I am 19 years old and in college and about a month ago right after finals I started getting a constant headache in the back region of my head (lower right towards the neck). My doctor claims its a tension headache. But now the headaches have been replaced with a tingling sensation that often only lasts for a few minutes. The headaches return every other day or so, but are not as constant as before. It can be tender to the touch sometimes. I am so scared that this is a tumor. Does anyone know what this might be? please help. thank you.
Migraine and cluster headaches can be excruciatingly painful and debillitating. Many classic migraines are often accompanied by "an aura" experienced from half-an-hour to moments before the pain starts. Auras vary by individuals - most people experience a visual disturbance. The most common auras are: zig-zag lines, or blacking out of a part of the visual field. Aural [hearing-related] auras can also occur. Some people experience extreme tactile sensitivity. So as you can see, the symptoms can vary considerably.
The duration of migraines can vary from a few minutes to weeks; the duration depends on the specific class of migraine.
Other typical symptoms associated with migraine include nausea/vomiting, vertigo, photo [light], noise and smell sensitivity.
If you do suffer from migraine or cluster headaches, you may have to endure a lot of trial and error before you are able to manage your headaches. The good news is that there are meds that can help prevent or reduce the severity of these headaches.
Once your acute phase is resolved, for the long-term it's usually best to find some type of non-drug solution.
Final comment from a long-term migraine sufferer: read up on your symptoms. See your doctor again, and if you don't get some answers/help, change doctors. BTW - your age is pretty typical for migraine onset, mine started around the same age and while an undergraduate. The best advice I got then was from a pharmacist: treat it fast, and treat it hard. This pharmacist also recommended taking two extra-strength Tylenol with two cups of super-strong coffee [caffeine is a recognized migraine med] the moment I experienced any of the warning signs [auras].
[This message has been edited by Jay Tor (edited 02-01-2003).]
Mine start in the same spot. Lower head on right at top of neck. Once they start, there's no stopping them. Tried Esgic-Plus. Didn't work. Going to try oral Imitrex for the noxt one. By the way, I'm a 22 yr old female, and my headaches started about 19 or 20 yrs old. Tips, identify your triggers. Some of mine are being tired, alcohol, and heat. Once you even think you have one coming on, dose it. Try Advil Migraine (2-3) for starts then go for the hard stuff.