, can be related to some diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract.

An example is gastritis, characterized by more or less severe pain in the stomach: in rare cases the painful sensation can extend to the cervical vertebrae.

The speech is more complex in the case of digestive disorders affecting organs such as the gallbladder: it is a small organ located on the right side of the abdomen, near the liver. Its role is to secrete bile, which is involved in the digestive process.

There are several pathologies that can involve the gallbladder, including inflammation and gallstones. If it does not perform its function properly, the digestive system has difficulty during digestion.

Difficulty that can be perceived as heaviness, nausea or pain, even very intense. And, sometimes, the pain can also occur in more distant body districts.

Like, for example, in the upper part of the spine, especially at the level of the cervical vertebrae.

In fact, episodes of biliary colic characterized by the onset of pain, often after meals very rich in fatty and / or fried foods, which tends to increase progressively, have been reported. It can last from 30 minutes until it reaches 3 hours, radiating to the shoulders, intrascapular and cervical region.

Cervical, headache or food intolerance?

Sometimes, it’s not just about pain in the cervical vertebrae. It is often a malaise that originates at the level of the head (headache), localized in specific areas such as the nape or one side of the skull, and then extends to the neck, causing muscle tension. Until it becomes real cervicalgia.

The so-called end-of-meal headache can be caused by an alternation of dilation and narrowing of blood vessels in the brain, which “disturb” intracranial circulation causing pain. A phenomenon that represents the sign of a probable hypersensitivity or food intolerance.

In these cases, it is important to observe the presence or absence of other signs or symptoms, such as rashes, reduced blood pressure or nausea.

In the presence of these signs, it is good to consult your doctor, to clarify the cause of the disorder and, in case of intolerance, plan a special diet.

But be careful not to confuse a food intolerance with a real allergy. In the table the differences between the two conditions.

Allergy Intolerance
Symptoms It can manifest itself with various types of reaction, such as itching and swelling in the lips and palate, difficulty breathing, etc. Predominantly gastro-intestinal symptoms
Period of event A few minutes to a maximum of two hours after ingestion of food containing the allergen Rarely symptoms appear immediately after ingestion of a food to which you are intolerant
Involvement of the immune system Yes No

Joycelyn Elders is the author and creator of EmpowerEssence, a health and wellness blog. Elders is a respected public health advocate and pediatrician dedicated to promoting general health and well-being.

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