I have had tension headaches for atleast 6 years now and with it when it gets so bad i get nausea and vomiting. I get stressed out alot due to my job and other matters which I worry to much about. I am currently on sertraline 100mg , and clonazepam, and take soma and ibuprofen for my tension headaches daily. there is not one day that goes by that i have not had severe neck stiffness/pain, pain in my head and sides of temples.
The symptoms that your demonstrating it this time do not demonstrate whatsoever any type a tension headache then I have ever seen. what I would do is get a second opinion. I would try something like Maxalt (Rizatriptan Benzoate) that should be able to eliminate your headaches.
You need to see someone that you can give you a better diagnosis of your symptoms. I personally do not concur with your diagnosis of "tension headaches". I personally believe that you're having terrible terrible terrible migraine headaches. They match your symptoms almost to the T. When you talk to the next doctor ask him about eliminating the somas during the day. especially if you're a new mom. There are plenty of wonderful muscle relax ers that are available now better safer and more effective then soma. This drug can blind side to you and lead you to undesirable drug dependence indirectly.
in fact I would ask him to prescribe you Valium and the same rate as you were taking the soma. This will not only help with tension headaches but it's also great muscle relaxant. also it should calm your nerves. is a far superior drug then that of soma. in my opinion of course.
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Hi newmommy,I'm not quite sure what the question is,so I'll just address a couple of your issues that I've dealt with myself. I used to have those "tension" headaches as well.I actually had them for over 20 years,and at times they got so bad that there was vomiting and sensitivity to light as well,and there was a headache every single day in all those years.When I started seeing my Psychiatrist in 1998,that issue was finally addressed.Seeing him was very helpful,as he was not afraid to prescribe a benzo that would actually help me both with the "stress",which was actually GAD,and through therapy, which allowed me to talk about the things that were the true culprits in my stress,worry,and anxiety.Perhaps unsurprisingly it was not the everyday matters that were trigering those headaches,but deeply hidden,and never talked about issues.I have been totally headache free for the past 5 years.I also take a muscle relaxer for my stiff neck problem.
I'm on a megadose of Xanax(alprozolam) for GAD and Flexeril(cyclobenzeprine) for muscle stiffness.
I think maybe you need to see another Dr.Either a GP or, more preferably a neurologist,to get another opinion.NO ONE should be seing a phsycian and still be stuck after 6 years with the same problem.In my case, I seldom saw a Dr between the ages of 20-40,other than a Gynocologist.I don't reccomend this ridiculous strategy to anyone!!!
I maybe able to add some new information that is hopefully helpful. It's all very cheap to free, but all of it will take you some investment of time. It sounds like you don't have much of that which probably causes you much of the stress you have. Anyway, here it goes.
1) Much stress is involved in what we all perceive as things we have control over, which we do not. If you take the time to write down those things that you have total control of, what you have some control of, and what you have no control of it gives you better insight as to how to handle it or let go of it. I am not one to sell spirituality but if you get some books at the library on whatever belief system you have or find local prayer groups you maybe able to "turn over" those things you have no control over. You can learn how to release your fear or worry to a higher power or to the universe or whatever works for you individually.
2) There is a book at the library with the title "Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain a survivor manual. This book will provide information regarding which muscles in the neck contribute to your pain and how to release these "trigger points" by using something so simple as racquet balls to push on these muscles to break up the tension and pain. The only problem with this is that it really hurts worse before it gets better and you have to accept that and work through it. It will provide you with some control over your pain though. It discusses migraines on pages 83-86. You should also stretch your neck muscles frequently when sitting at a computer or holding it in the same position for too long. Try to avoid holding your phone with your neck and shoulder and pay attention to things that you do that involves your neck muscles repeatedly or for a long while. If you have difficulty doing this then have someone video tape you while holding your baby, talking on the phone, cleaning your house, sitting at your computer and getting in and out of your car. Your posture has more to do with causing pain then most people think.
3) I know that some people do not trust chiropractors but I have had tremendous relief from some serious pain in my neck and head. A good chiropractor will be able to tell you after an exam whether or not he/she can help you. If it's something they may make worse they will let you know and refer you to the right specialist. If they can help you may find relief within a couple of weeks. Make sure you give it twice a week for a whole month before you throw the towel in. It seems like the longer you have been in pain, the longer it takes to start feeling some relief to the things that you are trying.
4) A very important tool that you should definitely use is one of the most helpful things I have tried. Try to find a CD or tape that will guide you through a progressive relaxation exercise. Also equally important is a hypnotherapy tape on releasing pain. Some people are able to use meditation or self-hypnosis to help relieve stress and pain, but I always have to use a CD that guides me. The more you do it the better you get at it.
Try to always remember that the longer you have been in pain the longer it takes to get out of it. Try to give these tools the chance they need to work. If you can only do one out of the 4 items I listed at a time that is fine. If you can do all of them I feel you have a really good chance of controlling what has been controlling you for quite some time. Best of luck and please keep me posted if you try any of these. Feel free to friend me and private message me if you wish.
I can relate to your experiences. Along with oral meds, stress relieving activities, etc., my nueroligist gives me Botox for my migraines/tension headaches, as well as the severe muscle spasms in my upper back and shoulders, neck and for my cervical dystonia. I've been doing this every 3 months for about 3 years all covered by Medicare and its been amazingly helpful! I hope you find some tools to help you!
Your migraines sound like mine with the neck stiffness. Did you know that neck stiffness greatly exacerbates migraines? Mine were also severe so that I would frequently have nausea and vomiting. Your best bet is to get nerve block and trigger point injections which greatly relieve the neck tightness and pain. My severe migraines went away COMPLETELY for 5 days after the first set of 15 injections. I went off of 24/7 opiates and Tramadol. Then after the first 5 days, I just had to take those medications very infrequently. Also physical therapy can help you some, but not nearly enough if your migraines are so severe. It just is a good additive. But don't dig into your neck right after your injections or it can squeeze out the injections.
And you should be taking a daily preventative migraine medication, e.g. Topopmax.
I would not blame it all on stress. I didn't have any stress in my life. Good luck.
I had headaches with stiff neck, pain in my head and temples and sides of my face and nausea and vomiting for years everyday by noon or 1 p.m. and went to the dentist and found out I had a TMJ Disorder and also my Doctor gave me Topamax for the last 11 years and I haven't had them. I do feel the stiff neck sometimes when I catch myself clenching my jaw due to stress.
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