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Year long headache, no answers. Help?

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  • Posted By: Fluster Zero
  • August 24, 2009
  • 11:31 PM

Hello I am 17 and my headache started a year ago... I need help with this asap so I can go to school this year, I was unable to complete school last year due to constant headaches that weren't bad at first, but gradually built up and are very overwelming now.

Symptoms:
Headache as soon as I wake up, before I even open my eyes
The headache hurts in the back of my neck, up the back of my head, and on top of my head. It does not stop hurting until I sleep.
Numb left arm(started about 8 months in)
when I open my mouth there is a kind of cracking noise in both of my ears
some minor eye pain

When standing up I have one or more of these happen:
dizziness
see bright light(vision goes for about 10-15 seconds)
see red/blue colors
tingling over my entire body
it feels like I gain 100 pounds and need to sit back down

other pain that may not be relavant to this:
knee aches for a few years now, on and off(knocked my knee cap out in 7th grade)
pain in almost all my teeth(pain cycles between them)

some background on myself:
I am 17
I lost about 80 pounds in 3 years lifting weights(intentional weight loss)
I used to crack my neck a lot starting about 4 years ago

what I have tried so far:
1st dr. had me take ivyprofin(sp?)
2nd dr put me on an anti depressant
2nd dr again put me on an anti inflamatory
2nd dr again put me on fieorset(sp?)caffine pill
neuroligist put me on a muscle relaxant
neur uped the dose
neur ups the dose again
sinus dr puts me on nasonex
dentist gave me antibiotics for my teeth
3 different chiropractors all saying they know what it is

none of them helped for more than maybe a day unless it was one of those rare days I felt decent

I have had an mri of the head, neck, xrays of head, neck, back, nerve conduction test, and sinus test. nothing.

I ask for any suggestion, my life was finally getting good, I lost weight to feel better about myself and finally had a little fun last year in school, and the headaches took that from me. I haven't done a fun activity since last summer... please help.

