I suffer from daily chronic head pain. Maybe transformed migraine but most likely chronic tension headache. Has anyone had this and has been helped by anything.
10 Jan 2010
i had daily headaches and magraines that sent me to the er until i started taking topamax and inderal about 15 to 18 years ago. i started on low doses and now i'm on 300mg of topamax and 160 mg of inderal daily and i can truly say that maybe i'll get a hint of a headache if things get really stressful around me but for the most part i haven't had a migraine in 5 years. hope this has helped you. missy
7 Jun 2010
I've had chronic tension headaches for about a year. Had an MRI on my cervical spine and it showed it being very straight. The radioligists conclusion was that I was have musle spasms in my back and neck and it was pulling on the muscles under my scalp. It is not painfull, but feels like a tighness/numbness around the top of my head. In the beginning it would turn into burning and moved into my arms. My Dr. has diagnosed it as Tension Headaches related to stress/anxiety and poor posture in front of the computer for 20 years. He prescribed me 1mg Xanax 3 times a day and Zoloft 2mg once a day. It keeps it under control. On weekends, when I'm relaxed, I don't need to take a Xanax in the afternoon. I use to get only 5 to six hours of sleep a night and now I get 7 to 8 when I take a Xanax before bed time. I also dream much more than I did before I started Xanax which tells me I'm getting a good deep sleep. I'm going to massage therapy and chiropractor and I hope eventually it will go away. I'm 46 and never had any headache problems in my past.
22 Sep 2010
Yes, I've had headaches like you describe for about 13 years. They sound like cluster headaches to me -- the most painful of all ailments man is heir to and a very rare ailment also. An average clusterhead can get up to 3 or 4 clusters a day and last between 45 minutes and a few hours. The pain is always only on one side of the head starting at the top side, then around the eye, across the cheek and down to your molars. Some people have triggers like chocolate, red wine, whatever. In my case alcohol was a trigger. I might just drink a few ounces of beer and pay for it much later when the headaches come. You need to see a neurologist to eliminate such things as brain tumor. Some use Imitrex ($22 a dose) to abort a cluster, but I have a better, cheaper, safer,and faster method. I can abort any cluster in between 4 and 10 minutes by inhaling pure oxygen. I keep five or so E-tanks under my bed and have one ready to go with mask, etc. in my closet.
Except that it can be a fire hazard there is no downside to inhaling oxygen, in fact it's probably good for you and it's less than $10.00 a tank. I regard it as a wonder drug. For years I've been taking lithium and Verapamil to keep the headaches away. If I get sloppy taking my meds, I'll get hit with a cluster. I believe it's the lithium that's keeping them away. Last year I had only six clusters and at age 68 I believe they're finally burning themselves out. And one more thing, if you think you do have clusters, Google "clusterhead" for a massive website on everything cluster related.
18 Dec 2011
I have been living with a daily migraine everyday since February of 2004. They have gotten so bad that I have threatened to cut my own head off. The nausea and vomiting make it so much worse. I have even passed out from the pain. No one has discovered a cause and none of the medications work for longer than a week or two (29 different medications and cortisone injections). Fioracet has helped the most.
4 Aug 2013
I have up to 6 headaches daily my doctor gave me a prescription for Oxycodone 30mg I take about 2 a day but I never take a whole one I take a half then I lay down in my bed but the main thing that u have to do is have it as dark as u can get it wet a cold cold rag lay it over your hole face not just your head and in about 45minutes I'm feeling better
28 Mar 2012
Yes, I've been hospitalized for chronic migraine. I suffered my first one when I was 13, then they became chronic after my hysterectomy at 45. I found relief finally in a high dose of Effexor (300mg). It's been a year since I've had a migraine. My headaches were not the tension-type, they were full blown migraines that lasted 4 days, full of vomiting... the whole works. I'd usually get a break between migraines for a day or two, then another would strike.
28 Mar 2012
I forgot to mention in my previous post that in order to treat my chronic migraine I not only use Effexor, but I receive Botox injections a couple times a year which really seem to help. I wish you freedom from these daily trials, don't lose hope, you will find something that helps you. Peace.
10 Jan 2010
Hey Tinyone, I used to have a headache everyday and I feel like it was a couple of things going on. I was on birth control pills for years and I really do feel that contributed to the headaches. I also ate alot of processed food and know that that causes migraines and I work as a hairdresser with my head bent over alot. I did cut down on the processed foods and no longer take birth control as I don't need it. The amitriptyline did help as well, I am sorry it didn't work for you. See if you can find some articles about the foods that trigger migraine and avoid those and it should help at least some. The birth contol pills are another matter, I personally would have rather had the headache than risk a baby I didn't want or need. Best of Luck to you.
24 Aug 2010
I suffer from the same thing. I have since I was 15. I tried all kinds of migraine preventatives over the past 11 years with no success. I am now prescribed hydrocodone 10/650's and I would not recommend them at all. They help for a few months, then they start to cause worse headaches, your tolerance builds up, then you become addicted to a medication that really doesn't help much anyway. They also gave me Migranal nasal spray. That does help temporarily but it is very expensive, almost $350 for 6 little vials.
18 Jul 2011
I have suffered from migraines for the past 5 years. Since Midrin was withdraw from the market nothing really helped my migraines anymore. But now I have been taken Magnesium as a daily preventative and it has worked wonders. Now I just get migraines every once in a while. Hope this helps.
18 Aug 2013
I have had migrains since I was 14 years old and was hit by a tow truck. In 2008 I suffered a stroke and now my migrains are almost daily. Tried many meds, blood patches, spinals, botox injections, nerve block injections. Totally at my wits end, just truly sick of it all. Any suggestions would be applicated.
19 Jan 2010
i was on topamax for migranes . i had headaces on a weekly basices at least two a week . it would scare my son he was only 5 years old . it would be so back i could not function he would take care of me when i would be sick get me washclothes and water . i am so glad my dr finaly got me on something that helped . i have not had a bad headace like that in a few years . i pray i never have anymore . i pray that god takes your headace away for you .
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