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Chronic Headaches since 1996

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  • Posted By: markofkane
  • August 28, 2007
  • 01:11 PM

I am a 43 year old male.

I was under a lot of stress, working in a fast-food place. I lasted 6 years, and noticed as I was working, the bump in the back of my neck would feel like it was burning. It was a burning pain, but I was able to tolerate it.

Time went on, and I had to quit. The pressure was too much.

I took to my bed, and stayed (Yes, I was diagnosed with clinical depression years later)

I noticed out of bed, if I went anywhere, especially for a long time, (or drank beer) I would get a piercing headache. When I am out, I have no access to a cool, dark, quiet room, so the pain is so bad, I throw up. I feel somewhat better, especially if I make myself throw up. That helps get rid of the nausea.

And I break into a sweat, and need to have a cold room to lay down in, the colder the better. Meanwhile, the headache has me writhing in pain. It usually starts on my right side, below my scalp, and above my eyebrow.

It sometimes starts on the left. Even if the pain goes away on one side, it will start on the other.

My doctor calls it a migraine, although I don't have visual symptoms, except light makes my head hurt worse.And physical activity of any kind.

My headaches can come on all of a sudden, or after eating or drinking.

They are more frequent in humid weather, or when there is a storm coming (hours before the stoem) I don't always get a headache, but most of the time I do.

And, it seems to happen in cycles. I can have a week or 2 of few headaches, and then I will get a week of daily headaches.

If I go to bed in a dark, quiet cool room while the headache is mild, it usually goes away. Sleep is usually the cure, although sometimes I will wake up with a headache.

The Doctor has tried various medications, and imitrex spray works, but not always. Sometimes sinus medications work, and sometime they do not.

I've tried all of the over the counter meds, and Excedrine Migraine worksthe best, although it does not always work.

Anyway.,I am sick of these headaches, I wish there was a cure besides death.

Also, my CAT scans of my head revealed no abnormalities.

And I have been diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome, and tried electro therapy for that, and it did not help. I even went a chiropractor, and it seemed to help. But I still get these debilitating headaches.

I cannot drink much or any alcohol, because that will bring on a headache.

I am allergic to wheat and egg whites, at least that is what my allergy tests revealed. But I cannot avoid those products, without a radical change in my diet. I don't have any allergy symptoms that I am aware of.

It seems to me, if my headaches were a reaction to an allergy, I would get it all the time, and that Benadryl would help.

I haven't been able to enjoy life away from home much since 1996.

No use in making plans for trips, because I will get a bad headache.

Oh, I will tell you some other details:

1. I get sore spots on my scalp, and neck pain sometimes.

2. Hitting myself with my fist or other hard object on my scalp seems to stop the headache pain for a short time. Then the headache pain returns.

3. HOT showers seem to alleviate the pain, sometimes a lot, sometimes not much. But the pain may return after my shower. One day, I took 4 hot showers!!!!

4. I don't seem to get headaches as often in the Winter. when it's cold.

5. I am sensitive to heat (I can take hot showers, though) and sweat profusely sometimes. I can take cold weather a lot better.

I don't know if I provided enough info, I am very over-weight, but I wasn't when the headaches began.

I just wish there was a cure.

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  • Have you tried acupuncture to help with your headaches? It is usually very helpful, and can lessen the severity and frequency of a migraine or tension headache. Do you drink a lot of water? Pure water - at least 60 oz a day or more? Dehydration is a common cause of headaches and pain in general. Acupuncture is great, but if you can find a practitioner who specializes in NAET (Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique) that would be best, IMO. NAET is an energy balancing therapy that can help reverse an allergy. I have been cleared of egg protein, corn, calcium/lactase, tomato and nightshades. My symptoms have improved by 85%...it doesn't help everyone, but has helped a lot of people all over the world. Please just look into it and see if it sounds like it would be worth trying. Allergies are tricky, and you don't have to have the "typical allergic" reactions like itchy eyes, sneezing, etc. There are different levels, and sometimes you may not have a reaction until 48 hours after ingesting or coming into contact with an allergen. It is your brain signaling a hyperactive response to a certain stimulus (allergen). NAET helps to reprogram the brain so it no longer signals a hyperimmune response. Please read Say Goodbye to Illness by Dr. Devi Nambudripad for a more thorough understanding of allergies and chronic illness. Headaches are commonly caused by an allergy. And you are right - benedryl isn't going to help. There is no magic cure, but consider trying acupuncture and/or NAET - I really think it could help you. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 04:14 AM
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  • Thanks. Some asian doctor suggested acupuncture. I guess I will try that route. And the other if it don't work.
    markofkane 1 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 09:29 AM
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  • Hi, I can sympathise with you about headaches. I am 23 and have suffered constant headaches since I was about 13 although they werent as bad until I got to about 19/20 - this was when i was at uni and the stress made them worse. I've tried all the medication the dr could suggest, saw a chiropractor and then decided to see a dietician as i too suffer from food allergies. I tried an elimination diet and noticed a remarkable difference with headaches (i get them every week, sometimes for 2-3 days with no difference , just constant thumping and nausea) i am unable to concentrate at work because they get that bad although make out i am fine because hate missing work! because you said you have food intolerance, do you think it can be caused by that? I never had real problems when i was younger but it seems the headaches are getting worse and the dietician believes as adults the intolerances can get worse the more we eat the food and keep it a regular intake into our body (ie if we limit the food we have a sort of threshold before symptoms come about) just a suggestion to maybe see a dietician as food can actually cause bad headaches and as with my case, my headaches are migraines but no medication has helped so it was so annoying that my fave foods (chocolate!) actually cause the headaches grr!! otherwise i can only suggest looking into pain management to help with the severity and to help alleviate the pain. I've been told I am very tense and i too get the neck pain, with sometimes the burning especially when in the same position for ages. the dr told me the neck pain can be all related to the migraine. I am considering deep tissue massage to help with mine but first i'm looking into the dietary side of things. as much as its annoying to miss out on foods i love or to change my diet, its so surprising how well you feel when you leave the foods out of your diet for a week or two. maybe even try this before you see a dietician just to see for yourself whether it is the foods and knock out the food as a possible cause if the headaches still persist. i really hope you find a cause and at least a way of controlling your headaches as i know how annoying they are. i'm lucky i dont get to vomiting but i do hate the bright lights and do suffer regularly so i know they get you down and can be frustrating. all the best :-)
    curly_lox 1 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 10:06 AM
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  • Thanks. Some asian doctor suggested acupuncture. I guess I will try that route. And the other if it don't work. You can find a certified acupuncturist on www.acufinder.com and type in your zip code. Try to find one who is NCCAOM certified in BOTH acupuncture and Chinese herbology. Hope you get some relief. Please give it some time. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 06:26 PM
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  • Chronic migraines almost daily for the last 25 years, pure ****, if you have good coverage try sumatriptan subcutaneous injections. Only thing that's even come close to working for me, not including narcotic pain relief. Best of luck
    Easygoing 1 Replies
    • September 13, 2012
    • 00:28 AM
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