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  • today was the 1st day of my last year of school and I can't even make it out the door, my head is killing me... I don't know what to do, it doesn't seem like anyone will be able to help me anywhere I go doctor wise, its been going on a year and my mom still doesnt understand how bad this is...
    Fluster Zero 1 Replies
    • August 31, 2009
    • 11:21 AM
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  • today was the 1st day of my last year of school and I can't even make it out the door, my head is killing me... I don't know what to do, it doesn't seem like anyone will be able to help me anywhere I go doctor wise, its been going on a year and my mom still doesnt understand how bad this is...:confused:Has anyone suggested a spinal tap to see if you could be leaking spinal fluid? It does fit some of your symptoms. Good luck!
    blue_eyes_too 3 Replies
    • January 24, 2010
    • 04:32 AM
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  • :(has anyone suggested a spinal tap to see if you are leaking spinal fluid? today was the 1st day of my last year of school and I can't even make it out the door, my head is killing me... I don't know what to do, it doesn't seem like anyone will be able to help me anywhere I go doctor wise, its been going on a year and my mom still doesnt understand how bad this is...
    blue_eyes_too 3 Replies
    • January 24, 2010
    • 04:34 AM
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  • :(has anyone suggested a spinal tap to see if you are leaking spinal fluid?no doctors, I have heard of it but I had an injection the same day in the back of my head which I believe if it were leaking spinal fluid it would have stopped it then. I forget what the injection was called. Anyways I still have these headaches and they take up almost all of my day every day still.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2010
    • 01:19 AM
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  • Hello I am 17 and my headache started a year ago... I need help with this asap so I can go to school this year, I was unable to complete school last year due to constant headaches that weren't bad at first, but gradually built up and are very overwelming now. Symptoms:Headache as soon as I wake up, before I even open my eyesThe headache hurts in the back of my neck, up the back of my head, and on top of my head. It does not stop hurting until I sleep.Numb left arm(started about 8 months in)when I open my mouth there is a kind of cracking noise in both of my earssome minor eye pain When standing up I have one or more of these happen:dizzinesssee bright light(vision goes for about 10-15 seconds)see red/blue colorstingling over my entire bodyit feels like I gain 100 pounds and need to sit back down other pain that may not be relavant to this:knee aches for a few years now, on and off(knocked my knee cap out in 7th grade)pain in almost all my teeth(pain cycles between them) some background on myself:I am 17I lost about 80 pounds in 3 years lifting weights(intentional weight loss)I used to crack my neck a lot starting about 4 years ago what I have tried so far:1st dr. had me take ivyprofin(sp?)2nd dr put me on an anti depressant2nd dr again put me on an anti inflamatory2nd dr again put me on fieorset(sp?)caffine pillneuroligist put me on a muscle relaxantneur uped the doseneur ups the dose againsinus dr puts me on nasonexdentist gave me antibiotics for my teeth3 different chiropractors all saying they know what it is none of them helped for more than maybe a day unless it was one of those rare days I felt decent I have had an mri of the head, neck, xrays of head, neck, back, nerve conduction test, and sinus test. nothing. I ask for any suggestion, my life was finally getting good, I lost weight to feel better about myself and finally had a little fun last year in school, and the headaches took that from me. I haven't done a fun activity since last summer... please help.----------------------------------Hey there, Although many of the people that replied did not sound like they have had first hand experience. I can 1000% guarantee that i do. I have had chronic daily migraines for three and a half years now. I realize you posted this in August, so I am not sure if since they you have found anything to help. I am not sure where you are located ( Assuming in the US) first of all, I can assure you that a lot of the things you described are quite typical. Don't worry, you're not dying. There are two main migraine clinics in the U.S. One is in Ann Arbor, Michigan (MHNI) and the other is in Chicago, IL ( Diamond Headache Clinic) Both of them have inpatient units. And both have outpatiet things where you just do appointments. One thing a lot of doctors will recommend is keeping a food log and seeing if you have any "migraine triggers" do you stay away from alcohol, MSG ( a preservitive) wheat, eggs, caffeine, or citrus fruits. All of those are quite common triggers. Hopefull you have found some solutions by now, if not. Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2010
    • 04:20 AM
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  • :confused:What kind of shot did you have in your head? No matter what it would not have stopped the leak, if you had one. There is special treatment for that. It might be worth it to check it out. Good Luck, headaches are horrible as I am a migraine sufferer myself. I hope you find some help soon.no doctors, I have heard of it but I had an injection the same day in the back of my head which I believe if it were leaking spinal fluid it would have stopped it then. I forget what the injection was called. Anyways I still have these headaches and they take up almost all of my day every day still.
    blue_eyes_too 3 Replies
    • January 29, 2010
    • 04:51 PM
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  • I had a friend who got migraines every day for about 2 years. She tried everything. She went to the ER at least once a week. She'd been to neurologists, different GP's, head trauma specialists (though she had no head trauma), osteopath, and chiropractors. Nothing helped and so she'd go to the emergency room for something to help her sleep each time. Migraine medicine at the time was not developed yet apparently, because she was never given anything like imitrex. Anyway.One night I had a dream that someone else with her same first name cured her migraines. Exactly a month and a day later she went to see a nutritionist, who put her on a customized special diet, and her migraines stopped within 3 days. She has never had another migraine since then.Though you did not specifically insinuate that you have migraine headaches, it wouldn't hurt to try the nutrition route. I would be willing to bet that 50% of people with things like headache, fatigue, and general malaise may have nutritional deficiencies where a nutritionist can help. The human body is amazing, and if there is improper nutrition, some sort of newly developed and unknown allergy, the body's sudden inability to process certain things or break them down appropriately... these are a cause of a lot of symptoms, such as chronic headaches. I'd ask a nutritionist, couldn't hurt!
