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    Old 12-14-2008, 07:05 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Need Help!!! severe headache that can last for a week...

    hello all,

    I just signed up and i need some help/advice. Unfortunately my husband switched jobs and we don't have health insurance at this time, otherwise i would have went to the Dr's already! My problem is this type of headache I've had since january of this year, so for a year now. I used to have allergy headaches, stress headaches, and that's about it. All of thos headaches were either on top of my head or in my eyeballs. This headache is much different, it's centered right in the middle of my forehead. If i put any pressure there it hurts immediately and hurts even when I don't have a headache. With this type of headache it can last for a whole week with no relief, and then before I know it's gone and I am normal again.

    Right now, and since Friday i have been suffering from this headache. It makes it unbearable for me to see and think, light hurts my head, i see stars, and sound make it even worse! Sometimes i have to lie down in a dark room to get any relief. I have not vomited or anything like that, but it can last up to 7 days and the shortest was 3 days. I have been getting these types of headaches for a year every single month, sometimes twice a month, but usually once a month.

    It's starting to upset my husband and when i get them he says just to go lay down. Tylenol, and advil do not work at all! this type of headache does come on suddenly and leaves suddenly, and ideas what type of headache it is?? Thanks for any replies!!

     
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    Old 12-16-2008, 04:57 PM   #2
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    Re: Need Help!!! severe headache that can last for a week...

    It's possible you could be having some frontal sinus issues. Do you have any discharge or stuffiness?? Do you feel tired all the time? You may need to see an ENT as you could have a drainage problem.

    What sucks is that headaches are a tricky situation. Sometimes the Dr.'s don't have a clue what's going on, and they often aren't very good listeners. What's alos frustrating is that they feel obligated to make a diagnosis (even if incorrect)) despite the fact they admit to no knowing what's going on!!! With that said there is a good chance there is a logical explanation for these that your doctor may be able to find and treat. However I urge you to use good intuition, there are truly good and bad doctors out there (just like in every profession). Find a good one who listens and gives a rats mass, as that doctor will do everything in their power to do what's right for you. But if you don't feel confortable with the doctor or the opinion I'd recommend going somewhere else.

    Not sure if this helps but I hope you get resolve from your problem soon.

     
    Old 12-17-2008, 11:13 AM   #3
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    Re: Need Help!!! severe headache that can last for a week...

    You say they can happen 1-2 two times a month? How close to your cycle do they begin?

    Until you can get to your MD or specialist, is chiropractic or massage an option? It really helps me

    If it hurts to touch your brow bone area, you could have a sinus infection..do you have any congestion? if so, you can try sudafed 12hr. I also use a neti pot which helps in general with my sinuses, and is soothing if i have a sinus headache

     
    Old 12-17-2008, 08:04 PM   #4
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    Re: Need Help!!! severe headache that can last for a week...

    It took me awhile but I found my headaches to be related to MSG's. MSG's are in many foods and go by various names. I would suggest you watch your diet closely and eat all natural foods for awhile. Hopefully they will get better within a few weeks. Then, try your favorite foods slowly and see if headaches come back. I suffered once a week for over a year, but now have headaches only rarely, usually after relaxing on watching my diet.

     
    Old 12-17-2008, 08:58 PM   #5
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    Re: Need Help!!! severe headache that can last for a week...

    You need to see a doctor and if you don't have the money then go to the ER and be as sick as you can be...perhaps they will at least diagnose you and give you some help. It sounds like you have serious Migraines and there is help you can't do this by yourself. I understand your husbands frustration but unless he can pull out some money for you to get help then you should be telling him to be a bit more supportive....and then if he really wants to help have him drive you to the ER at the hospital. The only thing that might help is Excedrin and/or some ice on your forehead and a quite dark room. I had 3 extreme migraines a month for 10 years without treatment so I know this can be very painful for you and I am so sorry you don't have the money or insurance for this but try the Emergency room. Older people that have medicare have to go to the ER's because doctors are refusing to take them on as patients so but they have to go somewhere too so you are not alone.

     
    Old 12-24-2008, 07:28 PM   #6
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    Re: Need Help!!! severe headache that can last for a week...

    I am suffering the same way. As I'm typeing this also. I have headaches behind my eyes alot of for the past 5 mths I get one every mth that last about a week. NOTHING makes it go away. I have the usual migraine meds but they don't always help and they make me so tight and painful in my neck and jaws I have to take a muscle relaxer first. The headache is hard to explain. It hurts all over. This one couldn't have come at a worse time!! I don't know if its hormone headache or food but I've got to get some relief. Hope you find some soon.

     
    Old 12-26-2008, 01:21 PM   #7
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    Re: Need Help!!! severe headache that can last for a week...

    I have to agree with martininatlanta about the msg. If you read the thread constant headache I just wrote a long paragraph about it. I highly recommend the book by Dr. David Buchholz "Heal Your Headache". It has so much good advice. I don't know how old you are but you might want to get a hormone test done. I did a saliva one and it showed a high estrogen to progesterone imbalance. You should chart your headaches and see if their related to your cycles. I have a calendar just for headaches and after a few months I saw a big relationship between my migraines and my cycles. I'm on progesterone cream right now so hopefully that will balance things out. Good luck to you.

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