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Chronic Headaches & Depression/Personality Loss

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  • Posted By: rgranty
  • April 5, 2011
  • 01:33 AM

Hi, I'm a 22 year old male and for around the last 3 years I have been suffering from chronic headaches that have near enough been constant even though I never suffered with them before. At around the same time something happened to me that I can only call loss of personality. I seem to have loss my ability to make people laugh and socially interact with other people which has led me to become very depressed and not got out socially anymore.
I seen countless doctors who have put me on different medications and had a mri that only brought up a sinus infection.
I would appreciate to hear from someone who's in a similar position to me or dealt with this kind of problem?

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  • You should see a neurologist, but you might be dealing with migraines. At the same time, it could be clinical depression as I've read there is a connection between CD and headaches. I have been suffering from a similar condition for three years now and am about ready to accept a diagnosis of CD or bipolar. I hesitate to call what I deal with headaches --- though that's what I often tell people I have --- because it rarely feels like a traditional headache. It's more like a discomfort in my brain. My symptoms began three years ago and have been ruining my life ever since. I was a very healthy, intelligent and productive person for the first 32 years of my life, and then one day while at work I began having difficulties reading emails, putting sentences together, remembering things, dealing with complexities in my head, etc. When I first began suffering from this, I referred to it as "brain fog" or "brain fuzz" because that's what it felt like. It felt like I had static in my brain that made it impossible for me to think. This has continued for three years. I have good weeks and bad weeks, but the bad weeks are miserable. I can't concentrate, can't think, can't put sentences together, can't be creative or funny, can't enjoy myself. It's awful. Over the past 3 years, I have had three MRIs, CT scans, countless blood tests, and a spinal tap. I've seen neurologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists. No answers. However, I have recently begun thinking that it's CD, but a strange case of it where I don't really feel "depressed". I probably should have mentioned that up front. I don't really feel "depressed", which is a feeling I associate with break ups or setbacks of one kind or another. I don't deal with that. What I deal with, emotionally, is an inability to feel "up", to feel enthusiasm, gladness, delight. This is referred to as anhedonia in the CD literature and is a symptom of CD. I'm saying all of this in the event that it helps you or anyone else identify what they're dealing with. If you deal with anything like what I deal with, I'd love to hear if you've found a diagnosis and treatment that is working. All the best.
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