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Old 08-19-2011, 01:43 PM   #1
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Constant headaches for 7 months

Hi,

I am a 23 year old male living in Canada.

I seek your help and advices for I have been experiencing headaches EVERYDAY for the past 7 months. It seemed to have started with a bad cold or sinusitis at the beginning of February.
The pain level can go from 2-3, (usual daily headache), to about 6-7 where itís close to a migraine and I canít concentrate or do anything.

- I have had a MRI in 2009, due to a swimming accident where I hit my head on the side of the pool, but nothing showed up.
- I have had a CT in April 2011 and nothing showed up either.
- Iíve seen a Sinus (ORL Specialist) and said that my headaches didnít come from a sinus infection. I was prescribed various Antibiotics for sinus infection and didnít seem to help either.
- Iíve seen a Neurologist and she prescribe me Elavils, which I took for a month and then stopped because it didnít help the headaches, only made me sleepy all day and even more depressed.
- Iíve tried chiropractic (for months with 2 different chiropractors)
- Iíve also tried Acupuncture, physiotherapy, osteopathy and nothing seemed to help.

Nothing seems to directly trigger my headaches so please take a look at my symptoms that Iíve summed up over the past 7 months since February. I am fed up, sick and tired of this, I shouldnít live like this at 23 years old. I used to exercise a lot and be active but canít anymore. So please..

Symptoms :

Headache everyday 7 months - No relief (No completely headache free days)
Forehead headache sometimes, pain when touching forehead.
Headache can vary from the back, lower back, sides, temple, and back of the neck.
I sometimes wake up from sleep when headache is too strong.
Dizziness when getting up after lying down. Also, wind sensation in my head. (Dizziness, heaviness)
Swollen Lymph Nodes (Armpits), it happened 7 to 8 times during the 7 months
Stiffneck every 1-2 days.
Fatigue!!!
Running eye sometimes
Back pain (lower back), could be due to my work in the past.
Sometimes I get depressed when headache is too strong.
The headaches causes extra stress and Iíve had about 4-5 sleepless nights in the last 6 months.
Loss of appetite sometimes when headache is too strong
Sometimes headache is worse when bending down. (Pressure is worse)

Advils, Tylenols, Motrin does not seem to help at all.

Please, any help or person with same symptoms is more than welcome.

 
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:42 PM   #2
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

Looks like I didnt have lymph nodes under my armpits, but Cysts.. oh welll

I did a couple of new tests today, for the thyroid gland and Mononucleosis.
And alot more tests are in the waiting..
Any other advices are MORE than welcome!

thank you

 
Old 08-24-2011, 11:13 AM   #3
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

Hey man, I feel your pain also, I have had the same problem since December, and I have also had migraines since I was 12. I experience some of the same symptoms, and if it helps ask whoever you see the most often, to try toradol, its a injection or it also comes in pill form. I have had some success with it however it hasn't taken care of my headaches completely, although it does relieve it for me for about a day. And sometimes thats all you need, to just help retain hope. I hope all goes well for you.

 
Old 08-25-2011, 08:47 AM   #4
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

whats up bud, im 23 also, exact symptoms started in september 2010 for me. I have tried all the same things as you with no success.

In addition:

Sinus surgery
Wisdom Teeth extraction

Don't waste your time with those...

Is it more of a pressure or headache? Mine is a pressure, I think it started after taking doxycycline or another anti viral med. Do you remember a specific drug or anything you took or the exact time it started?

I'm fed up as well, feel like im losing the best years of my life to this bs. hit me up

 
Old 08-25-2011, 10:24 AM   #5
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

I had a headache about 10 years ago, that lasted a year! After many doctors, sinus surgery, and a long wait for the pain clinic, I finally figured it out on my own, that the thyroid medication I was taking, was causing the headache, and I didn't need it anymore. Now I have a new type of headache, in the right, top, side of my head, that I've had for almost 5 weeks, and that's why I'm here. I can't blame it on any medication this time, so I'm very frustrated. It seems to get worse as the day goes on, and Ibuprofen doesn't help much. My MRI was good, so I guess I just have a headache for no reason.

