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constant headache for over a year!

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  • Posted By: photo-insight
  • April 17, 2007
  • 09:57 AM

About 1 year ago I woke with what felt like a severe hangover (except I hadn't been drinking) and since then have been suffering daily headaches and numbness to the right side of my head with the following symptoms:-

Numb feeling above and behind my ear and to the back of my skull.
Sometimes a stabbing pain in my right temple.
Occasionally a tingling feeling down the right side of my face
After initial diagnosis of tension headache I was prescribed amotryptaline which has been gradually increased to 60mg.
Eventually I was referred to a neurologist who did a physical examination, agreed with the tension headache diagnosis and refused me a scan.
Since then my symptoms have roughly remained the same and only occasionally feel worse, but they are ever present on a daily basis.Please could anyone out there with similar symptoms or any knowledge of what may be the cause, please respond to this message..... I will be grateful for anything that will help me find a solution.

Many thanks, Dave.

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  • Dave,I am studying constant headaches in teens and came across your posting. Can you contact me and let me know how you are doing now and if anything was found to helped you.Thank you,Lyle HenryDirector of Migraine ResearchTuliv Ltd. Co.Lxhenry@Tuliv.com
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 07:51 PM
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  • HI:I also have had headaches for 7 months and in my 20's I had constant headaches for 4 years. I've taken all types of medication and nothing has worked. Doc's say it could be from severe trama I had to my head from diving accidents or it could be tension headaches caused from stress.what do you do for relief? I lie down to relieve the pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2009
    • 05:29 AM
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  • It is possible that you grind/clench your teeth at night. Many people suffer from this, and this problem can go unnoticed for years. A visit to the dentist would be worth a try.
    pearl1975 13 Replies
    • February 24, 2009
    • 08:56 AM
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  • I have that too. And I'm 19. I ended up having permanent head trauma because of an accident and seizures now. Every once in awhile I'll have a headache that lasts for a week with numbness in different spots, these can be miniature seizures, pinched nerves in your back/neck, bleeding of the brain, tumors, trauma/stress induced epilepsy etc. The best thing you can do is go to a doctor. If he can't find anything then go to a chiropractor. I know A LOT of Doctors don't agree with them, but I also know a few who do, and when I had bones in my back broken and pinched nerves from my accident an x-ray and a few alignments did wonders and cut my physical therapy in half. Valium and Tryptophan work AMAZING. Glasses of Milk/Supplement pills of tryptophan (milk contains big amounts of it) work as a neurotransmitter to help calm the spasming of muscles/ your brain, and If they do turn out to be seizures it's a non-addictive way to keep them in check. The Valium also numbs the pain by getting the muscles and lobes of your brain to relax. Hope this works :)(pre-med student),LC
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 26, 2009
    • 03:15 AM
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  • That sounds similar to episodic cluster headache, although that's usually in patterns. You could be overusing medication, alcohol, or you may even need glasses. You could be worried or anxious about something even if you're not, it could just be in your subconcious mind. It could be a tension headache and if it is then you should see your doctor about using Magnesium salt, as it has been reccomended for paediatric tension headaches.Although never get yourself worried or thinking things as this will only cause even more problems for yourself and more than likely it will turn out to be something that isn't serious. But it is best to look out for any one of those symptoms. Another thing is you could also have a problem with your sinuses. I wish you well._________________Anxiety therapy technique without medications
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  • I have a similar problem. I woke up October 1, 2008 with an intense headache and to this day I haven't had any relief from it at all. I have had lots of blood work, a CT scan, 3 MRI's, and a spinal tap and still no diagnosis. Trying different medications to lessen the intensity of the headache is all that they are doing for me now. I have seen a neurologist, a rheumatologist, and many other doctors and still nothing. I feel your pain and I wish for both of our sakes someone could figure out what was causing the headaches. Best of luck. Brittany
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 24, 2009
    • 04:52 AM
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  • I have a similar problem. I woke up October 1, 2008 with an intense headache and to this day I haven't had any relief from it at all. I have had lots of blood work, a CT scan, 3 MRI's, and a spinal tap and still no diagnosis. Trying different medications to lessen the intensity of the headache is all that they are doing for me now. I have seen a neurologist, a rheumatologist, and many other doctors and still nothing. I feel your pain and I wish for both of our sakes someone could figure out what was causing the headaches. Best of luck. BrittanyBrittany,Have you tried asking your doctor or nurse practitioner to let you try some Synthroid? It sounds exactly like my 4-year headache. Nothing helped! And then my FNP did very specific thyroid testing, and voilà, she found the diagnosis: hypothyroidism. With my very inexpensive tiny pill I'm a completely new person. I feel like I wasted 4 years, in daily pain, trying to get someone to listen to me. I hear you. Find a FNP.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2009
    • 04:23 AM
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