Join Date: Jun 2012
| | Teen with Possible Adrenal Fatigue and Chronic Headaches! - HELP!
For about 2.5 years, I have been suffering with chronic daily headache. The headaches have been progressively getting worse with fluctuating intensity: some days better, some days worse.
When I wake up, the headache is the most intense. I feel exhausted and unable to do anything with no appetite. The pain is equally distributed behind my eyes, and on my forehead. After about a few hours, I feel a bit better, but I still have the headache. Around half way through the day, my headache reaches a second climax, and I feel unable to do the majority of my school activities. Near the end of the day, the headache gets progressively better, until it is at its best right before bed. Before bed, I still have the headache, but I am more able and alert than any other time during the day. Then I go back to sleep, and the headache resumes. Because of this never ending hell, I have missed an immense amount of school, and I have been unable to participate in school activities that I would love to join. Also worth mentioning, eating makes the headache much worse. About 30 minutes after eating, the headache worsens quite a lot.
I am currently taking no medications, and I rarely take pain relievers because they don't work. Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and Aspirin do not work on me, and relieve little to no pain. Just out of curiosity, I tried antihistamines like Benadryl with no success either, and caffeine, like coffee, doesn't help either. In case you're wondering, I don't drink coffee.
What I have tested for:
Head MRI - Normal
3 Blood tests - Normal, no infections, but elevated bilirubin levels and low alkaline phosphates (which I have no explanation for)
Sleep patterns - I have tried sleeping more, sleeping less, sleeping at the same time, with no improvement
Water intake - I have tried drinking more, drinking less, and drinking regularly with no improvement
Health - I am a healthy weight, with normal blood pressure and blood sugar, but I have lost 10 pounds since last year, even though I grew a few inches, and I have had trouble gaining weight.
Food - I have tried eating a low sugar, low fat, low salt vegan diet for 2 weeks with no improvement
Oxygen levels during sleep - I underwent a sleep study, and it revealed that I have no sleep disorders except I twitch my leg and move a lot when I sleep, but that is not a big problem.
Allergies - I have tried cutting out milk, nuts, and other common food allergies with no improvement. I have seen an allergist; however, she did not recommend skin testing, so I am unsure if I have allergies to maybe dust mites
Eating times - I have tried eating at regular intervals, not eating before bed, eating after waking up, and various other patterns with no improvement
Body Temperature - I bought a thermometer to see if I had irregular internal temperature, and it was always normal
Stress - I do experience stress every once in a while; however, overall, I am not a stressed person
Eye strain - I stopped using my computer for 2 weeks and I read as minimally as I could, with no improvement. I saw an eye doctor who said that my eyes and eye muscles were completely normal.
Teeth - I don't clench my teeth, and I tried sleeping with a mouth guard with no success
Deficiencies - I have tried taking iron supplements (even though my iron, folic acid, and B12 deficiency tests were normal) with no success. I have also tried Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin D-3, Panothenic Acid (B5), Calcium, Omega Fats, and daily multivitamins with no success.
I would greatly appreciate if anyone could provide input and help me! I should not be experiencing this nightmare at 15 years old (BTW, I am a male), and I am desperate to find the cause and regain my life back. I have seen at least 6 doctors (not all headache specialists) with no avail, and I am incredibly frustrated. Does anyone think I have Adrenal Fatigue?
Once again, thanks!