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Re: constant headaches for 18 months

Re: constant headaches for 18 months

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Posted by LSweenie on July 17, 2000 at 12:14:12:

In Reply to: Re: constant headaches for 18 months posted by Mary on July 17, 2000 at 11:29:45:

: : About 18 months ago I started experiencing constant dull headaches with sharper pains moving around my face and head. At first my doc said it was sinusitis and treated me for that for a while then I saw an ENT specialist who carried out scans and said it wasn't sinusitis but may be a type of migraine. So my doctor put me on Dothiepin which helps me sleep but hasn't taken away the pain. So we then tried Pizotifen which didn't help either and I went to see a neurologist who carried out MRI scans and said it was nothing serious and agreed that it was probably a form of migraine and recommended Propanolol. I tried taking this for a few months without success and then switched back to the Dothiepin because at least it helped me to sleep and my doctor said it is more effective the longer I take it.

: : About 8 years ago when I was 12 I experienced a lot of migraines and it was nothing like I have now. Yes the pain was a lot worse and I would have blind spots etc. but I knew it would only last for a day or two whereas this is with me all the time. I don't know when I last had a day when I didn't have this constant pain in my head and feel exhausted no matter how much I sleep.

: : For the last two months I have been receiving physio but have not had any success with that either. I've also had blood tests for diabetes and thyroid problems but no-one can find out what is wrong with me. My doctor has tried everything she can think of and now tells me I will just have to live with it. That's easy for her to say. I'm just wondering if there's anyone out there who could give me any advice as to what I could try.
: Time to head back to the neurologist or change neurologist. The are about a zillion medications that can be tried for chronic headaches so trying just a few and then telling you that you have to live with the pain is nonsense. Have you tried Nortriptyline yet? This is a very old antidepressant but is working well for my husband. Also I have read where many posters have gotten relief from using a bite guard type device at night. Don't let the doctor give up so easily on finding a solution for you. Good Luck.

Thanks. I haven't tried Nortriptyline. Just now I'm just trying to find out as much info as I can
about what has helped others to take back to my doc to try and convince her not to give up. I saw her last week and she said i'd just have to live with it and keep taking the Dothiepin for 6 months and then go back and see her.

The neurologist I saw said his job was just to make sure there wasn't anything seriously wrong with me and once he had made sure of that he wasn't interested.

I also saw my dentist to see if it could be TMJ or something to do with my bite but he says it's nothing dental.

I get the impression most of the people on here are from America. Well I'm from Scotland and our medical system is rather different. I used to think that if I lived in the US then I'd probably have been cured a long time ago... i guess not...

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