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Headaches, Maybe Sinus Headache

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 16, 2008
  • 10:17 PM

I have read many threads searching for someone to report having the same as mine and have not come across one type that I can say "that is me". There are so many different types of headaches.
I suffered from headaches for over 15 years. At first I thought it was normal then I noticed that they were getting worse and worse. What I notice is that my nasal pasages swell when I get my headaches or while I have my headaches. I don't know if the swelling causes the headaches or the headaches cause the swelling. My headaches hurt on my right side temple, right under my eyebrows, right behind my cheecks, deep behind my nose, on my left side temple, my top left side teeth (never on the right side teeth), top of my head towards the left side, behind my head (almost on my left side of my neck). My head at times feels foggy, my memory not at best, and my train of thought is gone at times. Just to write this has taken me a long time.
I have had CT scans, MRIs, blood tests, allergy tests, and sleep apnea studies done, just recently I had that done again, but nothing. Some of these done at Stanford Medical Center.
I have taken diffrent medications for my headaches and none have worked. Topomax, indomethecin (? spelling), Trimex, Claritin, Flonase, Astelin, Veramyst, Nasonex, Allegra, Avelox, Ceftin, Deltasone and many more that I don't recall since its been years suffering of headaches.
Doctors ask me if it is Migraine or this or that..I don't know, I only known this type and I don't know what it is called. We kinda have agreed to call it Sinus Headaches. They have given me antibiotics for the sinuses but still I have my headaches. I sometimes do not feel my sinuses swollen and I still have a headache.
I now take 4 advils in the morning another 4 at around 3pm and another 4 at 10pm. I also take Sudafed at night to help me sleep and breathe comfortly. I have tried not taking anything at all and see how the headache would last and I think it would last for ever. The longest I could hold for was about 8 hours, the aches are very strong.
I have turned to and read about natural drugs, one called Biodefender made by Balanceuticals. A friend told me about it and I bought a bottle and used it all as recommended, it is a 2 week deal. I had been keeping track of my headaches on a graph provided by a neurologist I am seeing in San Francisco. I keep track of how severe my headaches are, these are rated 1 to 10 and hour by hour. I noticed that in the middle of the second week of taking Biodefender, my headaches came down from being rated 9 or 10, to a 4. I am going to go get me another bottle of it and continue taking them and see if the headaches subside. I will come back and report what happens.

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  • Have you tried imitrex or any other tryptans for migraines? If they turn out to be migraines, you might want to try another kind of prophylactic besides the topamax. There are four classes of drugs used to prevent migraines (tryptans are used to get rid of a migraine that has started and are not prophylactic):Migraine prophylactics:1. anticonvulsants, such as topamax2. tricylic antidepressants, such as elavil3. calcium channel blockers, such as verapmail4. beta blockers, such as propranololMaybe you could see another headache specialist who can better classify your headaches.I'm sorry you're in so much pain.I had headaches (migraines) for a long time, but with other symptoms (fatigue) that you don't have- and I turned out to have something called Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. Now I take steroids on top of imitrex for my headaches and it works much better.Best Wishes
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  • Have u looked into (TN) trigeminal neuralgia....this effects ur jaw/teeth, eye socket,my eye swells, close's & side of face puffs, head, nose, & pressure at the back of head & neck, neck feels like someone has it me with a baseball bat......one of my first diagnoses was Sinusitis, then Migraine & eventually TN..........its very difficult to treat. Mine's been going on 11yrs now. Have u ever had a whiplash injury ? this is one of the causes although not all. Also for migraine's, Imigrin injections are very effective taken at the onset of migraine. I hope u get some relief from ur pain. good luck :)
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  • Have you tried imitrex or any other tryptans for migraines? If they turn out to be migraines, you might want to try another kind of prophylactic besides the topamax. There are four classes of drugs used to prevent migraines (tryptans are used to get rid of a migraine that has started and are not prophylactic):Migraine prophylactics:1. anticonvulsants, such as topamax2. tricylic antidepressants, such as elavil3. calcium channel blockers, such as verapmail4. beta blockers, such as propranololMaybe you could see another headache specialist who can better classify your headaches.I'm sorry you're in so much pain.I had headaches (migraines) for a long time, but with other symptoms (fatigue) that you don't have- and I turned out to have something called Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. Now I take steroids on top of imitrex for my headaches and it works much better.Best WishesThank you elke for your post..I will talk to my doctor about what you suggest. Yes, I have tried imetrex, that is the one I was refering by trimex. It has been a while since I tried it. It did not do anything for me.
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  • Have u looked into (TN) trigeminal neuralgia....this effects ur jaw/teeth, eye socket,my eye swells, close's & side of face puffs, head, nose, & pressure at the back of head & neck, neck feels like someone has it me with a baseball bat......one of my first diagnoses was Sinusitis, then Migraine & eventually TN..........its very difficult to treat. Mine's been going on 11yrs now. Have u ever had a whiplash injury ? this is one of the causes although not all. Also for migraine's, Imigrin injections are very effective taken at the onset of migraine. I hope u get some relief from ur pain. good luck :)Thanks for your post Tootsie..I don't think my headaches are Migraines because from what I understand Migraines will come and go. Mine are there for a long, long time. I am siding with Sinus Headaches because if I bend down I get like a head rush feeling and makes my headaches stronger. I never heard of TN. I will ask my doctor about it. I have had car accidents where I suffered whip lash.Have you seen how a hose gets swollen as if it has eaten a ball? How it get blown almost to the point of bursting? I feel like a blood vessel in the side of my head is like the hose where blood is going through but it is creating so much pressure in allow it to go through that it boulches up and feels like it is going to burst. I can feel my heart beat there. The ache is throbbing..
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  • I had sinus headaches for years due to severe allergy problems. Today I walked outside and during the heighth of pine pollin season with NO symptoms. I have been drinking a natural food called Original Limu. The has a super nutrient, fucoidan, and it has made a change in my life nothing else has over many years of suffering with sinus problems.www.pubmed.gov has over 700 studies on fucoidan.If you are still suffering from sinus, go to my website www.discoverlimu.com/cindyhockenjosand let me know what you think!
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  • If medications do not work you may to try alternative therapies such as acupuncture, biofeedback, massage, chiropractic (spinal manipulative therapy). They tend to be helpful for different headache types.Also, this page lists different medications, used for migraine headaches:http://www.emedexpert.com/classes/migraine.shtml
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2008
    • 09:04 AM
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  • Have you tried imitrex or any other tryptans for migraines? If they turn out to be migraines, you might want to try another kind of prophylactic besides the topamax. There are four classes of drugs used to prevent migraines (tryptans are used to get rid of a migraine that has started and are not prophylactic):Migraine prophylactics:1. anticonvulsants, such as topamax2. tricylic antidepressants, such as elavil3. calcium channel blockers, such as verapmail4. beta blockers, such as propranololMaybe you could see another headache specialist who can better classify your headaches.I'm sorry you're in so much pain.I had headaches (migraines) for a long time, but with other symptoms (fatigue) that you don't have- and I turned out to have something called Hashimoto's Encephalopathy. Now I take steroids on top of imitrex for my headaches and it works much better.Best WishesHello,How did they discover the Hashinoto's Encephalopathy? I was just diagnosed with severed hypothyroidism and am fearful that the orignial diagnosis of TN is really HE. Please reply.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2010
    • 04:29 PM
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