 
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

Unfortunately I'm going on about 6-7 months over here! I also do get debilitating migraines, but I seem to know what causes those for me (mostly hormones in my case or certain triggers), but I have these other aches that I'm still working on getting rid of. In my case, it seems to be related to spine issues, although I'm not completely sure WHAT is going on with my spine. I was diagnosed with a bulging cervical disc and went through physical therapy, but I feel pretty similar after going through a lot of therapy.

Like you, I also don't get relief from over the counter medications. I take Maxalt MLT for my migraines and sometimes it works well when I combine it with a lot of caffeine or Excedrin Migraine at the same time, but other days it won't work or I vomit too much to keep it down. I don't take it for the daily headaches because I only get 12 pills per month. Plus, it isn't a migraine that I get, but it can potentially trigger a migraine.

For me I have the pain and pressure in the base of my skull and top of my neck, and it radiates upwards to my temples when it gets worse. It's a very deep and constant ache and affects me more than a tension headache, yet it isn't as severe as my migraines. Headaches similar to what I described very often are related to damaged neck structures. Problem is, I have no idea what I did to cause this!

TMJ disorder or clenching the jaw can also cause these symptoms. Drastic treatment like surgeries often don't completely treat the problem, so I'm still trying to learn more about it and can possibly help. Just something else to keep in mind as a possibility.

I'm sorry that you guys go through this I'll certainly post updates on here if I learn anything more! I'm seeing a new doctor tomorrow for a second opinion. It's hard for me to get through the day at work and staying home is not an option for me, so I Know how important it is to feel good and like yourself.

PS - Since my doctor diagnosed the neck problems, they did put me on muscle relaxers so the muscles don't go into overdrive trying to provide extra support, but I did not notice any difference from them! I actually notice a slight improvement when drinking alcohol since it "numbs" me.

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Old 08-30-2011, 06:23 AM   #7
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

Have you been in a car accident within the last year?

Did you get checked for Lyme?

How about the spinal fluid pressure? do you think your doc would check that?

 
Old 08-30-2011, 06:29 AM   #8
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

Do you sleep on your back? you should try, with your (at knees) feet elevated...? Or on your sides. Don't sleep on your belly...bad for headache people...it messes with your spine which may trigger a headache...

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Old 08-30-2011, 06:35 AM   #9
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

I see a neurologist for my daily headaches. Currently taking Topamax. FYI: (Antidepressants side affects were too bothersome for me, even if the med worked for pain, after a horrible moth of side affects!!!pain relief is not immediate!!!) Sounds like you probably should still be seeing a neurologist. Esp. with the leaky eye thing?

I thought about seeing a chiropractor more myself... I went once...kinda creeped out..and didn't go back..I had a real bad headache though...LOL

What made you not return?

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Old 08-30-2011, 07:55 PM   #10
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

I also agree about avoiding sleeping on your stomach! My doctor told me this during my first visit and said to immediately try sleeping on my side. Even sleeping on your back can cause headaches for some people! Just something to look out for, especially if your headache is there first thing in the morning too. For me, it usually worsens throughout the day, but when it's worst in the morning or at least the same, something wasn't going right through the night (whether it be how you sleep or teeth clenching/grinding).

I was also considering a chiropractor but am thinking about it a little more after many people warned me about getting your neck adjusted. Supposedly getting your back adjusted is far more safe and has less risks involved than the neck. Stressless37 - do you get your neck adjusted? I got a bit nervous after various people kept warning me about the risk of paralysis, but I sure hope this is a very small risk!

 
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

I only went once to chiro...I tried traction yesterday at PT instead of massage. I liked it and no headache today,,?

 
Old 08-31-2011, 04:28 PM   #12
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

Wow, what the heck is going on? I woke up on May 15th with a bad headache and have not had a single symptom free day since then. That is only 3 1/2 months for me, nothing compared to 7 months (or years as I have read others having).

