Has anyone experienced this? At first I thought it was due to recently recovering from the flu but that was a month ago. I started with soreness and pain on scalp at top of head. My neck, which has given me problems for years, hurts as well. Each day, I awaken with slight headache which may subside some throughout the day. I went to my doctor and she did MRI of head which doesn't show much. I am waiting on results from my neck MRI. They gave me tramadol but really doesn't help much. Has anyone else had this? Did it eventually go away? What meds help? I sure don't want to be on tramadol every day. I am scared even though scan was clear:(
Extremely hard to diagnose. Even with a full work up. Sounds like your Dr. is ruling out the Rare but Deadly scenarios, which is good. Pinched nerve? You mentioned a flu a month ago. Was it Influenza or a stomach bug? I ask because Influenza is a repertory infection. It can cause many symptoms. A stomach bug can cause pinched nerved while wrenching over the toilet. Just throwing out ideas. Ill probably never guess what is causing your headaches. Too many to choose from Sleep disorders, medications, illnesses. Heck, even mold in the house. Nsaids work good for me when I have a headache. Naproxen sodium in particular. Good luck
Nun gave you great advice. I'd like to add with my history and present condition.
You very much sound like what changed the quality of my life since 2003.
There is a myriad of Invisible Diseases.
They are syndromes that have no specific testing. The tests that come back finally positive,down the road, are positive because of the stress on the body.
Prior to this you KNOW you are sick and in pain but there is nothing to prove it.
This is the hardest part...
When doctors can't explain something after their work-up, nothing positive on the exam or the Primary doesn't have the ability to put the pieces to the puzzle together it is charted as Anxiety/ Depression. Once the labeling is on your chart it follows you to the Specialists.
They are biased before you walk in the door to present a variety of strange symptoms. They will do their thing and give you a diagnoses related to their specialty.
This is where the problem and frustration starts. You need someone who will commit themselves to a diagnosis.
If you don't have that you will literally become a victim! You will go down with an emotional/mental diagnosis.
Even if they are correct, anxiety prone people get sick too!
By now you can see my frustration and anger. I've spent thousands and thousands of dollars. I've been compliant. I've had major surgeries because the minor symptoms were "anxiety" until they became an emergency!
Have you been tested for Lyme disease?
Negative test do not necessarily mean you are negative. They have to do a more specific test.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Autonomic Dystonia ?
These are a group of syndromes that tend to go unnoticed.
Headache was one of my initial symptoms- constant and throbbing 24/7. I found relief after almost 14 years.
I don't want to spread my frustration level to you... Lol. I felt it necessary for you to see what happens emotionally when you can't get answers and everyone around you is frustrated. I have to hide the problems and put on a fake smile when Im screaming inside.
I've been there and done that. I can help guide you and give you advice on testing and medications.
I think I can help you though because we have a lot of the same issues.
One coping mechanism for many people is to ignore and it will go away (me).
You may be like that and I respect it.
It's just how desperate have you become?Are you willing to face anything that may get you one step closer to finding out what's wrong?
So... Should we start the journey?
Eleanore; I am so sorry you are having so much problems, But not to add to the problems, Try and go back to taking what you were for the headache's seems like most people on Tramadol and the longer they are on it the harder it is to get off of it. The withdrawals are terrible. please keep that in mind you said it really does not work anyway. So it really would be best to stick with the Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen etc that you were taking prior to the Tramadol. Just remember when you take any of these on a daily basis for headaches I know I have had this happen for years is when I stop the Ibuprofen or ? then you get a rebound headache so you may have to just work through those a few days. If you can handle caffeine I have had good luck with a coke, or cup of coffee and try to ignore your headache, or you could also take 1/2 of the old headache medicine that you were. Good luck and hoping for some good results for you. Chuck1957
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