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    Old 01-20-2012, 05:48 AM   #1
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    Chronic, constant headache for several years

    Hello Everyone,

    Looks like a friendly board, hopefully I can find some answers here..

    I have been having a persistent chronic headache for several years now. It is there from the moment I wake to the time I go to sleep.

    The headache I would describe more of as a pressure in the head, as above it is always there but sometimes it does increase, to a point where I canít think or act normally, although this is usually only for a short period.

    My concentration levels are low, I am tired a lot of the time and my sleep isnít great.

    I have visited the doctors and been referred to a specialist on many occasions. The specialist only seems to be interested in treating the symptoms and not the cause. This has helped relieve me of some of the pain but I know whatever is causing the pain is still there.

    To date I have had MRI scans, osteopathy, dental advice, a course of CBT (some anxiety also present) and I have looked a lot into my diet. Candida is something I believe I suffer from but as to whether this would cause a constant headache I'm not sure. I'm also currently looking into sensitivity to microwave/RF signals, something my specialist dismissed immediately, stating there was no proof of this phenomenon (when clearly there is).

    The specialist I see thinks this is related to migraines, which result in the chronic headaches. I'm not so sure about this as I believe I would see a different pattern, initiated by triggers, rather than the constant pressure.

    Does anyone, have any ideas at all as to what might be causing this?

    Or can anyone recommend any kind of alternative treatments? I think acupuncture is something I should try.

    As well as recommendations for a good specialist in the North West UK, that takes time to understand your problems and is willing to work with you to try and find the cause.

    Thanks.

     
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    Old 01-21-2012, 12:49 AM   #2
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    Re: Chronic, constant headache for several years

    Unfortunately there isn't really a "cure" for migraines. I think I can speak for a lot of fellow sufferers when I say that we take medication to help prevent them or for the symptoms - neither of these stop whatever it is that causes the migraines. Acupuncture is great if that's what you want to do, maybe it will help! There's a lot of options that aren't prescription, from diet changes to exercise to eastern medicines that may help. If you can see one or find out some information about it, there's something called a naturepath - a person who helps make you healthy through natural herbs, vitamins, minerals, and sometimes diet. I'm not sure how prevalent they are in the UK, but there are some here in the States. They can help you more thoroughly find out about food allergies, what supplements to take, and about natural procedures or foods ( adding certain things to foods ) that could help.

    If you don't want to go that route and do want to take prescription medication, then remember what I said - it's taken for symptoms and prevention, it's not a "cure". Some people find that they don't have any more migraines after drastic changes to their lifestyle or diet, but it's because they're removing the trigger, not the ability to have a migraine.

    Also remember that stress can be a huge factor, and can still cause migraines even after you take medication or make lifestyle changes. Something as simple as being genetically predisposed or a preexisting sensitivity to light can cause migraines after treatment as well.

    The part about radio waves causing migraines - radio waves themselves have not been shown to cause the migraines, although using a phone may give you one. This is because of how you're holding it, the stress of the conversation, and possibly straining to hear what's being said. A lot of people inadvertently hold their neck, head, or arm in an unusual position, causing physical stress to those areas, which can be a trigger for a migraine. Also the artificial light from the phone can cause migraines, but this is true even of the lights in your house, computer, or workplace.

    I would suggest that you make the switch to a very healthy diet of your choosing, and try out acupuncture, magnet-healing, fire-cupping, feng shui, meditation and/or yoga, if possible move to a healthier environment or keep your house very clean including an air scrubber and water filters for all water ( including your shower ). There's a lot of things in the air in a city that can trigger migraines. If you have a lot of allergies, especially outdoor ones, then moving won't help you ( that can also be a trigger ).

    As for specifics about a diet, eliminate all caffeine sources including chocolate, and all alcohol. If you smoke, of course you should quit that as well, as that can be a big trigger. Make sure that your fresh fruit and vegetables are cleaned thoroughly before consuming them, as there could be chemicals on them that cause migraines. Try to stay away from foods that contain high fructose corn syrup ( trust me, it's in a lot more than soda and candy ). If you're having trouble finding alternatives, take a look in the organic section - but be careful, as you could end up with foods that are high in natural sugars or fats. Some, like coconut, are good for you but in moderation. Pay special attention to portion sizes.

