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
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.
11 Jan 2010
sorry that you have been through so much with your headaches since you haven't had meds for 3 months maybe a short hospital stay won't hurt. if you have good benefits, if not i know someone else mentioned a guide of food ect.of migraine triggers ask your neurologist for that guide it also helped me.
16 Jan 2010
The pain of a migraine beats in rhythm with your heartbeat.
It hurts in one specific, narrowly defined area of your head.
It may or may not be preceded or accompanied by auras: flashing lights, strange smells, sensitivities to light & sound, nausea, loss of peripheral vision, etc.
If you're a female, it may accompany your menstrual cycle.
If you're a male, they may be cluster headaches, which also affect only a narrow area of the head, but do not beat in rhythm with your heartbeat, which is how you tell the difference between a cluster headache and a migraine.
Tension headaches are accompanied by tight, stiff muscles at the back of your neck near the base of your skull. There are pressure points where the neck muscles join the skull on either side of you spine. If you press around, you'll feel bumps or knots. They'll hurt when you press on them. Press gently, slowly increasing pressure, until the knots disappear. When the knots disappear, so will the headache. These are the same points used by acupuncture, adapted for non-needle use. There may be several knots, moving from your spine toward your ear, on each side of the base of your skull. There may also be some knots at the other end of the muscle, near nape of your neck, shoulders, etc. Do the same there. Again, once the knots disappear, so will the tension headaches.
For pictures and descriptions, look up "pressure points", "trigger points", "acupressure points" "tension headaches", "referred pain", "Travell & Simons" (the docs who made the breakthrough discovery available to all western med docs), "illustrations" and you will find detailed sites with the pressure points to apply pressure to for tension headaches. Some sites have clearer pictures than others, so look at many till you find one you like. All pressure points are the same on everyone, so once you find the point, you just have to learn how to manipulate it until the knot (of nerves, they believe) releases and the headache stops.
If you're taking painkillers of any kind, stop all of them immediately: you may be having rebound headaches, which occur when you take painkillers for headaches every day, even some that you believe are innocuous such as aspirin, tylenol, etc. Stop all painkillers, even herbal ones like willow bark, for one month. If the daily headaches stop, then you were experiencing rebound headaches caused from taking painkillers for your headaches. Your body became addicted to the painkillers (yes, you can get addicted to aspirin) and gave you a headache to get more.
If you have a sinus headache, bend forward: the pain should immediately increase, and it will be located in your forehead, cheekbones directly under your eyes, and upper lip right under your nose. These are the locations of your sinus cavities. For sinus headaches, don't take aspirin etc. or you'll get rebound headaches, try hot showers to clear the sinuses, sprinkle some essential oil of eucalyptus on a tissue and inhale it (it will open up your sinus passages in a few minutes and take away the headache), and try warm, wet compresses on your sinuses to break up the congestion. If you smoke, stop!
Another excellent headache healer for headaches of all kinds, even migraines (from which I've suffered all my life) is essential oil of lavender. Put a few drops on a tissue and inhale until headache is gone (3-5 minutes).
Essential oils are available from health food stores and some pharmacies.
As you can tell, in my life, I've had every type of headache there is, and often, unwittingly, made them worse (rebounders).
Hope this information helps and that you feel better soon.
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 .
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.
8 Jun 2010
GHD in response to your question. I have CDH(chronic daily headaches)and perhaps at a later date I will provide a 'cautionary tale' for those of a particular constitutional type which seem prone to overstimulation often leading to migraines and CDH. Here though, I would simply suggest that neither you, or anyone esle suddenly stop any medication without medical advice and support. I am deadly serious about this one fact. You might be taking a single medication or a number of them..the strength, type of..what they are prescribed for..all can lead to a DANGEROUS 'EVENT.' Unless otherwise instructed by a physician(or having a life threatening response to a medication), taper..taper... taper. There are ways of approaching this and a life style change may be required which requires a very attentive and comprehensive look at what you do and think in your daily life. I know. Hard to do when a knitting needle is slowly being pushed through one of your eyes, but as Marcus Aurelius is to have said: 'THE UNEXAMINED LIFE IS NOT WORTH LIVING.' GHD
7 Jul 2010
I suffer frim headaches over 75% of the month, Relpax works great but its an expensive drug and my prescription plan only covers 7 a month. What can I do the rest of the month? I always wonder how many replax one could take a month? The doctors try topamax the generic didn't work, brand name costs 200.00 a month, too expensive. Now I am on Keppra for a couple of days? Wonder what's going to haqppen next! I will let you know.
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.
24 Aug 2010
i wake up with a headache everyday and usually keep it all day. i take goody powders. thats it. i know they are bad for you, but it usually works fast to knock it out, it just doesnt last long. i think that my headaches come from the hydrocodone im on. i dont remember having headaches like this before i started the hydro about a year ago. i dont think its migraines... but it is chronic. i rarely get relief... i hope u do.
28 Aug 2010
Yes mam, I do get headaches much too frequently and can not function when they are bad. I have not identified what kind of headaches I get, could be sinus, tension, migrane, could be from my back/scoliosis, my eyes, stress, anxiety, depression, anything. Headaches could come from countless causes, but I was really interested in freedom from pain! Just to stop the pain so I could function, without suffering. They seemed to be getting worse, more frequent, and then I also became very much more sensitive to light, to sound, and to everything, it's pretty miserable. All I could do is lay in my bed, in complete darkness and complete silence and pray for relief. Finally, I believe I have found relief and freedom and would love to share it with you. It is fiorinall with codeine and I am so excited that it works! It is my miracle and I pray that it will work for you. Good luck and GOD BLESS YOU.
I believe NO ONE should suffer and doctor's should care much more! The cost of health care is out of this world and because of that, way too many people do suffer and will continue to suffer, even with the cures, because if you can't afford the doctor appointment, the bloodwork, the xray, the medication-that is healthcare's way of telling us: "if you are poor, we do not care about you, at all, you could die and it will save us money because we will never have to care about your health ever again. But, if you have enough money to pay us, we will make sure u do not suffer, not even for a day." What is up President Obama? Yes we can, what? Continue to serve the rich and kick the poor to the curb? That is NOT very American. Money can buy anything, it can buy life, and being poor, will kill you. No one will help you if you can not pay them to, how disgusting. GOD is disappointed. We should love eachother as HE loves us, unconditionally. We should care for one another, we are ALL brothers & sisters and THAT IS THE WHOLE REASON WE ARE HERE, TO HELP ONE ANOTHER! NOT for how much money we can get from one another.
30 Aug 2010
I have had chronic headaches most of my life. A little over a month ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The stress of that diagnosis along with some personal family issues have had me so stressed that I had a constant headache for about 4 weeks straight. At first I thought it was a sinus infection because it was always in the same place and the side of my nose also hurt and the area under my eye would swell up. I was tried two different antibiotics, one right after the other, and Flonase. None of which helped so it was obviously not an infection. I take Fiorcet for my headaches if I can catch them as they start, if they are in full blown migraine mode then I take Imitrex. Both of these would help for a few hours, but then the headache would come back. I am with you when it comes to Topamax. It was not good for me at all.
It made me forget things (like where I lived, etc) it was very hard for me to work and they really didn't help my headaches. About a week and a half ago my doctor put me on 50mg of Imipromine. It's an old drug (antidepressant), but it really helps me. I take it right before I go to bed and it helps me sleep. I have taken it before and it helped then as well. It also helps me lose weight. I feel much better. Meds work different for different people. It sucks but it's really just a matter of trial and error. You may even need to be on a combination of meds. Good luck! I understand what you're going through. I hope you find something soon!
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