    Plastikfear 64 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey, I know how you feel. It has been a year this month that I have had a headache every single day. I am 17 too. School is impossible. I know this is a late post and I hope you have found answers by now. Don't loose hope it will get better. For the feeling you get when you stand up, look up neurocardiogenic syncope. My vision blacks out when I stand up and I almost faint. That’s what the doctors diagnosed me with. Try drinking 64oz of water a day and eating more salt in your diet. Ask a doctor about it and they can give you a test and help you from there. Your headache sounds like TMJ because of "that cracking noise" in your ears and pain in you teeth. Ask your dentist about it. A simple bite guard should help. I hope you are pain free.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 1, 2010
    • 07:52 PM
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  • Hello this headache may be due to work stress or weak eye sight. You must do mental exercises and use natural medicines or supplements they are realy beneficial to cure your problem. Take care.
    Alenjacks 14 Replies
    • January 3, 2011
    • 08:26 PM
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  • Hello I am 17 and my headache started a year ago... I need help with this asap so I can go to school this year, I was unable to complete school last year due to constant headaches that weren't bad at first, but gradually built up and are very overwelming now. Symptoms:Headache as soon as I wake up, before I even open my eyesThe headache hurts in the back of my neck, up the back of my head, and on top of my head. It does not stop hurting until I sleep.Numb left arm(started about 8 months in)when I open my mouth there is a kind of cracking noise in both of my earssome minor eye pain When standing up I have one or more of these happen:dizzinesssee bright light(vision goes for about 10-15 seconds)see red/blue colorstingling over my entire bodyit feels like I gain 100 pounds and need to sit back down other pain that may not be relavant to this:knee aches for a few years now, on and off(knocked my knee cap out in 7th grade)pain in almost all my teeth(pain cycles between them) some background on myself:I am 17I lost about 80 pounds in 3 years lifting weights(intentional weight loss)I used to crack my neck a lot starting about 4 years ago what I have tried so far:1st dr. had me take ivyprofin(sp?)2nd dr put me on an anti depressant2nd dr again put me on an anti inflamatory2nd dr again put me on fieorset(sp?)caffine pillneuroligist put me on a muscle relaxantneur uped the doseneur ups the dose againsinus dr puts me on nasonexdentist gave me antibiotics for my teeth3 different chiropractors all saying they know what it is none of them helped for more than maybe a day unless it was one of those rare days I felt decent I have had an mri of the head, neck, xrays of head, neck, back, nerve conduction test, and sinus test. nothing. I ask for any suggestion, my life was finally getting good, I lost weight to feel better about myself and finally had a little fun last year in school, and the headaches took that from me. I haven't done a fun activity since last summer... please help.Alot of headaches are caused by stress and sugar intake. Also, it could be the neck popping. I popped my neck for about half a year and sometimes get hour long headaches in the base of the back of my head, my forehead, and the sides of my head. It could also be what you are eating. Weight lifting with an unhealthy diet can cause serious problems. My good friend takes dance class with me, and often has to sit out due to headaches caused by sugar and dairy intake. Allergies could be causing something too. Go ahead and get a blood test done, and get your allergies analyzed. Allergies can cause lots of problems like, rashes, cold symptoms, mood swings, pimples, and of course headaches. Look at simple stuff that could cause it, because that's the stuff that the doctors miss. They are looking for damaged nerves and such, while it could be as simple as a food allergy. Try talking to a nurse. Part of their job is to recognize small things so that the doctor can treat it.
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  • Hi there,I frequently have headache when i wear lenes.i don't know what goes wrong after wearing them?Kindly suggest
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  • Thank You all for your help and perspectives.
    workclothes 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank You all for your help and perspectives. I have had a headache for about 12 years. I have been to several neurologists, chiropractors, doctors of osteopath, endocrinologists, etc. Acupuncture helps a little bit. I now go to a massage therapist. We figured out that my SCM muscle, that runs up and down the sides and back on your neck, is so tight and shortened that it refers pain up and down my neck, sides on my head, and across the forehead. She is going to work with me on scretching the muscle and I need to stretch me neck and shoulders every night after I apply heat for 20 minutes. This is actually helping me. I am surprised no doctor could figure this out for all the years I suffered from headache and neck pain.
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  • A migraine headache is a form of vascular headache. Migraine headache is caused by vasodilatation (enlargement of blood vessels) that causes the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around the large arteries of the brain. It is a debilitating condition characterized by moderate to severe headaches, and nausea, about 3 times more common in women than in men. The typical migraine headache is unilateral pain (affecting one half of the head) and pulsating in nature, lasting from 4 to 72 hours. The cause of migraines is unknown. Triggers - A minority of migraines maybe induced by triggers. The most common triggers quoted are stress, hunger, and fatigue; however, these equally contribute to tension headaches.One of my friend was suffering from severe migraine and underwent many treatments but medicines seemed to help temporarily. She then gave a shot for ayurveda treatment. We went to AyurVAID hospital and the treatment did help a lot. It has been months now and she haven't had a migraine attack, touchwood Guess you can also try ayurveda and get cured before migraine gets severe.Below is the link to the hospital. You can get in touch with them and know about the treatment procedure.
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  • what you are talking about sounds very very much like a muscle/bone problem. And the fact that you have been lifting weights really points toward it, weightlifting can really mess up the muscle balance. Especially the neck muscles, they will refer pain to a large number of places. - Maybe you feel your nose is blocked and sinuses are swollen- Maybe you feel dizzy, which you say you do.- Tight face and scalp muscles + tingling.- Tingling in arms- Neck soreness and creaky sounds from neck.- Reduced blood flow to head due to muscle tension- Feeling off balance because of impaired nerve communication due to muscle imbalance.- And much more! some get plugged ears because of muscles.I recommend you start doing some stretches for the Pectoralis minor and Major, latissimus dorsi and neck muscles. You can look up stretches for headache on the internet.But it sounds like its a muscular problem i think.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2012
    • 10:06 PM
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