Hi,I've been having pain on the left side of my head on and off for about five years now.it sometime gets so bad all i can do is lay very still and pop a few excedrins.but the odd thing is the pain seams to stay with me throughout the day not bad but noticeable.my fear is i have a brain tumor and I'm terrified to see a doctor crazy i know.I also suffer neck pain on the same side.does anyone ever suffer this type of headache.please any advice would be great.thank you
Go and see a doctor and get an MRI scan done to put your mind at rest.
Also, I think you would probably benefit from seeing a chiropractor as this is extremely good for neck pain causing headaches. Normally, the tension in the muscles of the neck cause these headaches and once you have had some manipulation done, you could feel a lot better.
Also, I would also recommend acupuncture. The fact that you have pain at the side of the head and neck suggests that you have stagnation in the Gallbladder Meridian, which runs all along the side of the neck and the side of the neck. Acupuncture is great for headaches and pain and helping you to relax generally.
Hi Kissfan, do you have any other symptoms? I also suffer from head pains- stabbing- knife like left side top of head (three years) 7 weeks ago my right side top, experienced the same pains (1st attack on this side) pain was excruciating for 5 days, layed up in bed on vicoden 1st, then doc switch me to mepergan fortes. (Left side)- ER just shoots me up with averg. of 5 shots of morphine (one right after the other thru IV) then sends me home with exta strengh Vicoden. ER docs think its nerve damage related for sure to brain poss. to spine as well. Can't afford tests to find out
I've had migraines for 27 years now and they are always on the left side of my head. The worst spot is right above my left eye a bit towards my nose.
I've seen every specialist, chiropractor, dentist, homeopath within 1000 miles of where I live and I have bad migraine headaches that they can't stop from coming.
It is important to have your Dr. do a full check up on you and send you to a Neurologist just to rule out some 'bad' things that could be causing the pain. The sooner you rule that out the sooner you might be able to find something to stop the pain from happening.
Some people have been helped by going to a chiropractor and some have been hurt going to one. Best to get a recc. from people that you know if you decide to go that route.
Preventative medications - according to the latest results I've read - help approx. 48% of migraineurs. Some of them have not very nice side effects but if you find something that you tolerate well and it stops your headaches it is well worth it.
I would be real careful with the Exedrin. One goofy thing about migraineurs or regular headache sufferers is 'rebound headaches'. For some people if they take too many analgesics their bodies actually gives them a headache that mimics a migraine. Then you feed it the analgesics that it wants and you end up in the middle of an awful cycle. And it doesn't have to be a Rx med. either, it can happen with simple aspirin or tylenol. There is much debate about how frequent rebound headaches happen and about how many days a week is OK to take analgesics without running the risk of getting rebound headaches.
Depending on how often you get these headaches your Dr. may also give you one of the triptans to try the next time you get a headache. These are meds. like Imitrex, Amerge etc.. They are pretty strong meds. but have helped many migraineurs.
Someone suggested accupuncture which also might benefit you. Unlike other types of treatments, there is no down side to it - if it doesn't stop your headaches it will at least make you feel better. Massage therapy might also help.
But no-one should be prescribing anything over the internet and you really need to go to your Dr.. One of my fav. sayings is posted in my chiropractors office. It says,
"The five most dangerous words in the english language"
Have you tried acupuncture yourself? Pain around the eye lies on the Liver Meridian and pain around the nose lies on the Stomach Meridian, so I would suspect that some of your migraines could be caused by what is known as Liver Qi Stagnation.
If you have tried chriopractic and homeopathy without success, why not try acupuncture?
Just out of interest, do you know what triggered your first migraine attack 27 years ago? If you can find the cause of your migraines, then you may be able to solve them.
I have simptons similar to kissfan but mine are not off and on. Instead I have this pain on the left side of my head everytime I stand up. I have know Idea what this is about or what I'm suppose to do about it. The pain is on the left side of my forehead above my left eye. Everytime I stand up to do something and start walking I feel that same sharp pain. The only thing I do is stop in place and wait for it to stop hurting. It doesn't come back until I sit down and stand up again. This is not normal for me it only started the beginning of this year. Does anyone know what the problem might be or better yet how I can fix it.
I'm having the same symptoms as HlpMeImHurt. This started very suddenly as a bad headache after returning from a road trip. After I went to sleep and woke up the next morning I had the pain above my left eye every time I stand up or even just bend over slightly and then stand up straight again. It's so bad I have to just wait for the pain to subside after about 20 seconds or less. I'm already regularly seeing a chiropractor, and this doesn't seem to have anything to do with it. Any suggestions?