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Chronic Headache with other symptoms

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  • Posted By: csomerl
  • June 8, 2009
  • 11:46 PM

Headache-Chronic starting at the base of skull which radiates behind my eye and around my head.
Mental fog-Disconnected feeling Trouble concentrating difficulty finding the right word
Visual-Extreme sensitivity to light- eye twitching floaters, seeing flashes
Voice changes- voice cracking
Ringing in ears poor hearing
Neck pain
Balance issue- walking into objects like doors
High blood pressure
Heart palpitations rapid heart beat-pain
Sleep Apnea
Fatigue
Insomnia
Constipation
Depression
Anxiety
Overall sick feeling-
 
 
Not migraines. I've done physical therapy, chiropractor, mri of head, mri of neck, ct scan of head, blood tests, eye check, and many doctors. Nothing. Everything is negative and clean. Is this my fate? To suffer like this for life? It has ben 10 plus years feeling like ****. The neuro swore that is was my sleep apnea and that a CPAP would cure me. I tried it for three months and didn't notice a single improvement. WTF? They gave me fiorcet, vicodin, ansaid, zoloft, inderol, and the tramadol. The tramadol is the only thing that relieves the pain but not completely. The last thing I've got is a headache clinic that I am going to next week in Raleigh. Any insight, suggestion, words of encouragement wold really be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • I've had almost all the same symptoms. I think I am depressed as no doctor will listen so now I am on Lexapro as of last week. I also found out from an MRI that I have a moderately deviated septum and that led me to sphenopalatine neuralgia when I googled it last night. It causes nasal congestion on one side which causes mucuous to run down my throat causing cracking voice and postnasal drip at night that makes me cough sometimes. My eye always feels swollen, which is where the headache starts when it gets bad. My eyelid is more droopy on the side affected as I have had the pain/swelling on and off for 8 mo. look it up! It is caused by an irritation of the sphenopalatine ganglion and it catogorized under facial pain syndromes. It is helped by nasal decongestants or surgery. If I take Nasonex on the affected side it helps keep it at bay with less headaches as the Nasonex can reduce the swelling that is pressing on the nerve. I am going to ask my doctor to send me to a neurologist or ear nose throat doctor to see if he agrees I may have this syndrome. I'm hoping the depression meds help with the confusion and loss of words that I am experiencing.
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  • Thanks for the reply. I just went to a headache clinic in Raleigh yesterday, and it may be my thyroid. I've dealing with all these symptoms for a good 15 years and I've been determined to find out what's wrong for over year and this is the first time that I had ever heard that. He did a battery of blood tests and I have to go back in two weeks. He started me on hydrocortisole to help with my adrenaline not sure why though. So much info and and everything was different. I am hoping that this suffering will end! Thanks.
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  • I started taking tramadol too, but stopped for about 6 days now. It is also the only drug that will relieve my headache, but i am scared to take it for more than a week at a time because I don't want to get addicted to it. I am going to see a neurologist this friday. I hope they can help.
    touchet 5 Replies
    • October 13, 2009
    • 04:40 AM
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  • The Tramadol was hard to come off of. I would advise not taking it all. I still get headaches everyday. It had nothing to do with my thyroid unfortunately. It actually turned out that I have low testosterone. Every time I go to the dr. it is something new and none of the drs agree on anything. My blood work showed that I also have a vitamin D deficiency. At this point I am reaching for anything that will help but still can't find out what is wrong or get relief. It just seems to be tension headaches but I can't get any relief. I do feel better after I exercise but the relief doesn't last very long. I started taking Vitamin D, a multi vitamin, and St. John's Wort. I'm trying to stay away from the meds. I just take inderol for high blood pressure and rub on some Androgel for low T. I guess I will just have to deal with it but it really affects my mood. I am so irritable and moody it sucks. I hope that you have better luck with the neuro. What types of problems are you having? Best of luck to you.
    csomerl 4 Replies
    • October 13, 2009
    • 01:55 PM
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  • Headache-Chronic starting at the base of skull which radiates behind my eye and around my head. Mental fog-Disconnected feeling Trouble concentrating difficulty finding the right word Visual-Extreme sensitivity to light- eye twitching floaters, seeing flashes Voice changes- voice cracking Ringing in ears poor hearing Neck pain Balance issue- walking into objects like doors High blood pressure Heart palpitations rapid heart beat-pain Sleep Apnea Fatigue Insomnia Constipation Depression Anxiety Overall sick feeling-  Not migraines. I've done physical therapy, chiropractor, mri of head, mri of neck, ct scan of head, blood tests, eye check, and many doctors. Nothing. Everything is negative and clean. Is this my fate? To suffer like this for life? It has ben 10 plus years feeling like ****. The neuro swore that is was my sleep apnea and that a CPAP would cure me. I tried it for three months and didn't notice a single improvement. WTF? They gave me fiorcet, vicodin, ansaid, zoloft, inderol, and the tramadol. The tramadol is the only thing that relieves the pain but not completely. The last thing I've got is a headache clinic that I am going to next week in Raleigh. Any insight, suggestion, words of encouragement wold really be appreciated. Thanks.Ditto on ALL accounts. Please look into 'basal migraines'. It was an ah-ha! moment for me.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2009
    • 03:53 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply. I just went to a headache clinic in Raleigh yesterday, and it may be my thyroid. I've dealing with all these symptoms for a good 15 years and I've been determined to find out what's wrong for over year and this is the first time that I had ever heard that. He did a battery of blood tests and I have to go back in two weeks. He started me on hydrocortisole to help with my adrenaline not sure why though. So much info and and everything was different. I am hoping that this suffering will end! Thanks.I had a craving for raw rice and ice that i ate constantly,suddenly one morning i woke up and felt like i was drunk,along with my brain feeling like cold water was throwing on it.I still get these headaches and i feel light headed.Can someone help me.
    bruorp 2 Replies
    • November 2, 2010
    • 01:58 PM
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