I do not have a migraine every day, but I still get those about 3 or 4 times a week. I was only getting migraines maybe 3 or 4 times a months before this episode. And I'm not so sure it's not more than that and I am getting better at managing life with constant dull and throbbing pain and now only recognize the sever pain. I do know when I feel really good and I can say with certainty that only happens in about half day spurts a few times a week.

I've had one Botox treatment and will have the second treatment in about 6 weeks. My headache specialist neurologist asked that I see a sleep specialist neurologist and I am very glad I did. After a sleep study we found out I have restless leg syndrome and that I get no REM sleep and only 1% stage 3 sleep. So basically no restorative sleep. So they are are thinking that my body is not healing and perhaps that is why this cycle will not end. They also did a test of my sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system and found that to be "out of balance". Which explains why my eyes are constantly dilated.

As long as the doctors are working on a plan I have hope. The thought of this going on for months and months is .... really scary. I was laid off very recently so I am not sure if I am feeling a little better because I am not doing as much. I do know that when I get out to do things, that I don't feel as good that night or the next day. It's a vicious circle - I'd like to exercise a little to see if that would help, but I get so dizzy and nauseous when I do too much plus I've become weaker because I have not done much in nearly 4 months.

I mainly wanted to chime in to say that a sleep study can be quite useful in finding underlying issues as well.

Good luck and God bless

 
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:12 PM   #13
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Hi, I've had the same headache for 4 months now. Some days are more bearable than others but it is always there. I have the leaky eye thing too with the lymph nodes and all the rest. The neurologist diagnosed it as hemicrania continua. You should look it up and ask your doctor about it. They say if you take indomethicin it is like a silver bullet for it. I haven't taken it because I'm pregnant but if this continues after the baby is born I am definitely going to try it. I am taking prednisone and it seems to help while I'm on it. Having a week or so of no headaches is really nice, but the side effects of the prednisone are not the most fun thing in the world. Good luck!

 
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:11 AM   #14
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

hi, ive just noticed your post, and i have the exact same as you.ive had really bad headaches for 7 months, but my right temple is really tender. ive got all the same symptoms as you, i cant bend down. Every morning i wake up i have this really bad pain at the bottom of my back. im only 16 and find it weird that i have all these. im awaiting an MRI soon, but was just wondering if you found any more information about your headaches?

 
Old 10-25-2011, 10:01 PM   #15
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Re: Constant headaches for 7 months

Well, thanks for all the posts... So many people.. im amazed.

So, Ive seen another ORL, gave me Nasonex but nothing more.. he doesnt think its realted to the sinuses like the other orl thought the same.

And im gojng to my 2nd rendez vous to the neurologist next week...
For now, nothing helped.. I went ot see a Naturologist (Naturopathe) he simply touches my faces and talks to me all the session long. And I went to the chiropractor 3 TIMES A WEEK, but its a special chiropractor, not cracking or anything but acting on the nervous system amd barely touching. It didnt seem to help and I tried for almost 2-3 months heh.
The headaches went from sevre to mild-poor to almost gone for about 2 weeks about a month ago (during the 9 months of constant headaches)and i thought everything was gone. I was even ready to apply for a new job and stuff but the day after I decided that they were back.
AND EVERY hour of the day I can feel them.. like maybe 2-3 nours per day that I dont, or when I sleep and when it doesnt wake me.. Its like a headband.. like one of you said, it can start off in the morning and go lesser or more severe during the day.. I can feel it more iun the temples if its more severe. (my girlfriend said I was cleching grinding my teeth ALOT at night)

So, im getting more and more depressed.. I dont know if its a depression causing the headaches or if its them causing the depression.. but definitly, if you have a headachre 24h a day, and you stop working, exercising, almost seeing your friends... you will get depressed and thats what is happening to me.. Its affected me in every situation and part of my day.. At school I cant concentrate, with my girlfriend im irritated eeasily, as with my friends.. I seriously am depressed, I cry everyday now and that never happened.. If the headaches are worse, I cry more... Im hopeless and Im scared, everything seems to be falling apart and I dont wanna live like this noo more.. I got a rendez vous with a psychologist 14th november.. cus I found that talking helps me a bit sometimes so... yea... it may be psychological but ***...

 
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