I have been having constant headaches for over 5 years now. There have been no changes in my lifestyle or health that indicate the cause of my headaches. For the most part, the headahces are tolerable, but sometimes become migraines. They occur in my temples and around my eyes. When a migraine sets in, my entire head hurts. There has NEVER been a time in the past 5 years when I didn't have a headache.
I have taken prescription migraine medicines, muscle relaxants, over the counter medications, chiropractics, acupuncture, physical therapy, 2 sinus surgeries, and stress relief. Nothing has helped in the slightest.
Does this sound familiar to anyone?
I am going to see a headache specialist next month, and hopefully can get some better answers then. The odd thing, is that I have never had an MRI or Cat Scan of my brain.
[This message has been edited by tinahay (edited 11-20-2002).]
CT scan and MRI should have been the first thing they did when you went to the doc for the headaches. You mentioned migraine meds but have they tried any of the preventative meds on you? Also have you been tested for allergies? Another frequent cause of headaches is diet soda. Aspartamine has been known to cause lots of undiagnosed headaches. MSG is another big trigger and is found in lots of foods. Also be sure you are not using over the counter pain meds more than once or twice a week as this can easily cause rebound headaches.
Funny you should mention the diet soda issue...I am also a Type I diabetic and have been drinking about 1 diet soda ever other day for the past 19 years (but my headaches have only been occurring for the past 5 years). I wonder if there is some corrolation. Do you happen to know of any web sites detailing information on Aspartamine and it's possible cause of headaches?
I have not taken any over the counter medications in a year or 2 because nothing works. I have had allergy tests, which showed no major allergies (very minor allergies to dust mites, oak and pet dander). I am pretty sure that of the two migraine prescriptions I have taken in the past, one was preventative, and one was to be taken at the onset of a migraine.
I did find it strange that I have never had an MRI or CT scan, considering all the doctors I have been to and all the tests that I have taken.
Thanks for your suggestions. I just want this pain to go away. I feel so lethargic, and don't have enough energy to do all the things that I want to do (keep the house spotless (like I used to before the headaches), spend more time with my husband and kids, sleep less, workout.
Since they only tried one preventative medication on you then they certainly did not do a very good job of trying to treat the headaches. If you read some of my other posts you will find that there are about a dozen different medications that can be tried for headache prevention as well as many many new ones to try taking at the onset of a headache. Without a CT scan or MRI I don't have a clue how they could have been treating you all along since they don't even know if there is a physical problem that could be causing your headaches.
Here is one part of the aspartamine/headache and other problems item.
It is our opinion that whether or not every small detail of the article is correct, the essence of the article is relevant. The essence is that aspartame contains methanol (and methanol cannot be made non-poisonous) which breaks down in the body. The methanol and its metabolic byproducts are bound to have damaging effects on the human body if taken in consistently high doses. Those who consume a lot of diet sodas or cook with Nutri-Sweet are the most likely to have the symptoms. And while the symptom list she provides is quite extensive, remember that the symptoms of methanol poisoning are also extensive I do think the first thing that needs to be done is the x-rays to rule out any physical cause for your headache and then for some headache prevention since not much has been tried for you yet. You mention they are sending you to a headache clinic so hopefully they will run all the proper tests once they look at your records.
The neurologist that I am going to see next month specializes in headaches, and is very well known in Florida. Like you indicated, hopefully he will run any and all necessary tests to determine what is causing my headaches.
I personally don't have anything against my primary care doctor (who is also my endocrinologist), but it amazes me that with today's technology, so many people are suffering from unexplained headaches and migraines. There is a reason and a cause for every ailment that we experience.
I will definitely look at your other posts. Thanks again for your information, and suggestions. It's nice to hear what others think, and have experienced in the area of headache treatments, and testing.
hello, i have been reading the messages on headaches and thought maybe someone out therre may be able to help. I have have terrible headaches for 18 years, usually they would go away for a month or two and then return for a month or so. About a month and 1/2 ago i got a headache and it hasnt lef yet, everyday, all day long. I also feel pain at the base of the head where it conects to the neck. I did have a cat scan done and nothing showed up??? Im very tired and cant sleep either. Totally drained. Please if anyone has any ideas, contact me. I thank you very much!!
I had the same problem for years. It went away when I switched to DECAF. Really, it was that simple.
I do not know if you are a coffee drinker, but if you are, try the switch. If you do, the headaches will probably be stronger and more frequent for a couple of days, then if you are like me, they'll go away.
I now only experience the headaches when I drink too much regular coffee when I'm visiting family, or on vacation.
I am pretty new to this section of the board, and I was reading your post and just had to tell you to ask your doctor about TMJ.
I have suffer from consent headaches since I was about 13yrs I am 23 now, I went to tons of doctors over the years and had thousands of test done and knowone could figure out what the hell was wrong with me! I think they thought I was crazy because they could not find any reason for my pain!
I actually found out about tmj by researching my pain on the internet, the main sympotom I had that was different from a mirgraine was the pain behind my eyes..I see you said you have this! I didnt get all the other problems still later that come along with tmj.... you may want to check out the tmj board you may learn alot of good useful information