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    Old 02-24-2002, 03:47 AM   #1
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    Hi..

    Perhaps someone out there can help me. I get headaches on a daily basis. I never really used to be concerned about it until I started getting a 2-day migraine once a week, as well as having the headaches I already get every day. Lately though, the headaches, just the normal headaches, have been making me nasueous to the point to where I can't eat anything and I feel like vomiting. My "normal" headaches seem to concentrate themselves on the left side, but sometimes it's on the right. They ALWAYS feel like my brain wants to push itself out of my skull-like there's not enough room for my brain in there. The migraines always seem to come on a Thursday and will last til Saturday evening. Sunday, the migraine is gone, but I've still got a regular headache and nausea.
    I've gone to the doctor, several in fact, and they all seem to think there's nothing to be worried about and tell me to just take Ibuprofin or Tylenol. Well, it doesn't work. I have to pop more than the reccommeded daily amount just to get the pain dull enough so I can cope. And this is a regular headache. I've told the doctors that as well, and they tell me not to pop so many tablets, then send me away with a pat on the head.
    The thing is, I'm getting scared. I don't know what's wrong with me, and now I'm having wild thoughts that I could have a tumour or anneurism (can't spell it) or something. What do y'all think? I can't change clinics because I live in England and we have National Health Service. You HAVE to go to the clinic that is closest to your home, and your GP has to refer you if they feel its warranted. I can't just pick and choose doctors unless I went private and I don't have the money to go everywhere and see everyone til I get an answer. Anyway, any insight anyone may have will be most helpful.
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    Old 02-24-2002, 04:03 AM   #2
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    You need to find a doctor that will order a brain scan. What I am wondering about though, is the headaches starting on Thursdays and running through the weekend. If nothing is found on the scan, this could be a sign of extreme stress in your life, or mis-alignment in your neck from your day to day activities, or inhaling toxic fumes. Try to get a scan first, then if nothing is found on that, I have seen many people helped with chiropractic and physical therapy for migraines. The cause is usually stress tightening up the muscles, and the muscles then pressing on nerves, or a physical activity that strains the muscles. Also, another cause of migraines can be inhaling fumes. I have a relative who gets migraines only when they use paint at work. Try to figure out when your headaches first started, when they worsened, and what changed at that time, your work, environment, stress etc. Good luck to you

     
    Old 03-02-2002, 11:44 AM   #3
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    Hi Amy,
    I sure can relate to what you saying, me too I have migraine everyday and I guess it's mostly relate to stress and anxiety. Do you take anti-anxiety pills, maybe that can help you, maybe it's anxiety who give you lot of migraine, talk to your doctor about it. I been having migraine for years and now I got it everyday too, it's very suffering. I see a chiroprator for some people it help but me it doesn't seem so. I took a few months before a cat scan and they said nothing wrong in my brain. What help me a little bit it motrine migraine, do you take that? Maybe that can help you too but I have to take motrine migraine everyday, it's starting to be too much. I will see a neurologist and get x-ray of my neck, also I have too take blood test and after that maybe they can find the right med for me. Maybe you should do this too, go see a neurologist. Take care of yourself and Good Luck!
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    Old 03-02-2002, 06:39 PM   #4
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    If you are getting headaches on the weekend (a.k.a. The Weekend Migraine)caused by sleeping in past the time you normally get up for work during the week.....ELIMINATE CAFFEINE FROM YOUR DIET IMIEDATLY!!! I Got the weekend migraine for 10 years until I figured out that it was the caffeine that was causing it. Now I only drink decaffeinated coffee and caffeine free soda pop and I have not had a weekend migraine headache in 4 years. Skeptic? Try it for a week and you will see!

     
    Old 03-04-2002, 03:14 AM   #5
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    Thanks for the tip, David, but I've been caffiene free for about 6 years now, and I never sleep in on the weekends. Thanks though!

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    Old 04-15-2002, 12:55 PM   #6
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    I have suffered with migraines since the age of nine, as are my children now also. I started out having about 3 maybe 4 migraines a year, then at the age 20 they began getting more frequent. By 23 I was living with daily headaches. I have had all the dignostic test (along with the 100,000 in medical bills to prove them) Also went to Oral Surgeon and ruled out any abnormalities of the jaw etc. even had wisdom teeth removed in case they were the cause.

    Finally about five years ago, they referred me to a pain management specialist. He diagnosed me with Status Migranosis. It is a disorder that is genetic and the only treatment for it is the burning of the nerves in the head, neck and face. It stops the pain from 8 to 12 months, then you have to repeat the process. Also I go in twice a week and get trigger points in my face, neck and shoulders which keeps my neck and such from getting tight and full of spasms. I had great success with these treatments. There were days that I may have a mild headache, but could control them with Ibuprofen. But once the nerves re-route themselves, you are back to vomiting with headaches. I would suggest to anyone seeking out a good Dr in pain management/anesthisiologist I was very hesitant about the idea. But thank God was blessed with a Dr. that could get me back on my feet again. Before seeing him, I wasn't able to complete the daily chores in life any longer because I was sick and in bed all the time. Now I am active, going to school, raising my children etc.

    I hope this will help someone in their search and wish you all the best of luck in your searches. I know how absolutely agonizing it is, and how few dr's care when you complain with headaches.

    Good luck and God Bless........Brandi

     
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