November 10, 2011
Research on neck tightness as a cause of eye pain
This is work in progress, a placeholder.
Perhaps the best article: http://www.round-earth.com/HeadPainIntro.html
Over 20 muscles (primarily of the neck) refer pain to the head. Several refer pain specifically to the eye.
The 5th cranial nerve** called the Trigeminal nerve innervates the sensation to the face and is located in the upper neck region. Another cranial nerve, cranial nerve #2 innervates the sensation to the back of the head up to the top. Problems located in the upper neck region will often result in pain radiating up from the base of the skull/upper neck to the eyes and/or face [source]
"The neck muscle has pressure on the nerve Sub scapular (comes between C5 and C6), the nerve goes up into Sinusitis; from Sinusitis I have atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia. " [Source]
Trigeminal neuralgia (Tic douloureux)
This is the most prevalent disorder of the trigeminal nerve. It happens generally in middle and late ages and consists of extreme paroxysms of excruciating discomfort in the distribution of the mandibular and maxillary divisions and seldom in the Ophthalmic division. The attack rarely lasts over a minute, but it is so extreme that the patient winces. The attacks recur regularly for a number of weeks at a time and they are normally precipitated through stimuli applied to particular locations of the face, lips or tongue, or by way of movement of these components in chewing, speech or yawning (the cause zones). Commonly there is no demonstrable cause. At times trigeminal neuralgia may possibly be a symptom of involvement of the trigeminal nerve, in several sclerosis, basilar artery aneurysm or a tumor in the cerebellopontine angle. The symptomatic range really should be suspected in the presence of sensory involvement which is not a characteristic of idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia. [Source]