Hello I’m a 20 year old female I have been having headaches for three years now and I noticed?
Added 29 Sep 2012:
Hello 20 year old female
I have been having headaches for three years now and I noticed that I twitch a lot.
at first it started with small headaches for like up to 15 min or sometimes half an hour, it just comes and goes for one years I just ignored the pain, it wasn't that bad, I noticed that I stared to twitch as well the twitching would happen like once a month and only for 8 or 10 seconds and after I twitch I would feel dizzy and nausea some time it would be my body and face and other times only hand.
but since the end of October 2011 my headaches have gotten really sever the twitch would happen a lot and to add to that I would fell dizzy and nausea’s when I woke up in the morning or if I was sitting and stood up, I even drop out of college I couldn't study the pain would get worse when I read or go on the computer.
The pain is mostly on the right side of my head, because I wear glasses I thought I might have something to do with my eyes. I went to my opticians , but he told me my eyes were healthy , I next went to my GP and told him about my twitching and severe headaches I was experiencing ,he said to me it was normal to twitch and everybody experiences headaches so he prescribed me with some pain killers. I was relived I thought I might have some kind of major illness. I took 5 tables a day, the pain killers worked my headaches were gone. I was good and healthy with on pain what so ever for ten months. (Except for the twitching but since the doctor said it was normal to twitch I had nothing to worry about)
then the headaches came back again this time ten times worse than before, I would have headaches for two days straight, i started to take the pain killers it wasn't helping then I started to swallowed two tables at the same time just to easy with the pain still nothing, i take 8 tables of painkillers a day I would have taken more but it says on the packet only 8 tables 24 hours .I have been to my GP
Again but his telling me there nothing to worry about its normal, I’m in great pain but he seems to not understand that.
I have also been experiencing sharp pains in the lower abdominal on my bladder as well this month, I have been having trouble with controlling my urine I’m not able to hold it.
I enrolled for college this year but I don't thing I can handle it , it looks like I’m going to drop up like last years
Please can you tell me what all this is I’m really getting worried and my doctor isn’t giving me answers?
Great that you added the information and welcome to the site.
I am not a Dr. nor pretend to be one, I can offer you my experience and my suggestions.
I suffer from severe migraines and not even my Neurologist knows why, I take Topamax for this treat.
I believe you want a straight answer, mine is , from my experience that you see a Neurologist, and have all the tests like NMRI (nuclear magnetic resonance imaging) I had it done, on your brain which are required in order to try and find a solution, which is what you need and want.
All the best,
I agree with Maso and Kaismama. You really should see a neurologist. I've had migraines since I was a child, but I don't twitch. I have trembled with the pain, but not twitched. This is a neurological response to something going on and it would be best to find out what.
Hello basma - welcome to DC and I hope we can help you find answers to these puzzling questions and at the very least... point you in the right direction. What I am not understanding here is that your doctor is saying twitching is normal. There is missing information here. At night, for instance, when people sleep... twitching movements is common and normal. We aren't talking about sleep time though. Muscles move involuntarily at rest... to the point where we don't notice it but it occurs. The first thing that came to my mind is a type of "seizure". In that case, twitching is prevalent and so are the headaches or head pain. Others here have said you need to check in with a neurologist and I do agree. There is certainly testing that can be done to check you out, neurologically. What I do not agree with from your doctor is throwing pain killers at you when you do not have a definitive diagnosis of anything yet. Plus you are not taking them as prescribed...
you are already on the road to addiction, if you are not already addicted. Eating them, as you yourself described, is not how you take pain medication. You can slip into a coma and die. Don't do that any more. If they are not working as prescribed, which they are not, then you need to take more proactive care of yourself here. Get another doctor's opinion before you royally screw yourself to the point of no return.
I wish you well on this journey but please do get help.
I agree with all of the above comments, i believe that u should find yourself a really good neurologist and he will order an mri and probably labs as well, i have been in situations like u were the doctor says it is normal and so on, well don't allow them to do this to u for i allow it once and got a second opinion, and found out what was the real issue, so please basma don't put it off seek a neuro immediately, and if i were u in my own opinion i would find a new primary, doesn't seem like he has your best interest at heart!! hope this helped even if a little
to a greater healthier you
Hello Basma. A great way to help your doctor understand is to take a log of your symptoms of day to day headaches and muscle twitches, type, duration. And anything else you are affected with. Let him know what med you take and when. This helps show the severity.