    Common allergies from foods:
    wheat
    aged cheeses, meats, or foods like sauerkraut
    yeast
    soy products including soybeans, and fermented soy like teriyaki sauce, miso soup
    citrus foods
    any kind of nuts
    milk and other dairy products
    shellfish
    artificial sweeteners - stevia, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and saccharin

    Foods that may help include:
    ginger
    spinach, broccoli, kale
    fish and fish oil
    peppermint

    If you have the patience, try removing any of those foods one at a time for at least a week to see if it helps. If it doesn't, move on to the next item and repeat the process. If you haven't found that any food triggers a migraine, then it could be an allergy to something other than food, or it could be stress, or something in your water or in the air.

    For me personally, my mother has migraines and I developed them when I hit puberty - it was genetic at first, and then made worse by a bad living environment. I found what works to keep them from happening after several long years ( including part of highschool ) and I'm grateful to find that medication. I have a pretty good diet and even so took all the vitamins and checked all possible foods to see if it helped.

     
    Old 01-27-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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    Re: Chronic, constant headache for several years

    Hello,
    Ive also had headache for several years. It began as a pressure on top of my head, about 5*2 cm, and it got worse and worse from there. It turned out, it was a wisdom-tooth that couldn't fit so it broke a small piece of my upper jawbone. Now this was missed by all dentists I and normal doctors I met. Now, one might think that this wouldn't cause pressure like pain, but hell it did. Also my jaw-muscles would feel very tense at times, and also a bit sensitive to bright light. After I got the tooth out, some small pieces of bone came afterwards, and then it has taken quite a long time to heal, but I can feel itīs getting better all the time.
    Are your pains related to one side of your head/face? If so, how are your teeth looking on that side?
    I have photos of my wisdom-tooth before it was removed, if you need reference-photos, just send me a message.
    Iīve been through a hell for this, and no doctors knew what it was, so I know the situation you are in now. I really wish to help you with this. I will do anything to fight head pressure pain!

     
    Old 01-27-2012, 06:53 PM   #4
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    How do you sleep? Do you snore or are you overweight. If you are always tired in the morning no matter when you go to bed it may be sleep apnea. In this case a referral to a sleep centre is good and they can test you on a cpap machine. I still have headaches, most days. Try the sleep centre if you think it could help.

     
    Old 02-07-2012, 06:29 AM   #5
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    Re: Chronic, constant headache for several years

    Thanks for the replies..

    Johan30 - that's very interesting. All my wisdom teeth are through and one's been removed. I don't really have any pain around the jaw, I believe I grind my teeth in my sleep but that's all..

    Augustusine - again very interesting, I hadn't heard of sleep apnea before. I'm normal weight and don't snore. Looking at the symptoms I woudln't think this was the cause but I will look into it further. Is this what you suffer from? How do you feel during the day with regards to alertness and concentration?

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    Old 02-07-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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    Hello Grad 1000 Sleep apnea is only one of my problems but I find I get more restful sleep with the CPAP, Apparently I snore very loudly and have to work at getting enough oxygen. That is what my fellow traveller told me on our trip overseas and we eventually had to take separate rooms. I do have hypothyroidism and I think, spondylitis according to Dr and latest Cat scan. I manage to stay awake most of the time but can't say I am fully alert. I do still get very tired but I am overweight and managing portion and diet much better of late. Hopefully if I can lose enough weight I may not need the CPAP as much, although I have heard that it is not only those who are obese who might also need CPAP and have sleep problems.

     
    Old 02-11-2012, 11:03 AM   #7
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    Hi Grad 1000,
    I had no pain in the jaw either, so it took me a long time to figure it out, and when I did the tooth was so twisted it had had a long time to hurt the jawbone. All my tooth were through at the time. It was first when I got it out and some pieces of broken jawbone came out some weeks later (I know it sounds nasty but it was just some shards really), that I knew what was causing it.

    The symptoms, for me, was for a couple of years felling that something was wrong, then headache begun, then extreme tense in the face when trying to sleep (this went on form July->May).

    After I got it out it has still ached a lot, but Its getting better and better. Its almost like there's a kind of balance in the head/face that got distorted. The feeling is hard to explain.

    I really hope you will find the cause of your illness, and I'm sure you will!

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