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    Old 03-24-2010, 04:03 PM   #1
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    Constant Headache for 13 years

    I have been reading about all these young people with headaches, i am so sorry you guys have to deal with this like i do everyday...I had a head injury
    13 years ago and have had a constant headache ever since. Its like dull pressure in the side of my head and pressure in my ear and just a weird feeling of confusion. Its not real painful, just annoying. I have been to every doctor around, nothing. Last week i flew on an airplane for the first time and was scared of what would happen to my ears....Just the opposite happened...for 10 days my headache/ear pressure was gone. I felt like i did before the accident, no confusion at all....Unfortunelty its back again. Kinda thinking now its an inner ear thing. It gets me depressed, only i try to hide all that and live a normal life. Maybe someone reading this can give me some help....I have read a lot on other forums about it, doesn't seem to be much a person can do about it.

     
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    Old 03-24-2010, 10:43 PM   #2
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    Re: Constant Headache for 13 years

    3 of the common things that help are:

    tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline or nortriptyline) taken at bedtime. Amitriptyline is perhaps a bit stronger, but nortriptyline has a lot less side effects

    NSAIDS, such as naproxen

    Anticonvulsant drugs (topamax, gabapentin, valoprate etc)

    I found I needed 2 of these things together (Nortriptyline at bedtime, and naproxen twice a day) to makemuch of a difference. See your doctor, these drugs are safe and cheap and are not habit forming.

    If your PCP doesnt want to help, ask to see a neurologist
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    Old 03-25-2010, 10:01 AM   #3
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    Re: Constant Headache for 13 years

    Yes i have tried those and they do work....They just have so many side effects for me. My vision gets so blurry from taking them, its worse dealing with the blurry vision than the headache......I just wish i knew what was causing the pain.

     
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    Re: Constant Headache for 13 years

    Forgot to thank you for the reply
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    Old 05-13-2010, 06:59 PM   #5
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    Re: Constant Headache for 13 years

    Hi Duffy,

    I hope you have solved your problems by now, but if you haven't read on.

    Have they ever considered a csf leak? I am looking at that possibility for myself at present. It can start after head trauma. Symptoms sound like you. The fix doesn't sound too bad and has a high success rate.

    All the best

    Gjoy

     
    Old 05-14-2010, 04:26 AM   #6
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    Re: Constant Headache for 13 years

    I will sure check into it...This last month has been really bad!!!
    Thank you for taking the time to try to help.
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    Old 05-14-2010, 12:26 PM   #7
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    Re: Constant Headache for 13 years

    I have had constant headaches for many years. Started 22 years ago but were not constant at first, probably had constant for at least 13 years. Tried EVERYTHING or at least I feel like it. I tell every doctor that if he could figure it out I would think he was superman. (lol) I keep hoping to go through menopause, I have heard that lots of people stop having headaches at that time.

     
    Old 05-14-2010, 11:09 PM   #8
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    Re: Constant Headache for 13 years

    Hi Duffy Glad to try and help.

    Hope you don't mind this directed to Lisa,
    Hi Lisa

    The csf leak can also start spontaneously. Doesn't need head trauma however I think you would have other symptoms.

    I have been under a nutritionist for over 6 months after I became unwell. I met a girl there last time who had got rid of the headache she had had for 5 years by changing her diet and taking the recommended supplements for only a few weeks. My diet is grain, dairy, soy and fried food free. I gather hers is also.

    It might help you too Duffy.

    Good luck

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    Old 05-15-2010, 05:37 PM   #9
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    Re: Constant Headache for 13 years

    Thanks for the advice gjoy.

     
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