Were you checked for Allergies? Have you ever had a concussion? Did you play soccer? Think about these things. Then make a list of questions to take to the doctor. A neurologist, as others have said, seems essential. Universities can have excellent health programs, At least larger ones do.
I am so sorry that you have suffered with this. Hope you are able to get the right treatment soon. Stay in touch so we know how you are doing. Karen
I will tell you that twitching can be normal since I've had it off and on for about 30 years. It depends on how often, how long the twitching lasts and how violent it is. You only mentioned 8-12 seconds which is what I had. My eyes would twitch. See more below.
But your severe head pain does need treatment and evaluation. Taking pain pills more than just twice a week just perpetuates them with rebound headaches. And you taking more than prescribed is highly dangerous. You definately need to see a neurologist. And there are plenty of inept ones out there, so if the doctor's only recommendation is to give you pain pills, get rid of them. Yes, you definately need a daily preventative migraine medication such as Topomax. You might also benefit from some other treatments that do not involve medication.
More on the twitching: Then as a side effect from a medication, I developed involuntary major twitching of my hands, feet, legs and even my full torso after taking the medication for about a year. Did your twitching coincide with any medication?
Then after my stroke, the major involuntary jerking started again--now permanently. In my case, it's a condition called myoclonus which is controlled by taking 0.5 mg of Klonopin every night.
So there could be a simple fix for the twitching even if it does turn out to be a conditon that needs treatment. So don't worry just yet, but do get headache treatment from someone qualified. Good luck.
Hi Bama, I totally agree with all the other answers you have received. You definately need to see a neurologist for the headaches & the twicthing you are describing. The other thing that you mention about your bladder control must also be addressed, and you should be seeing either your GYN or a urologist. This might not be a big problem that medication can handle, but you need to get it checked out also. We gals tend to have this problem with the urine leaking more than men do. It isn't normal, but nothing to get really scared about. There are so many different reasons this could be happening too. Do you have any burning or discomfort with this? You could have a urinary tract infection or something else, but in any case it needs checked out, & not by your gp. It doesn't sound like he has your best interests at heart. I hate to see you stop your education for something that can be conrolled by seeing the right physician.
I also agree that just throwing pain pills at you is not the answer. You are awfully young to start down this path. Please get these things checked by the right doctors, & let us know what you find out. Wishing you the best...
After reading your post it kind of sounds like you are having Cluster Headaches.
These are a different kind of Migraine than your normal migraine.
I have had Migraines for about 30 yrs & have been on Preventive medication plus medication to abort the migraines.
But about a month ago I had a Whole different kind of migraine. My Neurologist told me that they are " Hemicranial Headaches " .. go online & look up the signs & symptoms of this diagnosis.
And there is basically only one medication that will help with preventative medication for this & it is called "Indomethacin".
I have been on this medication for about 3 weeks ago & I have noticed that it has Definitely cut down on the migraines.
These "Headaches" as they label them are actually more painful than a regular migraine. They are always on one side of your face & they usually only affect that side. But they are like Cluster Headaches were they come on Very Suddenly without any of your normal migraines were you usually get some type of Aura before the migraine. Most of all they hit in the hours of 2-4 am in the morning & most of the time they wake you up. And when they don't you usually wake up in the AM with a horrible migraine & you are dizzy & nauseated. These type of migraines can last 15 min. - All day and can go away quickly & then another one can hit in 15 min. Again.
The symptoms of these Intercranial Headaches are they always affect One side of your face/head. The pain feels like knives shoving into your eye sockets into your brain. Then your eye is usually twitching & has like a spasm. You feel alot of pressure in your eye & that side of your face twitches. And you are dizzy & feel a little off balanced & nauseated.
So look up the Intercranial Headaches & read more info on that.
And you Definitely need to see a Neurologist for your headaches.
I would also recommend you to get a New GP as any Dr. that just keeps throwing pain meds at you instead of finding out what is wrong is NOT going to help you.
Also address your bladder problems.
Take care & if you want to talk more just let me know. Kathy
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